index funds

6 Signs Index Funds Aren't For You

You've likely heard that a diversified basket of index funds allow you to capture market growth while paying lower fees. But passive investing isn't for everyone.

Investing 101: What Is an ETF?

Looking for an asset that's flexible like a stock but offers the diversity of an index fund? Your best option might just be an exchange-traded fund, or ETF.

How to Take Charge of Your 401(k)

As your 401(k) grows, you should consider actively managing it instead of continuing to let the account be directed by the choices you initially made when it was set up.

Investing 101: What Is a Mutual Fund?

What exactly is a mutual fund? Sophia Bera explains in simple terms how these funds allow average investors to own more of the market with a smaller amount of money.

The 5 Deadly Sins of Investing

Overconfidence and herd behavior can hurt your investments, but you can be a smarter investor by examining how your emotions influence your decisions.

4 Ways to Tell the Best ETFs from the Rest

Exchange-traded funds can be a great tool to get the investment exposure you want. But there are so many. Here's how to spot the ones that are likely to be top performers.

The 12 Worst Mutual Funds Money Can Buy

Two-thirds of large mutual funds can't even beat the S&P 500, which makes them bad buys for you. But NerdWallet has culled from that mass the 12 most abysmal performers.

How Much Does Your Money Manager Cost You?

Noted investing guru Charles Ellis talks about the challenges boomers face from high investment fees, low bond yields, uncertain stock returns, and dubious financial come-ons.

AlphaClone: Assemble Your Fantasy Hedge Fund Team ... And Win

Investing in hedge funds is a lot like playing in the NFL: A tiny elite can do it and make millions while the rest of us can only watch and dream. But just as we mere mortals can coach our way to gridiron victory through fantasy football teams, now hedge funds have a "fantasy team" option too.

Main Street Investors Force Big Changes in Wall Street's Fees

Historically, the asset management industry has been merely an easy way for money managers to get rich at your expense. Even today, 401(k) fees alone rob us of $60 billion a year. But investors have caught on and are demanding lower fees -- and lately, they've started getting them.

ETFs and 529s: Two Smart Money Moves That Don't Go Together

Exchange-traded funds are among the most popular recent innovations in the investing world -- with good reason: They offer a host of advantages over mutual funds. But they aren't a universally good solution: They make no sense at all within 529 college savings plans.

Stop Paying Wall Street Extra for Your Mutual Funds

Pop quiz: If someone wanted to charge you $600 for something you could get for $10 elsewhere, who would you buy it from? Sounds like a no-brainer. But when people buy mutual funds, they often end up paying the $600 price instead of the $10 one.

How to Profit from the Top Potential Crises of 2012

From my point of view, we are about to be in heaps of trouble economically, so for 2012, I'm looking to exploit other people's woes like the good capitalist I am. Here are three bets I might pull the trigger on:

How Retirees Can Get Better Returns on Their Nest Eggs

A retiree named Bob is confronting a dilemma many of his peers face: His nest egg is parked in safe cash investments, like certificates of deposit, and earning barely any interest. What can he do to get a better return? Laura Rowley looks at an increasingly popular alternative.

A 9/11 Widow Shares Her Financial Journey

On Sept. 11, 2001, Gail's husband went to work at the World Trade Center. He never came home again. During the blur of grief, the stay-at-home mom realized she was now her family's CFO. Today, she's a bona fide investor, but getting to that point meant traveling a long, challenging road.