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Understanding the Basics of Stock Values

Many novices might consider a stock’s price on the stock market to be a single number. The DJIA ticker at the bottom of the newsfeed lists a single price, after all, and an arrow to indicate whether it’s rising or falling. The reality is, stocks are...

The Basics of Investing in Bonds

  Investors seeking to diversify their portfolios would be wise to consider bonds. Bonds are debt instruments that differ fundamentally from investments in stocks. While stocks confer a portion of ownership in the issuing company, bonds do not. When an investor...

Three Different Ways to Invest $1,000

Having $1,000 to invest is a milestone. Typically, it means debts have been paid off and income exceeds expenses. Here are three different ways to invest that hard-earned $1,000. Betterment is an online financial advisor. New investors to the platform provide their...

The Pros and Cons of Income-Driven Repayment Plans

Income-driven repayment plans can seem like a godsend for people who are saddled with big debts. This type of payment plan is most commonly available for federally-administered student loans. Recent graduates in their 20s often aren’t making enough money to pay...

The Downsides of Emergency Funds

When it comes to managing finances, one of the first things suggested is to create an emergency fund to cover any unexpected expenses or loss of income. It’s great advice, but there are often overlooked downsides. Like the amount it takes out of a person’s income that...