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Saving money and learning about investing is always a smart plan. Even if you’re newly hitched, it’s never too soon to start planning for those golden years. Think about it: Do you imagine yourselves lying on a beach or working behind a desk? If you picked the beach (or travel, or golf, or anything other than the 9-to-5 grind), you’ve come to the right place. We have all kinds of investment advice, including the basics of how to invest wisely and what all those financial terms really mean. Not sure where to begin? Start with our five easy steps to invest your money. We also have investing advice and Q&A on all kinds of financial basics about investing -- learn the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA, how to invest your savings, and your options if you can only invest a small amount. Our basic investing advice will help you get ready. But before you invest your money, you should be sure you’re out of debt: Use our debt calculator to help plan your payments, and follow our simple steps to go from credit card misery to debt free. And if your problem is a lack of cash, we’ve got tips for you, too. Learn the habits of spending-savvy couples, and find easy ways to save more of each month’s paycheck and stick to your budget. Don’t want to go it alone? Check out our local pages to find a financial planner in your area for some in-person investment advice.

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Money Q&A: Exchange Traded Fund?

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What is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)?

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There are so many acronyms in investing it can start to look like alphabet soup. But E, T, and F are three letters you should know. It’s a hybrid of a mutual fund and stock because it’s set up like a fund that tracks the performance of an index, but it’s also traded daily like a stock. So how is that helpful to you? First off, you’re not locked in for a certain time period as you are with a mutual fund -- you can buy and sell anytime but you will pay a commission as if you were working with an individual stock. But unlike buying shares of a solo stock, it’s a less risky option because you’re automatically diversified thanks to all of the stocks that make up the fund.

-- Alonna Friedman

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