Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:05 am
By Greg McBride, CFA ·

See why this might be a good time to consider trading in your traditional IRA for a Roth IRA.

Monday, September 28, 2015 6:05 am
By Mark Hamrick ·

In this podcast: how stock investors can stay sane, and how you can land a holiday job.

Monday, August 31, 2015 1:37 pm
By Sheyna Steiner ·

Goosed by stock market losses last week, some 401(k) investors sold out of stocks and bought fixed-income investments, HR consultant Aon Hewitt reported.

Monday, August 31, 2015 6:05 am
By Dr. Don Taylor ·

Recent market volatility has investors concerned about the potential for a correction and how they can protect their portfolio against losses.

Monday, April 20, 2015 2:12 pm
By Dr. Don Taylor ·

When investors own a dividend-paying stock, they receive the dividend payments over time but don’t realize any capital gain yield on the stock until the position is sold.

Monday, October 20, 2014 6:05 am
By Doug Whiteman ·

The recent ups and downs — mostly downs — on Wall Street have not been for the faint of heart. Anxiety levels have been raised even further by some behind-the-scenes turbulence. It can be tough enough for an investor to white-knuckle it and hold on tight while markets are behaving like a bucking bronco, but

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 9:34 am
By Jean Chatzky ·

How should you react to headlines that tell you a crash is imminent?

Friday, June 01, 2012 1:48 pm
By Sheyna Steiner ·

Investors have shunned stocks in favor of less risky options. Can psychology explain why? Learn more at

Friday, August 05, 2011 3:10 pm
By Barbara Whelehan ·

When it comes to retirement planning, 401(k) investors are notorious for succumbing to inertia. After setting up their contribution levels and selecting funds, they turn their attention to other things — often for years at a time. Participants who are automatically enrolled in their plans take the ultimate hands-off approach. So it came as a