Rate Your401(k) and see Where it Ranks.

Here’s a handy little tool: BrightScope.com.

It’s a web site that lets people view information about their employer’s401(k) offerings and allows them to add information to the site in the hopes of building a better data set.

The database tracks over 2,000 statistics on401(k) plans including, net assets, fees, the number of participants, the average account [...]

3 Retail Stocks For the BRIC Countries.

American consumers are spending less, and this presents a big hurdle for American retail stocks. But investors can still cash in on emerging markets over the next couple decades.

Big spenders.

The emergence of the middle class in so called BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) is the most important demographic change of the 21st century.

According [...]

3 Things Needed For Real Economic Recovery.

Yahoo! Tech Ticker has an interview with Barry Ritholtz in which Ritholtz lays out why he thinks talk of an economic recovery is premature, as well as what he sees as necessary for a true recovery.

The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators rose 0.6% in July – its fourth consecutive [...]

5 ETFs With Large Moats.

Morningstar ETFInvestor has a new list of ETFs which have the lowest percentage of no-moat stocks. (get the ETFInvester newsletter here )

For those not familiar with the Morningstar concept of “Moats”, here’s a quick definition:

“The idea of an economic moat refers to how likely companies are to keep competitors at bay for an extended period. [...]

3 Key Signals When Timing The Stock Market

I’m not a practitioner of market timing, and I’m not a proponent of it. That being said, I read an article about it in a recent issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine that made me reconsider.

To be fair, the article was more about timing big swings in the overall stock market as opposed to individual [...]

Open a Rollover IRA With Sharebuilder and Get 5 FREE Trades! (Promo Code)

I’ve had a Sharebuilder account with ING since before Sharebuilder was acquired by ING – and I’ve been very satisfied. It’s only gotten better since the ING acquisition.

Recently, I received an email offer for 5 Free trades when you open a Rollover IRA account.

If you’re looking to Rollover your 401K retirement account to an IRA, [...]

Can You Time the Market? This Guy Says He Can.

Meet Bob Parish. Mr. Parish lost about 70% of his retirement savings in the 2000-02 bear market, after the tech bubble burst.

Feeling burned by his financial advisor, he struck out alone with what he had left and set out to time the market. Timing the market is generally considered a fool’s errand by most financial [...]

13 ETFs to Hedge Against Inflation.

Inflation is in the news again, thanks to worries over the historic deficit spending in Washington today. If the Fed gets the timing wrong on the next round of interest rate hikes, then inflation could be a real problem.

According to a recent working paper by the International Monetary Fund:

“Given the policy tools employed through the [...]

Jim Cramer’s Tips For Picking Stocks to Buy.

I’ve just finished re-reading Jim Cramer’s Real Money: Sane Investing in an Insane World and thought I would share some tips I found inside.

This is a suggested list of the types of stocks to buy for a diversified portfolio.

1. Buy local.

Cramer recommends that you buy stock in a local company, or even a chain [...]

Beware Target-Date Funds!

Target-date funds were supposed to be the ultimate idiot-proof investment vehicle for retirement savings.

The idea is that asset allocation is the single most important factor in determining investing success, and most people get it wrong. Many others never even try because they find the concept too daunting.

Many people know they should save for retirement, but [...]