Stocks

Fiscal Stimulus Is Here. Are We Out of the Woods Yet?

What a difference a week makes. The S&P 500 climbed 18% in a three-day winning streak, breaking a 28-day drought without back-to-back gains (one of its longest in recent memory). The conversation on Wall Street shifted dramatically, investors went from fearing the bottom was far away to wondering how quickly the economy can return to […]

Retirement

8 Retirement Savings Strategies From Our FOMO Free Financial Future Conference

Retirement: It’s a 10-letter word that does a power play on our thoughts, emotions, and fears. But thinking of your future and planning your years after leaving the workforce doesn’t need to give you anxiety. A disciplined approach and the right strategies can set you on a path toward prosperity — and that’s exactly what […]

Trading

What is Fully Paid Securities Lending?

When you invest in a stock, you typically expect to make returns in one or two ways: dividends and/or profit from appreciation when you sell. But whether you’re a long-term investor or seeking extra income in the short-term, you can enhance your portfolio with another option: fully paid securities lending. What is fully paid securities […]

Trading

Lule Demmissie and Lindsey Bell: The Women Moving Ally Invest Forward

As two successful women who have risen through the ranks at leading investment banks and financial research firms, Ally Invest’s Lule Demmissie and Lindsey Bell have firsthand knowledge about the excitement of investing. But they also recognize the areas in which the industry has room to grow. As part of our celebration of Women’s History […]

Stocks

Should Women Invest Differently than Men?

One of the most important steps to take in closing the wealth gap between genders is to recognize the various differences between men and women. That includes more than just the wage gap — it’s the time that many women spend out of the workforce to care for their families and women’s longer average lifespan, […]

Stocks

Extraordinary Times in the Stock Market

It was another roller coaster of a week for the stock market. Every day this week, the S&P 500 Index traded in a range of at least 5% (the distance between the high of the day and the low of the day), a level of volatility we’ve seen in less than 1% of days since […]

Finance Basics

Coronavirus Concerns? Give Your Finances a Health Check

There’s no denying that times are tough with the coronavirus spurring concerns all over the world. And while washing your hands and practicing social distancing are crucial preventative measures you can take to protect your personal health and others’, the United States has taken a large step of its own to safeguard the health of […]

Financial News

The Fed Throws a Hail Mary – Cuts Interest Rates a Second Time

In an unprecedented move, the Federal Reserve Board (Fed) cut interest rates to zero, launched a $700 billion bond buying program and took other measures to ensure liquidity in credit markets and a stable dollar. These actions highlight the urgency of the economic situation evolving from coronavirus driven closures and cancellations. Previously on March 3, […]

Stocks

Don’t Fear the Bear

Investors found themselves in a uniquely harrowing position this week, as the S&P 500 Index fell into its first bear market (or 20% decline from a 52-week high) since the 2008 financial crisis. The selloff in stocks has been painfully swift. Two days this week, the S&P 500 fell at least 7%, triggering market circuit […]

Family

Budgeting for Baby: 5 Steps for New Parents

The impending arrival of a new baby can trigger all the feelings: excitement, joy … and a little bit of panic, especially when it comes to managing the cost. It’s no secret that welcoming a tiny bundle of joy can shake up your finances in a big way. Establishing a budget for your baby can […]

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