1. Money


If you like the idea of one-stop-shopping, you might consider using your bank or credit union for you investments as well as cash management. Many institutions offer investments and investment advisors. This section covers the typical investments offered by banks.
  1. CD's

Savings Bonds - Overview of How US Savings Bonds Work - How to Buy - Pitfalls...
Savings bonds are a major offering at banks and credit unions. What are savings bonds all about? This page takes you through the basics, how theyre used, and how you can get detailed information about savings bonds. We'll cover the advantages and disadvantages of savings bonds, and how you can buy them.

Roth 401k Overview
Roth 401k is simply another choice for 401k plans. It allows participants to defer after-tax salary dollars. Find out the basics of Roth 401k plans and how Roth 401k is different.

Money Market Funds - Overview
Money market funds are a popular cash management tool. Before you use money market funds, make sure you know what they are, how they work, and what risks you might be taking. We'll also cover some of the best places to find money market funds.

Overview of IRAs - Individual Retirement Accounts
If you have to save for your own retirement, an IRA is probably one of the first things you should look into. While IRAs can be complicated, you can accomplish a lot if you just understand some basic concepts. We'll cover some of the basic IRA material that you need to know, and you can work your way toward your retirement goals.

Disadvantages of Roth 401k Plans
Roth 401k offers the ability to have a different tax status for your money, but there may be some Roth 401k pitfalls. Compare Roth 401k plans to traditional plans before you make a choice with your retirement savings. This page highlights the disadvantages of Roth 401k.

Mutual Funds at About.com
About.com's Mutual Funds guide can help you get a grasp on what these investments are all about. You'll find plenty of history and useful advice that will help you get the most out of your investments.

Money Market Funds vs Money Market Accounts
Money market accounts are bank alternatives to money market mutual funds. What’s the difference? The main factors are risk and choices. Let’s do a comparison of money market funds vs. money market accounts so you can make the best choice.

NASD Home Page
The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) is a regulator of the U.S. securities industry. Their website contains up-to-date alerts and news. You'll also find resources to protect yourself against common scams.

Investigate the Financial Adviser
Before you invest, you should investigate your financial institution's adviser to make sure they are properly licensed. Also, it's a good idea to steer clear of individuals who have a history of criminal charges against them.

Alliance for Investor Education
This is a non-commercial site that can help demystify the financial markets.

Investinginbonds.com - Bonds
Investinginbonds.com provides a wealth of information, including articles, news, and data. If you want to learn something about bonds, you can do it here.

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