Do You Rely on Your Husband’s Investments? Let’s Rethink That

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Even though American women lead major nonprofits, have headed major corporations or served as high executives, and run household budgets, they often rely on their husband’s investments instead of choosing their own. While it’s not wrong to enjoy the fruits of your husband’s labor, you can experience more financial stability and confidence if you choose the investments that will help you in the long term. A Brief History About half a century ago, when a male spouse died, the woman was left to fend for herself. Often, they had no income of their own and no investments. The Social Security check didn’t do much to help a widow survive. Thankfully, that situation has changed in the last 50 years, but some women continue to struggle without their husband’s money. To protect against this … [Read more...]

An Asset Management Firm That Funds Research Close To Home

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This post brought to you by American Century Investments. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. My grandfather lost his battle with colon cancer, however, my mother survived its deathly grasp.  I've also watched close friends battle breast cancer live to shine a light on what is often a death sentence.  Yet, even with the strides made in cancer research, there's still no cure. You're wondering what this has to do with personal finance - wait for it. What if I told you there's an investment firm where 40% of  its profits go to a bio-medical research institution?  In my world, you don't exactly hear about that every day. Allow me to introduce you to American Century Investments While checking this company out over the weekend, I was thoroughly … [Read more...]

What You Should Know before Delving in Online Platforms for Forex Trading

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There are a number of online platforms available to investors and traders from which they can conduct any type of trading with relative ease and accessibility. One such platform is for Forex trading, which is the same as its normal version, apart from a few differences that the investor must know about. Increased Leverage When it comes to trading, foreign exchange markets provide with a lot of leverage to investors which means even a small amount of capital can be used to run a long way. Most markets in fact, will allow a leverage ratio of 50:1 or 100:1, in other words, a single dollar has the potential of becoming up to $50 or $100 in worth, at the time of trading.   Round-the-Clock Trading One more advantage of the online Forex trading platform that’s worth mentioning is that … [Read more...]

Investing With FX: When You Don’t Have Much Time or Energy

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Investing passes a lot of people by. And it’s not like these folks are sitting around sitting on their hands. If you’re like me, you’ve got a million things to do at all hours of the day. What’s more, this probably didn’t start just recently. You’ve been busy for days, weeks, years! Was there ever a time when you weren’t up to your ear lobes in stuff to do? Lots of people feel this way. It’s why people don’t have time for investment. So common is this conundrum that 50% of adults don’t invest at all. I’m not here to spook you, but I am hear to give it to you straight. Because our finances (and the lifestyles which depend upon them) get much more vulnerable as we age, clearly being investment-less as an aging person is not a situation you want to put yourself in. But that doesn’t … [Read more...]

5 Ways Fees and Expenses Are Eating Away At Your Investment Portfolio

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If you've ever opened your quarterly investment account statement, looked at your bottom line and wondered why you didn't make a big profit despite market gains then you mostly have experience with investment fees. No worries, it happens to the best of us. I was expecting to see a relatively decent profit gain during the last quarter, but whenopened my investment portfolio account statement I was shocked to see that my net gains weren't as great as my expectations.  It wasn't that the market didn't perform well, it was due to the fees and management expenses. This is why it's so important to research your investment options before making any decisions and understand all fees involved before adding any new investments into your portfolio. What types of fees and expenses do … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why Smart People Make Bad Investments

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Food_Money

Warren Buffett says that successful investing is as simple as never losing money. Sounds simple, right? Well, apparently it’s not simple at all, because many people do not invest, and many people do it poorly. With such a low standard of investment in the United States, it seems like it wouldn’t take much effort to do better than the status quo. And that’s exactly what the case is. Many people would do well at investment if they simply tried. And many who do invest, but fail, would do better if they simply realized that the following habits are a recipe for investment disaster. We Do the Wrong Thing at the Wrong Time. Americans’ sense of “how the economy is doing” is notoriously faulty. This is because economic momentum takes a long time to trickle down to the average person. So just … [Read more...]

Trade Stock From Your Smart Watch? We’ve Got An App For That!

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The Apple Smart Watch launches in a few days.  And among the neat features is the ability to trade stock, open and close positions and them some - from your wrist. Hello game changer! This no doubt brings markets closer to traders than with previous applications.  Why?  This takes mobile trading to a new level. Check out some of the game changing features below: Spread bet, trade CFDs, and buy and sell stocks Get iPhone app notifications on your wrist Open positions and view markets from your watch lists Open, edit and close positions, or see all open positions and your last seven days of account activity Create price alerts for any non-binary and non-option markets Use one-tap login and switch … [Read more...]

