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Even a small deviation from earnings expectations can have a large impact on a stock’s share price.

Are You Ready for Earnings Surprises?

When earnings expectations deviate from expectations, it can have a large impact on a stock’s price. A few tactics can help prepare you for surprises.


Investors should be aware of and wary of historical data.

What Investors Could Learn About This Last-Term Presidency

No one knows the impact of a last-term presidency on the markets. So investors might be better off sticking with what they can control, like asset allocation.

As you plan for retirement, focus on what you can control.

7 Retirement Philosophies for Today’s Investor

As you’re planning for retirement, it can be easy to become distracted for unforeseen events. Try, instead, to focus on what you can control.

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What do falling oil prices mean for the energy sector?

How Oil Prices Followed a Slippery Slope

Consumers no doubt have been celebrating spending less at the gas pump as crude oil prices have been following. But what does it mean for the energy sector?

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Scottrade client survey gauges thoughts on love and money

Until Debt Do Us Part?

Leading into Valentine’s Day, Scottrade recently fielded a survey among clients to gauge their thoughts on love and money.

Here are steps you can take in 2015 to plan for retirement

8 Steps Today to Help Plan for Your Retirement Tomorrow

You might spend more than 30 years building up retirement savings. But you can take some steps in 2015 to help your plans along.

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White House

POTUS Solving Retirement Crisis with myRAs?

Last night’s State of the Union Address put the spotlight on retirement planning once again as POTUS talked about myRAs, a proposed retirement account that would be geared toward Americans who don’t have access to typical retirement savings plans through their jobs. If approved, myRAs would allow workers to deposit a portion of their paychecks into an account that invests in securities backed by the U.S. government.

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Roth vs. Traditional IRA │Scottrade

Traditional vs. Roth IRAs

Take a look at 9 comparisons of Traditional vs. Roth IRAs to make sure you understand the differences in tax strategies, RMDs and age.

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What’s Your Strategy?

5 Year-End Tax Thoughts to Keep in Mind

See some of the things you may want to consider as your manage your investments during the 2014 tax year.

Major Index Performance │Scottrade

Best of 2014 in the Market

Despite ongoing concerns that the market is overvalued and we’re in for a pullback, Wall Street continued to ride the bull wave in 2014. After a near-correction and unprecedented market rally, a farewell to the Fed’s quantitative easing program, a slowdown in Europe’s economy, the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, an Ebola scare in the U.S., and growing tension between Russia and the Ukraine, the markets are still in positive territory. 

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This Week's Featured Blogs

Five Featured Scottrade Blogs

See what other blog posts traders and investors are reading. Here are five featured Scottrade Blog posts for this week.