We’ve been hearing a lot in recent years about data breaches and online security threats. It often seems as if anytime we go online we’re stepping into a “cyber haunted house.” Now, that may be more than a little bit of an exaggeration, but it does make you wonder if it’s safe to trade stocks online. After all, if you’re a regular trader, you’re putting yourself at risk every time you go online to make a trade.
Most people invest in stocks through either mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs). That’s usually the right strategy, because picking winning stocks requires both time and knowledge. Unless you work in the investment industry, both are likely to be in short supply. However, what if you’re heavily invested in funds but are thinking of taking a plunge into individual stocks? If you’re invested only in funds, branching into stocks can be a real education. Or more to the point, education is what you’ll need to make it work!
Did you see the movie The Big Short? Based on a true story, it told the story of what happened when several hedge fund managers, investors and one bank salesman shorted the subprime mortgage market.
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A Dividend Aristocrat isn’t a rich snob from the days before the French Revolution. The 2017 S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats list is made up of 53 companies that have increased dividends (not just remained the same) for 25 years straight. Keep in mind, just because they are on this list now doesn’t mean in the future they will be forced to reduce their dividend.
You already do practically everything over the internet — from ordering pizza to renewing your driver’s license. So why aren’t you using an online stock broker too?
When opening a new investing account, it often seems easier just to stick with your existing online broker — even if you’re dissatisfied with the fees or customer service. Many investors believe that transferring brokers is difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s how to transfer your account without tearing your hair out in the process.
The Roth IRA is my favorite retirement vehicle. And I’m not alone in this sentiment — according to Investment Company Institute data, about one-third of all IRA investors have a Roth. And research from Fidelity Investments suggests Millennials and baby boomers alike are wholeheartedly embracing these savings accounts, contributing more money on an average annual basis into Roths than into traditional IRAs.
We all know we’re supposed to be investing into tax-advantaged retirement accounts — for the good of our financial futures. The foundation of your financial future is supposed to be your 401(k) or 403(b). And, for many people, these employer-sponsored accounts are a great option that allows them to save and prepare for the future… BUT… and this is a big “but”…
There are many competing investment theories about how to find the “best” investments based on your time frame, risk tolerance and specific objectives. One approach, dating back at least to Benjamin Graham’s 1949 book, The Intelligent Investor, is to identify “undervalued stocks” that for one reason or another are selling at prices far below their underlying values.