The 3 Most Important Investments You’ll Make in Your Life – #3 Hits Home

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I write a lot about early investments. Once you’ve got a high net-worth, it’s not that hard to build more wealth. It’s not a given, but it’s way easier than when you’re getting started. It’s for this reason that the most important investments you’ll ever make in your life all happen early on. I should point out, though, that not all investments are financial. Everything you choose to do with your time is an allocation of resources that you’re making, even if that resource is nothing more than time. Time is a really powerful thing. If you’ve got a good body and mind, you can do a lot with your time. So considering all of this, here are my three most important investments that you’ll ever make in your life. Learning. The ability to learn and teach yourself is perhaps to most … [Read more...]

#IwantDRAFT: If You Want Lower Fees + Crowdsourced Insights – You’ll Want To Read This

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By the time you reach 35 your investor fees could easily top out at $350k on your investment portfolio.  I don't know about you but I'd rather not sacrifice that many coins while working towards the golden years. You may be wondering how do I save money on fees while growing my portfolio?  How are others dealing with this issue? Draft has the solution for that problem. They are the first app of it's find to solve such a unique issue.  Investors needing crowd sourced information in order to make better decisions, ask the right questions of their financial advisors while also saving money on fees.  Overall, this results in more meaningful information about your investment portfolio. What does this mean for you?  Draft helps you make smarter decisions by making the investment … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Consider Offshore Banking

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You may think setting up bank accounts in foreign countries is for the rich and famous or people who have something to hide, but the truth is diversifying your banking relationships is an extremely beneficial financial strategy. When looking outside our borders to invest, Americans can benefit from different tax laws, new investment options and foreign exchange. The best part is it can all be done with a name you already know and trust. If you're looking for a way to gain new exposure for your personal assets here are four good reasons to consider an offshore bank. Tax advantages Offshore banking can offer Americans tax advantages they would otherwise not have access to domestically. Of course the possible tax breaks depend on a variety of individual factors such as your … [Read more...]

CySEC Regulation of Binary Option Brokers

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Ever since the introduction of binary options, there have been a number of complaints from traders regarding the regulation of brokers that offer binary options. Even though there are a few binary option brokers that aren’t placed on the regulation agency list, most of the platforms are now required to follow the rules and guidelines provided by the CySEC regulation agency. By doing so they will be able to build trust with their clients and increase their confidence in the financial services provided. The agency that is responsible for regulating all derivative market agencies is known as the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). Similar to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the CySEC oversees all matters that are in the derivative market and dispels … [Read more...]

10 Things Your Online Broker’s Been Withholding

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  Today's guest post is from Susan Lyon, Financial Analyst with NerdWallet Investing.    While there isn't much savvy investors can do to protect themselves from the uncertainties surrounding the upcoming fiscal cliff come 2013, they can certainly protect their invested money in other ways. The results were surprising.  For one, over 17 million investors with the 3 largest online brokers - Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and E-trade – are paying collectively at least $1.8 billion too much in fees for the same trade execution and services they could be getting elsewhere more affordably. Next, NerdWallet researched all the most popular online brokers to see whether consumers are overpaying and if there's really a difference between trading with a "name brand" brokerage versus … [Read more...]

How To Start Investing In Mutual Funds For Less Than $100/Month

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  Congratulations, you have finally hit a point financially where you are ready to begin investing. Yet you are concerned because you don’t have more than $50 to $100 to invest each month. How will you be able to meet all those “requirements” for investing and still make good investment decisions? Now instead of being excited that you have extra funds you begin to feel like you can’t invest because it still is not enough. Stop, before you blow that $50 it is enough money to invest wisely. The three “requirements” for wise investing that may get in your way are: diversification, asset allocation and finding a place that will let you invest without a big chunk of money to put down. Following is a look at how to solve each of those problems and get you investing today. Issue 1: … [Read more...]

What is CFD Trading And Why Should You Choose It?

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Investors at this time are not just limited to the usual buying and selling of shares and stocks through the stock market. Nowadays, there are many trading options available for anyone who has Internet connection. These unique ways of trading are absolutely far from being traditional.  In fact, they are more flexible and they give you an income at a faster time. Methods such as CFD trading, Forex trading and the like make trading a lot easier which is why more people are looking into investing using any of these types of trading. What is CFD trading? Forex trading may be more popular with many people, but CFD trading is certainly catching up in terms of popularity because it simply has a lot of advantages.   Knowing about how trading using the CFD method works can truly be … [Read more...]

Forex 101: Pros, Cons and Risks To Consider

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Forex tends to be a financial topic that seems appealing but out of reach for many.  Why?  Unless you travel in certain financial circles, then you don't really hear much about it or about the experiences of many people who actually utilize it successfully to make money.  But it seems so interesting and an easy way to make money!  I'd love to one day fancy myself as a Forex trader but there's so much to learn amidst concerns around the sputtering US economy.  For some traders, these concerns may cause them to stay on the sidelines until economic conditions improve. Consequentially, there's been a fall in transactions on Forex, still, they continue to attract a large user base.  Today we'll talk about why that is: the appeal of Forex, risks and types of trading accounts. The Appeal Of … [Read more...]