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How would you evaluate your knowledge about investing? Take a deeper dive into investing by reviewing our articles that discuss a variety of topics, including college savings, mutual funds, stocks, portfolio diversification, IRAs, estate planning and more.
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What's the Difference Between Stocks & Bonds?

Before making investments, you'll likely want to understand the difference between basic asset types.
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Investing Basics: 6 Questions You May Be Too Embarrassed to Ask

Here are some common questions about investing, and their answers, to help get you up to speed.
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Investment Education: 5 Common Investment Myths Debunked

Do you need to be a millionaire to invest? Is investing equivalent to pulling the lever on a slot machine? We're here to debunk these myths and more.
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9 Mutual Fund Terms Defined

If you're new to the world of mutual funds, you may want to understand these terms.
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What Is an Index Fund & How Does One Work?

An index fund is a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund that owns the stocks or bonds that comprise an index, such as the S&P 500 or Russell 2000. 
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Mutual Funds vs. Stocks: Which to Choose?

While stocks can make up a mutual fund, the two are not the same thing. So what's the difference between them, and why does it matter?
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How to Pick a Mutual Fund: 5 Considerations for Your Next Investment

No mutual fund will be a good fit for everyone, but a few key factors may help you make the right decision.
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4 Ways to Consider Investing With Little Money

Even if you don't have a lot of money, there are still a number of ways to start investing.
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The Impact of Inflation on Your Savings & Investments

Understanding how market forces can influence your assets is the first step toward protecting yourself against potential adverse effects.
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401(k) Loan vs. Hardship Withdrawal: What Are the Financial Implications?

Some 401(k) plans allow you to withdraw money early under certain circumstances, but understanding the impact on your finances is important. 
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How Bonds Work: The Basics

Bonds can be a standard component of a diversified portfolio. Here are the basics of different kinds of bonds and how they work.
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5 Ways to Help Grow Your Investment Skills

Does the idea of learning about investing feel overwhelming? Here are some ways to potentially help you build your investment skills.
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Investment Terms for Beginners: From Bonds to IRAs & 401(k)s

Investing for the first time? Consider getting familiar with these key terms. 
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Investing After College: What Are Your Options?

What are your biggest financial to-dos after college? Paying off student loans? Saving money? Those are important, but what about investing?
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What Does It Mean to Buy Term & Invest the Difference?

There's life insurance, there's investing ... but what about when you buy term and invest the difference? Here's what it means.
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Are You Using the Benefits of Compounding Interest?

Compounding interest could help you reach your financial goals. Find out how it works and explore the benefits of long-term saving.
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Could a Diversified Portfolio Help You Reach Your Financial Goals?

As the saying goes, don't put all your eggs in one basket. But could this also be true for investing? Portfolio diversification could help you manage risk and reach your financial goals.
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How Do Mutual Funds Work?

Mutual funds aren't complicated. Learn all about mutual funds here and explore how they could help supplement your retirement savings — and help with diversification.
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