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Strategies for Your Investment 'Garden'

But could the skills you deploy at gardening be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing?

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Newer Investors: Don't Panic if Bear Market Returns

Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the bull market of the past nine years, so you might not know what to expect – or how to respond – whenever the next bear market strikes.

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What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility?

Let's look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

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How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?

Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don't forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

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Time is a Key Factor in Investing

Time can affect how you invest, and the results of your investing, in different ways.

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New Year's: Time for Financial Resolutions

All these are worthy goals, of course, but why not also add some financial resolutions?

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Time to Review Your Investment Strategy for the Year

It's this return objective that you should evaluate over time – not the return of an arbitrary benchmark that isn't personalized to your goals and risk tolerance.

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How Can You Share Your Financial ‘Abundance’ With Your Family?

If you want to ensure your financial resources eventually are shared in the way you envision, you will need to follow a detailed action plan.

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Checklist for Helping You Choose a Financial Professional

You can use a checklist for just about any significant endeavor – including the task of choosing a financial professional to help you achieve your important goals.

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Does Market Volatility Scare You?

But some people seem to have real fears about other things – such as what may happen in the financial markets. One way to keep those fears at bay is to avoid certain impulsive moves.

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International Investing: Still a Journey to Consider

As an investor, you don't have to "cross the ocean blue," as Columbus did, to find opportunities – but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.

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Brighten Your Grandchildren's Financial Future

If you're a grandparent, you might expect to receive some nice cards, but if you want to make the day especially meaningful, you may want to consider giving some long-lasting financial gifts to your grandchildren.

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Are You a 'Hardworking' Investor?

You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.

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Can You Save for College and Retirement?

Your first step in addressing these objectives is to maintain realistic expectations. Consider the issue of paying for college. Right now, the average four-year cost (tuition, fees, room and board) is about $80,000 for in-state students at public universities and approximately $180,000 for private schools, according to the College Board. And these costs are likely to keep rising in the years ahead

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Stay Calm on the Investment 'Roller Coaster'

Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the "roller coaster" of the financial markets?

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Diversify Your Investments But Consolidate Your Providers

So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers – after all, aren't two (or more) heads better than one?

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Match Short- and Long-Term Goals With the Right Investments

As an investor, then, one of your biggest challenges will be to match your short- and long-term goals with the appropriate investment vehicles. How should you proceed?

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What Can Investors Learn from the All Stars?

If you're a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you're an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars.

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Don't Let Your Investments Take a 'Vacation'

But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

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What Does Conservative Investing Mean to Older Investors?

For starters, it's useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over time. When you're first starting out in your career, and even for a long time afterward, you can afford to invest somewhat aggressively, in stocks and stock-based investments; because you have time to overcome the inevitable short-term market drops. At this stage of your life, your primary concern is growth – you want your portfolio to grow enough to provide you with the resources you'll ne

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Smart Investing Can Help You Race Toward Your Goals

That's certainly true when you invest. You need the fortitude to keep on investing, in good markets and bad ones, and during all the phases of your life – even after you've retired. It might not always be easy – during turbulent markets, you may be tempted to take a "time out" – but the most successful investors are usually the most persistent ones.

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Be An 'Environmentally Friendly' Investor

And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

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Don't Get Swayed by These Investment 'Myths'

Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" – which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice.

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What's Smarter: Paying Off Debts or Investing?

Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals.

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Consider Some New Year's (Financial) Resolutions

By reviewing your needs and goals, you can identify some resolutions that are particularly relevant to your own situation.

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