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What is a Mutual fund and How Does it Work?

December 27, 2021

Regardless of what kind of investor you are — small or large, aggressive or conservative, or somewhere in between — mutual funds offer you diversification at a lower cost, this is often with the added benefit of professional management. For those reasons, mutual funds are one of the most popular investment vehicles for the majority of investors. So let’s take a look at what mutual funds are, and why you should consider them as part of your overall investment strategy. And before you make any investment decisions, seek out a trusted professional for investment advice.

Investing for Beginners: How to Plan for Your Future Today

October 11, 2021

You probably already know that one of the best ways to grow your money for the future is to invest it.  The first place to start is with your employer’s 401(k) which allows you to contribute on a regular basis, and not worry about what the market is doing on a daily basis.  Many 401(k) plans offer a company matching percentage, which is supplemented money.  For example: your employer offers a 3% match, make sure that you’re contributing at least 3% of your income to receive the full match.

If the idea of where to invest your hard-earned money is intimidating, there are usually mutual fund choices in an employer plan that provide an easy start point.  One type of diversified mutual fund will normally have a targeted year of retirement in the name, and this allows the mutual fund to manage your money for you.  What other investment decisions are important to consider?  Let’s explore how to start investing in a way that’s diversified with reasonable risk for your goals.

Posted in: brokerage, firm, fund, index, investing, market, plan, retirement, savings, stock

Converting Your 401(k) to an IRA

September 20, 2021

So you’re leaving your job to pursue new opportunities — congratulations! If you’ve been contributing to a 401(k) in your previous job, you want to make sure you’re safeguarding and optimizing that investment. Generally speaking, when you leave a job, but you’re not retiring, you have four options to address your 401(k) plan:

Our Favorite Free Online Courses for Financial Literacy

September 1, 2021

With the vast array of resources available online, many people are investing their time in self-development. While there are many valuable internet-based classes that charge a fee, we’ve outlined several free courses from reputable sources to help you become more financially savvy. Of course, you can also take advantage of free educational tools and tutorials on our website.

Posted in: Education, EVERFI, learning, management, money, Online, STEM, students

How to Save for Your Child's College Costs

August 6, 2021

Parents and guardians want the best for their children, and in today’s world, the best often means some sort of higher education. While the cost of higher education can drastically vary, based on whether the child earns scholarships, goes for a two-year or a four-year degree, studies in their home state or elsewhere, or pursues postgraduate degrees, education can be a big investment. Many parents are left wondering how to save for a child’s education. One fail-safe suggestion for saving for college is to start early. How you choose to save is up to you.

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