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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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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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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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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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Just Got a Raise? Here Are 5 Goals to Put It Toward

You might be excited to spend the extra cash you just received from a raise — but consider putting it toward a specific financial goal instead. 
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What to Consider Before You Set Up a 529 Plan

A 529 plan can be an effective part of a long-term college savings strategy. Here's what to consider before you set one up.
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What Is a Spousal IRA? 

A nonworking spouse can still save for his or her own retirement with an IRA.
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2019 IRA Contribution Limits: How One Change Could Boost Your Retirement Income

The IRS increased the annual IRA contribution limit to $6,000 for 2019, meaning investing in an IRA may be more beneficial than ever.
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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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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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What Is an IRA? Here's What You Need to Know

An IRA could offer a great way to boost your retirement contributions while getting some potential tax advantages along the way.
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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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Estate Planning for Parents: How I Helped My Parents With Their Legacy

Estate planning for parents is a touchy — but important — subject. Here's how one woman helped her parents plan for tomorrow.
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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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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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