mutual funds

The 9 Best Performing Mutual Funds of the 2000s

How's the market been treating you? If you've dosed up on biotech and health care over the past 15 years, your portfolio should be pretty healthy.

9 Top Mutual Funds for Low-Risk Investors

If you want to protect your nest egg without a lot of worry or hassle, consider these low-risk mutual funds that'll help you sleep at night.

10 Top Mutual Funds for Income Investors

Whether you're closing in on retirement or just need some extra cash, these 10 well-crafted mutual funds are worth a look.

4 Sneaky Investment Fees to Watch For

Are you paying too much for investments you already own? These overlooked fees can add up quick.

How to Build an Investment Portfolio for Under $5000

So you've been diligently saving and you're ready to move some money into longer term investments. Try this easy-to-follow plan for investment newbs.

7 Ways to Invest in Biotech Without Getting Burned

Thinking about trying your hand at biotech? Investing the pharmaceutical sector is risky, but with a little insight, you can see hefty returns.

5 Easy Ways to Start Green Investing

Nurture your financials and Mother Earth at the same time with five eco-friendly investments that do well for you and the planet.

5 Best Online Brokerages for Your IRA

You know you should be socking more away for retirement, but how? Start now with an IRA at one of these newbie friendly online brokerages.

8 Ways ETFs Can Put More Money in Your Pocket Than Mutual Funds

It used to be that that the smart way to invest simply was to buy mutual funds. Not anymore — ETFs are where your money should go.

The 5 Best Reasons to Start Investing in Bonds Now

Bonds offer investors several advantages, but you should understand their potential risks and basic terms before you jump in.

Is This Hidden Cost Sapping Your Retirement Savings?

You may know how fund expenses can sap retirement accounts, but some funds also have even sneakier fees you should be aware of.

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