Investment

7 Alternatives to Investing in the Stock Market

The stock market is a great investment if you have a long time horizon. But should you stick with stocks once you retire? Most financial advisers recommend cutting back on equities as you get older -- but that money has to go somewhere productive. Here are seven investment alternatives.

What History Predicts for Stocks in 2013

The race doesn't always go to the swift, goes the old saying. But that's the way to bet it, replies the savvy gambler. So it is with the old saying about the stock market. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. But it still makes sense to look at historical data - because that's the way to bet it.

Why Investors Pick Wrong Times to Buy Annuities

A study by Alessandro Previtero, a finance professor at University of Western Ontario, has found that investors are likely to buy annuities at the wrong times. Making decisions based on recent market events -- like last week's stock-market crash -- can take a big toll on your retirement wealth.

Goal-Oriented Investing: 3 Tips for Newbies

With all the stock-market turmoil, investors may find it hard to stay focused. But Rimmy Malhotra, GoalMine's chief investment officer, says its as important as ever for investors to stay the course. He offers three tips for goal-oriented investing.

Investment Tips: How to Tame the Wall Street Beast

Amid plenty of uncertainty, investors are looking for strategies that will make them wealthy. But you should forget about the idea of getting rich quick and focus on diversity, according to Larry Light, author of the new book, Taming the Beast: Wall Street's Imperfect Answers to Making Money.

10 Tips to Win at Baseball Card Investing

If you want to be a player in baseball card investing, you'll probably have to swing for well-preserved, expensive cards. The free-agent vintage cards that have already appreciated are the safest path to big wins in the future.

Bono Isn't Caught in Web of 'Spider-Man' Finances

In theory, the Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" had a lot going for it, including a popular Marvel superhero and songs by U2 stars Bono and the Edge. But one thing the critically savaged show doesn't have going for it is a monetary investment from Bono.

Borrowing From Retirement Plans Hits New Highs

Like a tree laden with ripe summer fruit, plump 401(k) accounts can appear as tempting sources for an easy loan, especially when other financial resources have dried up. And more people than ever have been plucking from that tree. It's not always the wrong move, but here's why it should be a last resort.

Why Single People Need Life Insurance Too

Despite some common misconceptions, life insurance isn't just for those of us who are married with children. If you're a single, you can benefit from it, too -- first, because you're probably more connected to people than you may think, and second, because it can be a great investment.

High-Yielding Utilities Worth Your Time

Picking good long-term stocks is hard, but dividend payers often prove reliable. Starting with that point, Here are some possibilities for stocks that promising in the long term.

The Return of the Dreaded (and Dreadful) Stock Pickers

Market turbulence and economic uncertainty create fear and anxiety among investors. Unfortunately, many turn to advice freely dispensed by self-styled investment gurus -- who claim they can predict the direction of the markets or pick outperforming stocks.

Yes, Emerging Markets Still Hold Promise

The moods that dictate underlying prices can quickly swing from one extreme to the other and that creates opportunities for investors. For instance, the rush back to domestic markets is leaving opportunity on the table overseas again.

How Your Portfolio Can Profit From Higher Oil Prices

Skyrocketing oil prices don't have to bring only pain. Investors can also find some relief with investments that can benefit from oil's recent -- and likely future -- increases. Here are some ETFs and mutual funds worth considering, based on performance, risk and cost.