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.