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Jemstep’s The Better Investor Blog is created with the goal of helping investors make the best decisions to reach their long-term goals. This blog presents readers with insights and tips from the leading experts in the investment field.
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What’s the Problem with Market Timing?

Market timing has a certain allure to it. Much like playing the lotto, it promises a fantastic high if you’re able to “strike it rich.” And unlike the lotto, it gives a certain illusion of control—the idea being that just …
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It’s Open Enrollment Season. What Should I Do?

Some important dates are coming up on the calendar. Open enrollment for healthcare coverage in 2015 begins November 15, 2014 and runs through February 15, 2015. This is the time during which you’re eligible to sign up for healthcare coverage …
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How to Invest Your Next $10,000

You got a bonus at work. You’ve been stockpiling cash for a while. Your Great Aunt Mabel left you a small inheritance. However you’ve received the money, you have an extra $10,000 to your name, and you’d like to invest …
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How much money do I need to retire?
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How Much Money Do I Need to Retire?

It sounds like a simple question: how much money do you need in your nest egg in order to retire? The answer, however, is anything but simple. There’s no hard number that provides a one-size-fits-all solution for every individual. So …
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Choosing a Financial Advisor - What Qualifications Should Yours Have
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How to Use Jemstep When Working With Your Advisor

You’ve decided to hire a face-to-face financial advisor. You like the idea of having a conversation with another person, rather than a computer screen. Could you still benefit from Jemstep’s services, which offers personalized investment guidance and advice? Absolutely. In …
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How to Offer a Great 401K Plan Without Breaking the Bank

According to a recent study by SurePayroll, over 70% of small businesses don’t offer their employees a 401K plan. Many cite prohibitive administration costs, overhead and fees as the reason why. If you’re a small businesses owner, you may be …
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How to determine your risk tolerance
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How to Determine Your Risk Tolerance

People always say you should split your investments among equities (such as stocks) and fixed-income (such as bonds) relative to your age and risk tolerance. There’s no question when it comes to the “age” part of the equation; we all …
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Why Your 401(k) Plan Needs More Than Target Date Funds

“Target date funds are taking over.” So says a recent article in Barron’s magazine, which then goes on to note that this asset class has grown from $160 billion to $670 billion from the end of 2008 to the present. …
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Why You Should Ignore Fund Manager Ratings

Does this phrase look familiar? “Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future returns.” Most investors probably recognize this line. Mutual funds that are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are required to include that statement …
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