I didn't know much about investing a few years ago. I had a 401(k) through my employer and that was about it. Now, I have accounts with Betterment, Scottrade, Vanguard, and Motif Investing. Not only do I have a 401(k), but I have a Roth IRA, a SEP IRA, and two individual investment accounts. I don't pretend to know everything about investing, but I do understand that it's a part of growing your wealth. Since I'm on a mission to increase my net worth, I plan on using my investment and retirement accounts to get me there.

If you don't know much about investing, that's OK. This category gives you the necessary information you need to get started. Check out the articles, the investment service reviews, and you can even check out our new "best online brokerages" page for more information about the places you should look into investing. And yes, you can invest while paying off debt and you should!
Beginner Tips for making money in today's stock market
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Beginner Tips for Making Money on Today’s Stock Market

With the rollercoaster ride that’s been going since 2008, many people wonder if the stock market is still a viable option for making money and adding to a portfolio. It may not be for the faint of heart or anyone who’s looking for fast cash, but the stock market can still be a sound investment strategy. As a beginner, the stock market can be quite intimidating. It seems like a huge machine that will swallow …

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Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Start Investing Now
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Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Investing Right Now

  The stock market is down a good amount in 2016. The first month, which just ended was terrible. The Dow Jones Industrial tumbled 5.5%, while the Nasdaq went down nearly 8%. This could be a bad omen for 2016, but it’s not the end of the world. While some stick to their guns (literally) and funnel their money into bonds, gold, and other junk, I look for bargains. In fact, when the market is …

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How to Kick Financial Butt in the New Year
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How to Kick Financial Butt in the New Year

I hope your new year is getting off to an excellent start. If you’re anything like me, you have so many ideas running through your head and you use this time to plan out where you want to go.  Each new year can be used like a fresh start. I say this specifically for those who want to make a financial change. Remember, you can’t change the past, but you can use those past experiences …

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39 of the best financial tips to start the new year
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39 of the Best Financial Tips to Start the New Year

The new year is fast approaching and along with trying to wrap up taxes, many are setting goals for the new year. Typically people are focusing on their weigh, especially after two holidays of eating good food. I know I could lose a few pounds after this holiday break. More importantly, some are focusing their goals on their finances and I applaud those people. A new year is a great time to look over your …

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Scottrade was Hacked! Here's what you can do about it
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Scottrade Hacked! What To Do If Your Information Was Compromised

Oh man, this isn’t good. Hacking is becoming such a big business that every time you turn around some big business is being hacked. Now it seems that Scottrade has been hacked. While I have a Scottrade account and they are part of my recommended resources, this hack scares me a bit. According to CNN and Scottrade, there were 4.6 million customers who’s data has been compromised. This only affects customers who’ve signed up for …

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Don't let social trading dumb you down
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Don’t Let Social Trading Dumb You Down!

Social trading is an incredibly new concept; however, that doesn’t mean that it’s not popular. As a matter of fact, the social trading idea has taken off like a rocket and is gaining in popularity with every passing day. While there are clear benefits to the social trading concept, there are also major draw backs. Today, we’ll talk about what social trading is as well as compare the benefits to the drawbacks associated with taking …

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Betterment Just Made Investing Easier with SmartDeposit
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Betterment Just Made Investing Easier with SmartDeposit

Are you holding too much cash in your checking or savings account? Do you know what to do with it? How about putting it to work for you? I’m a huge fan of the robo-advisor service, Betterment. I’ve been a customer since 2012 and recommend it to anyone. It’s one of my recommended resources and for good reason. They make investing so easy for the average person. I have my Roth IRA with them along …

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TradeKing Review
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TradeKing Review – Great Customer Service and $1,000 in Free Commissions

TradeKing is an online investment platform with discount broker level pricing. They provide everything that you will need to trade, and to do so across the widest possible variety of investment vehicles. Don’t be swayed into thinking that low cost equal low quality – not with this platform. TradeKing has it all, and it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a new investment platform to work with. Here is our detailed TradeKing review …

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Betterment now has a SEP-IRA account
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Betterment Now Offers a SEP-IRA and the Self-Employed Rejoice!

I’m a big fan of Betterment, one of the best robo-advisor companies out there. I got started with Betterment back in 2012 and it’s been a great experience ever since. Not only did I open my Roth IRA there, but I also have a little individual investor account there for an emergency fund. All in all, the process with Betterment was been excellent. You can check out my original Betterment review. Their system allowed me …

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Personal Capital Retirement Planning tool
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Personal Capital Just Introduced an Awesome Retirement Planning Tool

I make no qualms about my love for Personal Capital. Their free site really did change my financial life for the better. I moved from Mint.com to Personal Capital some time ago and I haven’t been back. I’m not saying that Mint.com is bad, but I like Personal Capital much more. I even put them head to head and you can check out the results. Today, I got an email from PC letting me know …

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