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The number of stock trading and robo-advisor options has continued to expand in recent years. While growing competition and innovation is great news for investors, it can be challenging to decide which platform best suits your goals. To help evaluate the best options in the industry, we’ve extensively researched these U.S.-based offerings to determine the
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Bond prices are worth watching from day to day as a useful indicator of the direction of interest rates and, more generally, future economic activity. Not incidentally, they’re an important component of a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio. Everybody knows that high-quality bonds are a relatively safe investment. But far fewer understand how bond prices
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About 80% of the world’s sugar is produced from cane grown in tropical and subtropical climates. The remaining 20% comes from sugar beets, which are grown mostly in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere. In the 2022/2023 crop year, global sugar production is expected to be 182 million metric tons, up 1.7 million tons
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The sports betting industry rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars each year, thanks to a loophole in the law against gambling. While there are several different fantasy sports sites out there, two startups have capitalized on the growing number of sports fans looking for a quick and easy way to get involved with fantasy
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What Is Venmo? Venmo started out as a free-of-charge peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app available for iPhones and Android phones. That service is still free, as is using Venmo to pay participating merchants, who now number in the millions. Some other services carry a fee. Payments that go through a credit card account rather than a
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If you’re in the market to buy or sell a home, odds are you’ll work with a real estate agent to help you through the process. Most real estate agents are paid for their services through commissions that are based on a percentage of the property’s selling price. How much money agents make each year
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Monitors display Coinbase signage during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Coinbase shares fell on Wednesday after rival crypto exchange Binance.US said it’s dropping certain trading fees for customers. Binance.US, the U.S. affiliate of the
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Pro athletes often come under fire for making too much money. Yet a surprising number are far from the top of their game when it comes to managing their wealth. A 2009 Sports Illustrated report estimated that 78% of National Football League (NFL) players file for bankruptcy or are experiencing financial stress only two years
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Thinking about graduate school? As if figuring out what to do isn’t tough enough, it’s even tougher to figure out how to pay for it. Depending on the program, graduate school education can cost close to six figures. Even with scholarships and grants, grad students often rely on student loans to get by. Unfortunately, after
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TD Ameritrade and E*TRADE are both very large brokerage firms that have been in the online trading business from its early days. E*TRADE was formed in 1982 as an online broker, while TD Ameritrade was founded in 1975 and began online brokerage operations in 1994. Both companies offer commission free stock and ETF trading, and
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A 401(k) is a type of qualified retirement plan offered by many employers that allows an employee to deposit pre-tax dollars from each paycheck into a retirement account. The employer may match a set percentage of the employee’s contributions. When the employee retires, the contributions and investment growth can be withdrawn to provide income or
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Jobs in the financial sector can be highly lucrative, which helps explain why they’re in such great demand. Of course, breaking into the world of finance isn’t easy, as entry qualifications can be as lofty as the salaries. At a minimum, most jobs require a four-year degree, and many professionals have advanced degrees in business,
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Many people begin looking into tax-advantaged 529 plans soon after the arrival of their first baby. But it can be daunting for a first-time saver (and sleep-deprived parent) to sort through the many different options, rules, and tax angles that these accounts involve. In this article, we explore the basics of 529 plans and highlight
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Shopping for a lender can feel confusing and a little intimidating. With so many companies and types of lenders to choose from, you might feel analysis paralysis. Understanding the differences between the main types of lenders can help you narrow down the field. The type of loan you choose is obviously important, but choosing the
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Mathisworks | Digitalvision Vectors | Getty Images For years, hotel operators have under-invested in technology, but persistent labor challenges are forcing a reckoning in the industry. “The labor issue is a big driver for investments in technology,” said Mark Haley, a partner at Prism Hospitality Consulting, which specializes in hospitality technology and marketing. “You can’t
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Oil generates revenue for countries with enough oil reserves to produce more oil than they consume. And for those economies that are heavily dependent on imports, oil expenditures must be factored into national budgets. Not surprisingly, events such as unrest in oil-producing regions, new oil field discoveries, and advances in extraction technology profoundly affect the
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When it comes to conservative investments, nothing says the safety of principal like Treasury securities. These instruments have stood for decades as a bastion of safety in the turbulence of the investment markets—the last line of defense against any possible loss of principal. The guarantees that stand behind these securities are indeed regarded as one
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If you participate in a 401(k) plan at work, your employer is required to provide you with a summary annual report (SAR) each year. While perhaps not the most exciting reading, it contains important information about your plan and its financial condition. This article explains what to look for in the report. Key Takeaways If
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What Is a Private Foundation? Like public charities, private foundations are defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), which grants tax-exempt status. In fact, “private foundation” is the default status given to organizations granted 501(c)(3) status. To qualify for the tax exemption, the foundation’s purpose must be “charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary,
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