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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Personal Finance in Your 40's & 50's by Susan Shelly, Sarah Fisher

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Chapter 21Investing Outside of Work

In This Chapter
  • Getting a handle on the stock market
  • Buying and selling stock
  • Understanding the bond market
  • Looking at mutual funds
  • The exciting world of IRAs

At any age, but especially when you’re in your 40s or 50s, retirement planning should be your first priority. If your employer-sponsored retirement accounts are where they should be, however, and your payments are all under control, you might be thinking about some other types of investments. After all, retirement is expensive, and, to be assured that you have the money you need, you may need some good investments outside of your at-work plans.

Investing, as you probably know, encompasses a variety of opportunities and vehicles. It’s as simple as putting money ...

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