Your Mind, Your Money

Discover how investor psychology and behavioral finance affect your portfolio and your bottom line.

May 10, 2018

What We Can Learn from Target-Date Funds

These one-decision investments can teach you to stick with your investing strategy and remain calm no matter what's happening in the markets.

See More On: Mutual Funds | 401(k)s | Saving for Retirement

March 8, 2018

To Save More, Tap Into Your Emotions

Objecs that have special meaning to you could be the key to identifying your savings goals.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Saving for Retirement | Saving Money

January 8, 2018

Don't Step Into These Saving Traps

Some behavioral biases seem tailor-made to foil retirement savers. But their ill effects are smaller for those who are aware of them.

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October 5, 2017

The Psychology of a Market Bubble

The best defense against a bubble is a well-diversified portfolio. That helps ensure that losses in one sector or asset class won’t sink you overall.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Markets

August 1, 2017

To Save More, Focus on the Future

When imagining your financial life, clarity counts. A vague desire for peace of mind might become “I want to have at least $1 million.”

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April 21, 2017

What Kind of Investor Are You?

When it comes to managing our portfolios, we tend to fall into one of four behavioral types.

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January 3, 2017

Investors, How Much Risk Can You Stand?

If you are taking on more risk than you can emotionally tolerate, you’ll hit the panic button and sell at the worst possible time.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Saving for Retirement

November 2, 2016

To Be Happier, Favor Experiences Over Things

While the stuff we own grows old and obsolete, memories of things we did are often burnished with time.

See More On: Family Finances | Travel

September 6, 2016

The Power of Peer Pressure

Comparing yourself with others may provide a helpful nudge when it comes to saving for retirement or staying healthy.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Healthy Living on a Budget | Stocks & Bonds

June 21, 2016

The Keys to Raising Financially Independent Young Adults

Parents often believe the most recent request for money will be the last, the one that finally launches Junior on the path to success.

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March 7, 2016

An Investing Gender Gap?

Research shows that women tend to differ from men in their approach to investing.

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March 8, 2016

Keep Your Investing Simple

Markets are complicated, so we often rationalize that a complicated strategy is necessary to beat them. That logic is faulty.

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December 31, 2015

What Your Credit Score Says About Your Love Life

A Fed study finds that couples with higher credit scores are more likely to stay together.

See More On: Credit Reports & Scores | Family Finances

October 30, 2015

A Sucker Born Every Minute?

The radical premise of a new book suggests that free markets, even when they function perfectly, don’t operate to the benefit of all.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Leisure Spending

September 8, 2015

The Danger of Investing Too Heavily in U.S. Stocks

Our bias in favor of U.S. stocks robs us of opportunities to invest in promising companies that happen to be based elsewhere.

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July 6, 2015

Sometimes, It's Okay to Spend

Extreme frugality may be a sign of a deeper emotional issue, but in most cases, you can learn to spend without pain.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Budgeting | Leisure Spending

May 1, 2015

Investors, Stay Sane in a Crazy Market

Be sure to have a complete investing strategy, including your plan to sell, in place before any mayhem occurs.

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