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Want Your Investments to Do Better? Stop Watching the News

If you want to be a better investor, consider stepping away from the market "news."

A Field Guide to Lousy Investment Advisers

"Superior" investment advice is a pretty rare thing. So rare, most of the time it's really just lousy.

The 3 Rules Every Mediocre Investor Must Know

The surprising truth is that mediocre investing advice is probably right for you. Learn about the basics.

The Surprising Truth of Investing: Mediocre Advice Is Best

While you might wish for superior investing advice, it turns out mediocre advice is really all you need.

How to Return Items Through Your Credit Card If the Store Refuses

Credit card policies can get you a refund when the store refuses. Just be sure to read the fine print.

7 Expensive Stocks That Are Totally Worth It

Make no mistake about it, these stocks are super-expensive — but they're not necessarily overpriced.

7 Reasons Millennials Should Stop Being Afraid of the Stock Market

Young people aren't investing as much as they should be — and it's costing them. Get over these fears and start putting your money to work.

4 Foolproof Ways to Protect Your Money From Inflation

Inflation may not be as taxing as it once was, but it still chips away at your money. Here's how to keep more of what's yours, for longer.

9 Great Stocks for Back-to-School Time

Back-to-school stocks are poised to have a strong autumn. Consider adding these strong cool-weather performers to your portfolio.

How Too Much Investment Diversity Can Cost You

Never put all your eggs in one investment basket. But how do you know if you have too many baskets?

10 Boring Investments That Are Surprisingly Profitable

Just because an investment may lack charisma doesn't mean it can't make you money. Consider adding these wallflowers to your portfolio.

10 Stocks That Are Actually Having a Good Year

The Stock Market stumbled into 2016, pulled down by cheap oil and worries about China. Despite all that, these stocks are stepping lively into spring.

11 Investing Tips You Wish You Could Tell Your Younger Self

If you could go back 20 years and give your younger you some investment advice, would it echo any of these 11 pearls of financial wisdom?

10 Best Stock Markets in the World in 2015

If you're looking for big gains and can tolerate a little risk, it's time to look abroad. Global stocks may be the answer to your investment needs.

Watch Out for These 5 Sneaky 401K Fees

Don't let fees and plan costs sap your 401K earnings. Watch out for these five hidden retirement fees.

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.

How to Effectively Complain to the Manager

There's more to complaining that just voicing your concerns. Learn how you can effectively complain to the manager and get results.

How to Get a Refund When Something Is Non-Refundable

The terms "non-refundable" and "non-returnable" make too many people avoid customer service. But with these tips, you can get results.

How To Get A Customer Service Phone Number, Fast!

What do you do when you can't find a company's customer service info? You can do an online search for the phone number, or you can keep two handy sites bookmarked.

The false goal of maximizing investment returns

Along about the middle of the dot-com boom--when the market had already had two years of 20% annual gains--I read an article that suggested that individual investors had no need of a cash reserve, because they could use credit cards in an emergency. [more]