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The Only Two Vanguard Index Funds You Need for Retirement

Investing doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. Build a dirt-cheap portfolio that can last a lifetime with just one stock ETF and one bond ETF.<p>…

Investing

Social Security Factors for Married Couples for Their Benefits

Updated August 16, 2017<p>The biggest mistake married couples make in deciding when to take their Social Security benefits is they view the decision as …

The 10 Best ETFs to Buy for the Rest of 2017

The first quarter of 2017 looked like it was going to be magical. The S&P 500 rocketed more than 7% higher by early March, and it looked like nothing …

Buy These 4 Stocks For Big February Dividend Hikes

Today, I want to talk to you about my favorite strategy for beating the market and building long-term wealth.<p>If you’ve been reading my regular columns on <i>Forbes</i> and ContrarianOutlook.com, you probably already know what it is: buy dividend growth. (I’ll name 4 individual stocks that should be on your …

Investing

Mandatory IRA Distributions: Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes

<i>It’s hard to break a habit after 30 or 40 years isn’t it?</i> Well, if you’ve been contributing to an IRA, 401K, 403B, or TSP you’ve created a multi-decade healthy habit of saving, but when you turn 70 1/2 or older, it’s time to break that habit. Think of it as a IRA contribution cessation program …

Retirement

BlackRock’s ETF Fee Cuts ‘Out Vanguard’ Vanguard

BlackRock has cut prices across its iShares Core exchange traded fund suite ahead of the new Department of Labor fiduciary rule changes, positioning its broad investment options as quality and cost-efficient alternatives in the fund space. The fee reductions beat or match the low expense ratios …

Investing

7 Monthly Dividend Stocks for Income Investors

Here are seven monthly dividend stocks and ETFs that offer compelling dividend yields and monthly payouts.<p><i>This article was updated on December 14th,</i> …