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What Is Fundrise and Should I Invest in It? Investing & Retirement June 7, 2019
Fundrise is a financial company that advertises itself as "a real alternative to investing in the stock market." The company…
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Should you have multiple target date funds? Investing & Retirement June 5, 2019
If you're confused by which target date fund to choose, you might be tempted to have multiple target date funds…
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5 Things to Know About Investing With Vanguard Investing & Retirement May 30, 2019
When it comes to investing, money expert Clark Howard favors investment companies that hold costs down for their customers and…
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Where to put your cash now Banks & Banking May 20, 2019
If you've successfully managed to set up your household budget such that you have some extra money saved up for…
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The Biggest Mistake People Make When Opening an Investment Account Investing & Retirement May 17, 2019
When opening an investment account such as a traditional or Roth IRA, there's a common mistake people make that could…
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Clark’s #1 Rule on Investing in Things Like Gold, Marijuana and Bitcoin Investing & Retirement May 13, 2019
We've recently been in the midst of the longest ever bull market in U.S. history, with stocks hitting several all-time…
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7 Things to Know About Investing With Fidelity Investments Investing & Retirement May 9, 2019
Do you invest with Fidelity Investments or are you thinking about investing with them? This popular online discount brokerage is…
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The most retirement-friendly states in 2019 Investing & Retirement April 26, 2019
One of my favorite economic concepts is that people respond to incentives. If a product you want is on sale,…
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Ask Clark: Is it still a bad idea to buy annuities? Investing & Retirement April 22, 2019
Insurance companies and other financial institutions love to sell annuities to deal with one of the biggest fears in many…
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How to Maximize Your Retirement Savings in 2019 Investing & Retirement April 18, 2019
When you're looking to save money for retirement, it's helpful to know how much cash you're allowed to stash in…
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Target Date Funds: Clark’s Favorite Retirement Investment Investing & Retirement April 10, 2019
Target date funds are the “easy button” for retirement investing. They can take the confusion and research out of investing…
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This SSA life expectancy calculator shows how long you’ll receive benefits Investing & Retirement February 8, 2019
Everyone wants to maximize their retirement benefits. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) life expectancy calculator can help you do…
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Vanguard founder John C. Bogle dead at 89: Read his words of wisdom Money & Credit January 17, 2019
If you're an investor and you own an index fund, you probably have John Clifton Bogle to thank. The legendary…
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The inventor of index funds lives by these 3 simple money rules Money & Credit December 10, 2018
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, John Bogle, founder and former chairman of index-fund behemoth Vanguard Group,…
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Ask Clark: Is StreetShares a legitimate investment opportunity? Money & Credit November 29, 2018
Want to earn 5% on your money? There's an opportunity out there, but it comes with some hazard. RELATED: Are…
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Ask Clark: What is a life insurance retirement plan and are they recommended? Insurance November 28, 2018
What if there were a way for you to avoid paying taxes in retirement? That's the promise offered by a…
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Bitsy app review: A new simple way to buy and store Bitcoin Money & Credit November 20, 2018
Tempted to buy Bitcoin on its recent 20% plunge because you believe in a robust future for cryptocurrencies? There's a…
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Vanguard’s new access to lower fees expected to save investors $80 million Money & Credit November 20, 2018
Vanguard is expanding access to lower investments fees from Wall Street to Main Street with its latest move. RELATED: These…
How to keep calm when the stock market gets chaotic
How to keep calm when the stock market gets chaotic Money & Credit November 19, 2018
Are you still reeling from the recent Wall Street rollercoaster ride? I get it. The Dow has been swinging wildly…
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Here’s a great way to give stock to kids as a gift Money & Credit November 9, 2018
With the holidays upon us, we're getting a lot of questions from folks who want to know how to give…
Saver’s Credit: How To Get Free Money To Save for Retirement
Saver’s Credit: How To Get Free Money To Save for Retirement Taxes November 2, 2018
If you think you have to earn a lot of money to be able to save for the future, you're…
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Reminder: The contribution limits for your 401(k) and IRA have gone up for 2019! Money & Credit November 1, 2018
Now that the calendar has turned you can contribute more money than ever to your retirement accounts! If you are…
Should you sell or stay put in the stock market?
Should you sell or stay put in the stock market? Investing & Retirement October 23, 2018
Are you worried by the current economics news? The latest headlines of looming recession are troubling. But money expert Clark…
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Do you need emergency savings if you’re already doing a good job investing? Money & Credit October 19, 2018
When people finally start deciding to save money, one of the more common questions is: "Do I need to build…
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Beware of Making This $300,000 Mistake With Your 401(k) Investing & Retirement October 18, 2018
There could be a hidden time bomb ticking in your 401(k) that could leave you with $300,000 less to spend…
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Should I roll over my 401(k) into an IRA when leaving my job? Money & Credit October 9, 2018
Paul Simon once famously sang about "50 ways to leave your lover," but there must be 101 reasons why people…
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The #1 mistake people make when opening an investment account Investing & Retirement October 5, 2018
Congratulations! You've finally contributed some money to a brokerage account like an IRA or a Roth IRA so you can…
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Why You Should Never Go to Your Bank for Investment Advice Money & Credit October 2, 2018
When you think of investing, do you immediately think about getting investment advice and buying investments through your local branch…
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Retirement needs may differ, but the math is the same for everyone Money & Credit September 27, 2018
Everyone’s financial retirement needs are specific to them. Some folks just need or want more money than others. Do you…
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Here’s how much of your monthly expenses Social Security will cover in all 50 states Investing & Retirement September 20, 2018
Will Social Security meet your monthly living costs in retirement? That depends on where you live... RELATED: AARP’s free Social…