General Investment

How to Avoid Online Brokerage Account Fees: Investment Guide

Richard Barrington

Online stock trading can be surprisingly expensive if you don't know how to minimize commissions and other fees.

Scottrade review: Low fees and strong customer service

Satta Sarmah-Hightower

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

Bear markets, corrections and crashes: What bad news about stock investments mean

Richard Barrington

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

How to invest in rental properties: 8 real estate factors to consider

Richard Barrington

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

Richard Barrington

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?

Richard Barrington

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

10 steps for getting started in investing

Richard Barrington

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.

What is a mutual fund?

Richard Barrington

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.