Investopedia Staff

Investopedia Staff

Investopedia believes that individuals can excel at managing their financial affairs. As such, we strive to provide free educational content and tools to empower individual investors, including thousands of original and objective articles and tutorials on a wide variety of financial topics.

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  1. Markets & Economy

    Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

    The FOMC is the branch of the Federal Reserve Board that determines the direction of monetary policy. The FOMC meets several ...
  2. Financial Analysis

    Put Dividends to Work in Your Portfolio

    Find out how a company can put its profits directly into your hands.
  3. Retirement Living

    I'm about to retire. If I pay off my mortgage with after-tax money I have saved, I can save 6.5%. Should I do this?

    Only you and your financial advisor, family, accountant, etc. can answer the "should I?" question because there are many ...
  4. Laws & Regulations

    Minimum Wage

    The minimum wage is a legally mandated price floor on hourly wages, below which non-exempt workers may not be offered or ...
  5. Budgeting & Savings

    The Beauty of Budgeting

    Whether your issue is credit card debt, student loans (or the fact that Social Security isn't rising next year), it's time ...
  6. Laws & Regulations

    Cease and Desist

    An order given by a government administrative agency or the courts to stop any suspicious or illegal activities. A cease-and-desist ...
  7. Career / Compensation

    Cover Letter

    A cover letter is submitted with a job application and resume explaining the applicant's credentials and interest in the ...
  8. Investing

    The Basics of Trading a Stock: Know Your Orders

    Taking control of your portfolio means knowing what orders to use when buying or selling stocks.
  9. Trading Strategy

    Introduction to Elliott Wave Theory

    Acquaint yourself with the principle built on the discovery that stock markets did not behave in a chaotic manner.
  10. Trading Strategy

    Prices Plunging? Buy A Put!

    You can make money on a falling stock. Find out how going long on a put can lead to profits.
  11. Retirement

    Rule 72(t)

    An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that allows for penalty-free withdrawals from an IRA account and specified other tax-advantaged ...
  12. Retirement

    Substantially Equal Periodic Payment - SEPP

    A plan that allows individuals who have invested in an IRA or another qualified retirement plan to withdraw funds prior to ...
  13. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Credit, Debit and Charge: Sizing Up The Cards in Your Wallet

    Not all plastic is equal! Learn the difference between the three kinds, and how each can affect your finances.
  14. Budgeting & Savings

    Form 1099-Q

    An IRS form that an individual who receives distributions from a Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) or 529 plan receives ...
  15. Retirement Living

    Early Out: A Realistic Plan to Retire Younger

    If you want to retire ahead of schedule, it'll take some extra planning.
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