mutual funds

7 Ways to Improve Your Retirement Plan

An efficient retirement plan can help shave off years of working 9 to 5 and also reduce stress because you are simply more in tune with your progress.

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.

Will 2014 Be a Great Year for Stocks?

Investment professionals are optimistic about gains in the stock market next year, but investors shouldn't expect 2013's outsized gains will be repeated.

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.

S&P 500's New High: How'd We Get Here?

Three weeks after the Dow Jones industrial average blew past its all-time high, the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index joined it in the history books.

Her Financial Goal: Get a Handle on Retirement Planning

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we in the AOL newsroom are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: A music editor who wants to understand more about her 401(k).

Could Your Next Stockbroker Be a Credit Union?

Credit unions, with their favorable interest rates and low fees, can be good alternatives to big commercial banks. But if you're an investor looking for a one-stop shop, you may shun them for their lack of online stock trading services. Well, don't: Many now offer online brokerage accounts, too.

If You Haven't Done This Lately, Your Portfolio Is In Danger

2012 was a good year for the stock markets. But if you want to be prepared for the next correction, whenever it comes, there's one easy-to-implement strategy that has helped investors through the bumps and dips more than any other: rebalancing your portfolio.