There's no one-size-fits-all approach. But to put your head in the sand is perhaps the worst strategy of all.
Welcome to How to Invest
From the reporters of MarketWatch and Barron's
When it comes to managing your money and investing, sometimes the hardest thing to do is get started. How to Invest can help.
We start with the basics of budgeting, saving, investing and goal setting. From there, we dig into understanding the markets, trading stocks and ETFs, and dealing with taxes. And finally, we explain how to analyze companies and make smart stock picks, and examine things like emerging markets, futures and options.
Should I use a 401(k) or an IRA to save for retirement? A traditional account or the Roth version? Here’s what to know
Roth accounts may make more sense for people just starting out in their careers, when their salaries — and tax brackets — are relatively low
Bogle, Ellis, the history of manias and the psychology of money can get new investors on the right track
Here’s what to consider before you hire a financial adviser or other professional.
They can be good choices for new investors, busy people who don’t want to do it themselves or those who don’t have much to invest.
Just five years of modest investments if you start early in your working life can leave you with millions when it’s time to retire.
A 529 plan is one smart way to save, invest and pay for college expenses in a tax-advantageous way.
These are the most important things to check on a stock’s quote page before deciding whether to buy or sell
There's a lot more to glean from a MarketWatch stock quote page than just the price and the change from the previous session. In fact, price may be one of the least useful pieces of information.
Investors love to boast about their great stock picks, but beware of those who use fancy math to calculate their gains
The data doesn't lie: Even pros rarely beat the stock market.
It’s important to understand how this type of high-stakes trading can influence stock prices, even if you have no intention of doing it yourself.