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Why Wall Street Workers Are Worse Investors Than Main Street

Wall Street's big banks paid out $156 billion last year in salaries, bonuses, and benefits. Yet while investment bankers' checking accounts were growing, their retirement savings took a massive hit -- and much of the reason can be traced to one common investing mistake.

Six Ways to Avoid Common Retirement Planning Pitfalls

More than half of American workers have less than $25,000 saved for retirement, but having too little set aside is just one of many ways you can sabotage your later years. We examine some oft-made financial planning traps -- and the safe paths around them.

Fearful Investing Is Hazardous to Your Financial Health

Many investors are taking steps to make themselves feel safer in this uncertain economy: jumping out of stocks, buying bonds, or even dabbling in the high risk end of the pool looking for bigger returns. But that sort of short-term strategy could jeopardizing your retirement.

A Broker's Nightmare? An Educated Investor

Want to invest wisely? Understand your goals and determine whether increasing your risk through more aggressive exposure is worth the upside. Advisers will focus on other things like market predictions and stock picking. Why? Because an educated investor wouldn't need them if they concentrated on what matters.