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    Mutual Funds
    The Pros and Cons of Mutual Funds
    The Pros and Cons of Mutual Funds Mutual funds are becoming a very popular way for individuals to own a piece of corporate America. Instead of buying shares in individual stocks, an investor buys shares in a mutual fund that, in turn, buys share...
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    Money and Kids
    The Rewards of Stock Market Investment
    The Rewards of Stock Market Investment In the past four years, we've seen record returns of more than 20 percent annually in the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 (explained in Understanding Financial Terminology). You know that today you...
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    Money and Kids
    Teach Kids to Diversify Their Investments
    Teach Kids to Diversify Their Investments When your child is saving her pennies in a jar, it's probably a good idea to keep everything in one place. This way, she'll see how her savings grow by looking at how high the coins rise in the jar. As y...
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    Investing
    Things Your Investment Advisor Should Never Do
    Things Your Investment Advisor Should Never Do There are some things your financial advisor might do that you don't like, such as take off every Friday afternoon to head for the beach or recommend that you put money in an investment that ends up...
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    Investing
    Finding a Reputable Financial Advisor
    Finding a Reputable Financial Advisor Dollars and Sense Just because your father has been working with the same financial guy for 25 years doesn't necessarily mean that you should work with him, too. Perhaps, though, that service record should ...
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    Investing
    Understanding the Risks of Investing
    Understanding the Risks of Investing Everyone knows that investing money is never risk-free. The idea is for you to find the investments that offer the best chance for a good return, with the least amount of risk, and that takes some know-how. S...
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    Stock Market
    How Does the Stock Market Work?
    How Does the Stock Market Work? Listen to the stock reports sometime, or try to read that impossibly tiny print they use to list them in most newspapers. They're filled with words and phrases like NASDAQ, the Dow Jones, blue chip stock, and comp...
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    Investing
    Get Started Investing
    Get Started Investing Beginning investors often are confused about exactly how to get started. Do you just walk into an investment firm and announce that you're ready to buy? Do you call an 800 number and commit your investments to a voice on th...
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    Investing
    What Kind of Investor Do You Want to Be?
    What Kind of Investor Do You Want to Be? Not all investors are created equally. Some are the aggressive, make-me-rich-quick kinds, who want to make a killing on their investments. They rarely do, or at least not for long, mind you, but they're s...
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    Mutual Funds
    Mutual Funds
    Mutual Funds Mutual funds are the most common investment vehicle for individuals, because they don't require a lot of money to get started. They carry some other advantages, as well. Show Me the Money Mutual funds are investments that pool the ...
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    Stock Market
    Stock Market Basics
    Stock Market Basics Don't Go There If you've ever entertained the notion of day trading, forget about it. It's a dangerous business, and most people don't know enough about the stock market to be effective in day trading. We frequently hear peo...