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Is Socially Responsible Investing Right for You?

You invest to build wealth and create financial security, but what if your portfolio could also benefit the greater good? Well, thanks to socially responsible investing (SRI), it can. Socially responsible investing is an investment strategy based on choosing socially conscious investments, thus doing your part to make the world a better place. And, in […]

Options

The Basics of Call Options (and How They Can Be Used as Part of Your Investment Strategy)

The emerald-cut rock you slipped on your partner’s finger while down on bended knee was a symbol of your intent to marry. But in some instances — for one reason or another — that diamond might not turn into an “I do.” You can think of a call option as the engagement ring of the […]

Options

How Covered Calls Can Fit into Your Investment Strategy

Ok, so you may not be a professional day trader. But you are the type of investor who prefers trading individual stocks, options, and other securities on your own. So you’re always on the lookout for different approaches to implement within your own investment strategy. One option trading strategy that has gained momentum among DIY […]

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Turn ‘Can’t Even’ Into ‘I Got This’ With This Interactive Investing Guide

In an Ally Invest survey of U.S. adults, we found nearly 66% of Millennials said they found investing to be intimidating or downright scary. To help you get the proverbial investing monster out of the closet, we launched this GenZ- and Millennial-friendly e-book titled: The Clutch Guide to Investing. Click to read The Clutch Guide to Investing […]

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The Ups and Downs of Market Volatility — and How to Keep It from Ruling Your Investment Strategy

It’s nearly impossible to hop on Twitter or turn on the nightly news without hearing about the stock market. One day the S&P 500 is up, the next day the Dow Jones is down. One financial expert predicts this bull market — the longest on record — will continue for the foreseeable future. Another encourages […]

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The Market Is Dipping. How Do You Keep from Freaking Out?

What goes up must come down. Or so the saying goes. Just like the sun sets each day, a tossed ball falls to the ground, and historically, a rising stock market eventually dips down. Though markets have been on the rise for more than a decade, they’re now stumbling. And those losses can cause some […]

Options

How to Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes in Option Trading

When trading options, it’s possible to profit if stocks go up, down, or sideways. You can use option strategies to cut losses, protect gains, and control large chunks of stock with a relatively small cash outlay. Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch. You can also lose more than the entire amount you invested in a […]

Stocks

Mom Knows Best. Why This One-Size-Fits-Every-Kid Gift Should Be on Your Shopping List.

It’s easy to get stuck in short-term mode. Especially when you’re juggling family life and accruing new expenses like your tween’s cell phone plan or your parent’s home health visits. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a financial fairy godmother (or godfather) to grant you just a few more hours in a day to focus […]

Trading

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Buying Stocks Online

You can buy almost anything online these days, from the mundane — lightbulbs, diapers — to the downright weird. (Bacon-flavored dental floss, anyone?) Like adding items to your digital cart, buying stocks online is quite simple, actually. The hard part is how to determine which stocks (and/or other securities) you’re going to buy for your […]

Trading

Is Margin Trading Right for You? 6 Things to Know Before You Trade

In your search for the right investment strategy, you might’ve come across margin trading at some point. But is it something you should be taking advantage of? Margin trading, which is also referred to as buying investments on margin, has to do with how you trade, not what you trade, and it can offer DIY […]

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