Vanguard and TD Ameritrade (TDA) are among the largest brokerage firms in the U.S.—but the similarities stop there. Vanguard offers an impressive lineup of low-cost mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) aimed at buy-and-hold investors and retirement savers. Meanwhile, TD Ameritrade offers three trading platforms—a web platform, the professional-level thinkorswim,Continue Reading

Interactive Brokers (aka “IBKR”) and TD Ameritrade (TDA) are large, full-service brokers that have been around for decades. IBKR boasts low costs, excellent trading tools, superior trade execution, and a vast lineup of trading assets. TD Ameritrade (TDA) offers an AI-powered educational experience and was recently acquired by Charles Schwab,Continue Reading

Former President Donald Trump drew intense criticism from many in the international community for his protectionist stance and strict adherence to an “America First” agenda on the matter of trade. Among other concerns for the Trump administration, one of the primary targets of the former president’s ire was the NorthContinue Reading

Small-cap stocks are public companies that have market capitalizations ranging from $300 million to $2 billion. Since the share prices of these companies can be very volatile, some companies in the small-cap universe, or in small-cap indexes, can have market caps significantly higher than this range at any particular time.Continue Reading

Social return on investment (SROI) is a method for measuring values that are not traditionally reflected in financial statements, including social, economic, and environmental factors. They can identify how effectively a company uses its capital and other resources to create value for the community. While a traditional cost-benefit analysis isContinue Reading

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was a pact eliminating most trade barriers between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that went into effect on Jan. 1, 1993. Some of its provisions were implemented immediately, while others were staggered over the 15 years that followed. U.S. President Donald Trump railed against it during hisContinue Reading

Real estate salespeople and other licensees who are required to work for and under the umbrella of a designated broker are often referred to as real estate agents. In legal language, the term “agent” refers to the strictly defined relationship between a real estate salesperson and the buyers and sellers with whomContinue Reading

When most people think about government help with retirement, they think about Social Security and Medicare. This isn’t necessarily surprising, since nine out of 10 retirees receive Social Security benefits, and virtually all retired Americans age 65 or older are enrolled in Medicare. Other government programs are also available, butContinue Reading