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General Investment

Scottrade Review: Great for Beginners

By Satta Sarmah-Hightower | Money Rates Columnist |

Trading can be intimidating for beginners. Here is one of several online brokers that make it easy.

Keeping a calm head in a bad stock market is important for both investors and governments

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

A look at how the recent market slide ties into economic developments and government policy.

8 real estate investing tips to help maximize rental property investments

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

A look at what you need to know in order to make an investment in rental property work out for you.

13 reasons why penny stocks are risky: What to know before investing

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

Penny stocks, or microcap stocks, can offer spectacular returns, but more often they are prone to hype and scams.

Net-worth: More than a number?

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

A look at why net worth does not always tell the full story about someone's financial well-being.

How to Start Investing: A 10-Step Guide

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

Investing is a massive and complex field of study, but wading into it gradually with a step-by-step approach can help you learn steadily and minimize your risks.

Mutual Funds: What They Are and How They Work

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

Mutual funds are a popular investment option today, but they can have widely varying characteristics and levels of risk. Learn what you should know before investing.

Savings Bonds: What They Are and How They Work

By Richard Barrington | Money Rates Columnist |

Savings bonds offer excellent security, but there are a few things you should know before you purchase your first bond.