mutual funds

3 Steps to Getting Started in the Stock Market With Index Funds

For new investors with limited resources, the stock market can be confusing and intimidating. Index funds are an easy, low risk, and affordable way to get started.

Why Index Funds Are the Best Choice for New Investors

New investors may be tempted to move their mutual fund investments into an actively managed fund. Choose an index fund instead to avoid a costly mistake.

8 Cheap, Easy, and Not-So-Obvious Ways to Invest in a Company's Stock

There are many ways to invest besides buying shares in a company's stock through a brokerage firm. Discover eight cheap (or free!) ways.

A Guide to Online Brokers for Investing Newbies (and Beyond)

Online brokers are known for cheap stock trades, but there's more to consider when selecting a firm. Use this guide to make a choice that works for you.

Investing With Your Values

Sure, you recycle. But are you investing in companies that trash the planet? Here's how to find out whether your investments line up with your ideals.

5 Reasons to Ditch Other Stock Investments for the S&P 500

Whether you're intimidated by the stock market or you just want a simpler way to invest, buying the S&P 500 index fund might be right for you.

What Is a Lipper Average, and Why Should We Care?

Companies brag about how their mutual funds beat Lipper averages. That sounds awesome...until you learn a little more about what a Lipper average is.

The Duel: ETFs vs. Mutual Funds

Which is the better investment? Know how ETFs and mutual funds work can help you decide which is best for your needs. Let's have them face off, and see how each performs.

Why young investors should "Stay the Course" and continue to invest

With the recent upheaval in the financial markets, many individual investors are feeling the pain of shrinking investment accounts. In fact, over $2 trillion dollars have been wipe

Socially Responsible Investing Goes Green

You drive and drink responsibly, spend your money responsibly, and act responsibly, don’t you? But do you invest responsibly? Can you invest responsibly?

Mutual Funds for Wise Bloggers

I know that Wise Bloggers are smart readers, so you might already know everything there is to know about mutual funds. However I have come across many very smart people who don't a

Book review: The Little Book of Common Sense Investing

If you're one of the people whose investment goal is simply the maximum long-term investment return with the least effort on your part, then you're not going to find a better in