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See how E*TRADE can help you take control of your investments online. Watch this three-minute video to get a tour of our most popular features, and read the article below for details on how to get started. Big, expensive broker not required.

Most investments don’t move in the same direction at the same time. If you hold different types of investments, your winners and losers may balance each other out, resulting in less volatility in your portfolio.

Because saving and investing are in some ways similar, many of the same ideas apply to both, including the risk of losing money, how easy it is to access your funds, and potential gains. But there are significant differences in exactly how those ideas apply and in how you actually go about saving versus investing. Let's break down the details.

A dividend is a payment made by a corporation to its stockholders, usually out of its profits. Dividends are typically paid regularly (e.g. quarterly) and made as a fixed amount per share of stock.

Dollar-cost averaging is a popular long-term investment strategy that can help investors mitigate risk by turning the market’s natural ups and downs to their advantage. Read on to learn more.

To build and manage an investment portfolio, it’s important to understand key ideas like asset allocation (your mix of investments) and diversification (having a variety of investments), and to know the basic steps of managing your investments over time.

Here are some of the biggest investing myths we’ve come across, along with some tips and pointers to help you stay focused.

Here are four key guidelines to help you prioritize your saving and balance your long- and short-term financial goals. 1) Create a budget. 2) Build an emergency fund, then prioritize long-term goals. 3) Save separately for short-term goals. 4) Boost your saving and be disciplined about spending.

Compounding has been called one of humankind's greatest investings, but we'll settle for calling it an investor's best friend. Here's why.

Learn what role diversification can play in your portfolio, how you can make it work to your advantage, and what concerns to keep in mind when constructing your portfolio.

Market capitalization is the market value of a company's outstanding shares. This figure is found by taking the stock price and multiplying it by the total number of shares outstanding.

Learn how to manage your expenses, maintain cash flow and invest. Read this article to become better at your personal finances.

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