5 Important Things Women Know More About Money

Women face some unique financial challenges: The ridiculous pay gap and a longer average lifespan, which means their nest eggs need to be even larger.   But when it comes to investing, they’re proven winners. Overall, female investors see higher portfolio returns than their male counterparts, and in 2014, women’s investments outperformed men’s by 12 percent on average. The goal of our new article on Yahoo Finance,  5 Important Things Women Know About Money (and Men Don’t), is to reveal the factors that contribute to female investors’ success, so you can implement them in your own life (if you’re not […]

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Advice to My 22-Year-Old Self: 30 Financial Tips for College Grads

You’ve donned your cap and gown and done a little victory dance, diploma in hand. Now it’s time to enter the real world. But are you ready to be on your own financially?   If you’re juggling student debt and trying to land your first job, money matters can easily trip you up. Which is why our latest article on Yahoo Finance, Advice to My 22-Year-Old Self: 30 Financial Tips for College Grads, helps Millennials navigate through common scenarios they’re likely to encounter in the coming months and years.   For instance, even though you’re earning a paycheck, good friends […]

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The Importance of Portfolio Rebalancing

Over time, your portfolio asset-allocation can veer off track because of market ups and downs. As illustrated in the image below, a strong stock performance can cause a simple 50/50 portfolio mix to become unbalanced over time. After 30 years, what was once a 50% allocation to stocks now sits at 66%—quite a jump. Moreover, not only does the portfolio’s allocation change, but the portfolio’s risk also changes, rising from 9.1% to 11.4%. If your goals or risk tolerance have not changed, your allocation likely shouldn’t either. While market movements over the long-run can shift your portfolio allocation, markets can sometimes move significantly […]

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NFL Rookies, Here’s How to Play the Investing Game

The National Bureau of Economic Research recently reported that about 16 percent of all professional football players file for bankruptcy within 12 years of retiring from the sport  — despite the average NFLer earning a cool $2 million a year.   With so many professional athletes unable to live within their means, what are the newest members of the NFL — those drafted just last week — to do? Our latest article on Yahoo Finance, NFL Rookies, Here’s How to Play the Investing Game, aims to help these rookies navigate the world of big paychecks and uncertain career lengths. They […]

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Should You Invest Your Tax Return – Or Pay Off Credit Card Debt?

Life is full of difficult choices: Dog or cat? Coke or Pepsi? Steak or chicken? This is especially true when it comes matters concerning your wallet — only making a decision in these situations is much more complicated since there’s no one-size-fits-all financial plan.   Which makes the dilemma of what to do with your tax return all the more difficult to solve. Our recent article on Yahoo Finance, examines two options for your windfall: Invest it or use it to pay off credit card debt?   While the Great Recession reduced the average amount of outstanding credit card debt, […]

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TradeKing Advisors’ Portfolio Performance

We launched TradeKing Advisors as an alternative to the traditional-advisor model, offering convenient access, automation, sophisticated investment strategies, competitive fees, and transparency. We believe transparency is a key tenant of the overall investment process, and one that is seriously lacking in an industry that is by-and-large opaque. That’s why today we’re very pleased to share our first installment of TradeKing Advisors portfolio returns.   The charts below include both actual portfolio returns since our public launch in Q2 2014, as well as historical returns dating back to January 2011. This helps you, the investor, to put our actual returns into […]

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How Well Do Your Savings Skills Stack Up?

Last month we shared an article, 28 Easy Ways to Save for Investing, that offered one simple savings tip for every day in February. That made us wonder: which of these 28 tips get implemented most frequently in daily life? We polled TradeKing clients and employees to find out and recapped the results in this Yahoo Finance article.   It’s worth reading the entire article, but here are a few interesting highlights:   Three out of four investors find saving for investment tough. No shocker there, although it did surprise us that almost a quarter of investors surveyed felt they’d […]

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An Open Letter to the Teams at Betterment & Wealthfront:

Just a quick note to say: We’ve been there. Charles Schwab has been making a lot of noise over the past several months about their “robo advisor” offering…announcing that they’ll be announcing an announcement soon. They are gearing up the marketing machine, and there will be much money spent. But just as you are about to, we’ve faced “Chuck” before and have not only lived to tell, but have a thriving business to show for it. Back in 2005, many told us there was no way TradeKing could compete against the established online brokers – we were entering a mature […]

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5 Ways to Get Your Retirement Savings Back on Track

The Great Recession dealt a painful blow to all Americans’ portfolios – but those investors closest to retirement age felt particularly pummeled. Baby Boomers who thought they were cruising safely towards retirement at age 65 are resetting the clock forward by several years. Even Gen-Xers are crunching the numbers anew and realizing they, too, may need to work several years longer than expected. What can you do to get a derailed retirement plan back on track? Our last article on Yahoo Finance, 5 Ways to Get Your Retirement Savings Back on Track, outlines 5 moves you should consider to help […]

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28 Ways to Save for Investing

As anyone who’s ever made a New Year’s resolution can attest, modifying your behavior can be HARD.  It’s no surprise that, as Forbes reports, only 8 percent of people are successful at maintaining their goals.   If you started 2015 with the hopes of building your investments, don’t despair. While it may seem like every dollar you earn is already spoken for, you’ll be surprised at how many ways you can find extra money with relative ease (And no, we’re not talking about gathering up the coins underneath your couch cushions.)   Try out these easy strategies for the next 28 […]

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