Investment Knowledge Center

Investments aren’t just about money – they could determine your future.

MoneyRates has a wide variety of articles that take some of the mystery out of investing to help you make informed decisions about your future.

Investing for Retirement

Learn how investing can help you meet long-term goals with advice on things like:

  • How much you should save for retirement
  • 401(k) plans and other retirement plans
  • How to retire early

Making Good Investment Decisions

Investing is a tough game. Learning the rules can help you make better decisions. MoneyRates has tips on things you need to know like:

  • Basics about picking stocks
  • How the economic environment affects your investments
  • Understanding investment risks

Saving money for retirement is hard work. Learn how your investments can do some of the work for you.

How Can Average People Invest in Startup Companies?

Brandon Renfro
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A startup is a company that is still in the beginning stages of development. While the “beginning stages” of a company can be defined in very broad and loose terms, a defining feature of any startup is that it has not yet gone public. In many cases, a startup may still be in the idea… Continue reading How Can Average People Invest in Startup Companies?

What Is an Accredited Investor?

Brandon Renfro
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To issue financial securities such as stocks and bonds, an issuer typically has to register those securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) before they can be made available to the investing public. A notable exception exists for offerings that will be made only to accredited investors.  An accredited investor is a person or… Continue reading What Is an Accredited Investor?

Fed Rate Hikes and What They Mean for Your Retirement Money

Brandon Renfro
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The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates in its last 10 consecutive meetings. The majority of people who track economic and financial data have been anticipating these moves, given the expanding economy and rising inflation. But what does a rate hike mean? And, to go a step further, what does it mean for you specifically… Continue reading Fed Rate Hikes and What They Mean for Your Retirement Money

What Is Socially Responsible Investing? How to Get Started

Anna Baluch
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Whether you’re new to investing or have been doing it for years, you may want to consider socially responsible investing or SRI. This is particularly true if you’re looking for a way to give back and make a positive difference in the world. Take a closer look at what SRI is and how it works… Continue reading What Is Socially Responsible Investing? How to Get Started

Stocks vs. Cryptocurrency: Which Is Better for Investing?

Chris Kissel
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The history of investing has been full of innovations and trends. Cryptocurrency is the latest of these crazes, leading to a stock vs. cryptocurrency debate. As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have jumped in value, millions of investors have tried to profit from the rise of digital payment systems. Some people have even stopped… Continue reading Stocks vs. Cryptocurrency: Which Is Better for Investing?

Should You Try Micro-Investing? How to Start

Anna Baluch
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By investing, you can build wealth and put your money to work. It’s the key to long-term financial security. If you’d like to invest but don’t have a lot of money at your disposal, micro-investing is certainly worth considering. It can allow you to invest small amounts of money that may eventually turn into thousands… Continue reading Should You Try Micro-Investing? How to Start

Immediate and Deferred Annuities: What’s the Difference?

Chris Kissel
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As retirement grows nearer, the thought of living without a steady income becomes scarier for some people. One way to ensure regular payments for the rest of your life is to purchase an annuity. In particular, you can choose between an immediate annuity or a deferred annuity. These retirement insurance plans offer the peace of… Continue reading Immediate and Deferred Annuities: What’s the Difference?

IRA or Annuity: Which Is Better for Your Retirement Savings?

Brandon Renfro
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You have a lot of options to choose from when deciding how to save for retirement. There are different account types, some of which are provided by your employer and some that you open on your own. There are also many different investments to pick from whether that is inside a retirement account or a… Continue reading IRA or Annuity: Which Is Better for Your Retirement Savings?

What Is a Robo-Advisor & How Does It Work?

Richard Barrington
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Looking for a robo-advisor? Understand the pros and cons and read our profiles of leading robo-advisors to determine which is the best robo-advisor for your needs.

401(k) Money Moves to Make Before the End of the Year

Brandon Renfro
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Participating in your company’s 401(k) plan is an excellent way to save for retirement. A 401(k) isn’t something that you should just sign up for and forget about, though. There are some things you will need to periodically review to make sure you are getting the most benefit from your savings. The middle of the… Continue reading 401(k) Money Moves to Make Before the End of the Year

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