PERSONAL FINANCE

Traders Tell All: A Look at Three Traders' Daily Routines

While many investors prefer the relative ease of buying and holding securities for the long term, others have developed an appetite for more-active trading—a pursuit that can be as rewarding as it is risky. “The good news is that it’s possible to mitigate the downside,” says Kevin Horner, a senior manager with Schwab’, “but doing so consistently requires discipline and a plan.” Interviews with several Schwab clients who trade frequently bear that out.

The gold rush days of bitcoin mining are over, and not because of the price

For all the volatility in bitcoin pricing, 2014 may be looked back on as a year when bitcoin began to move past the proof-of-concept stage and toward a mainstream market. Some 6.6 million bitcoin wallets have been set up so far this year, according to Coindesk, a fivefold increase over 2013. And 75,000 merchants now accept the digital currency, including giants like Dell, Expedia and Overstock. But one area of the bitcoin economy is maturing much faster than the others....

Guiding the Golden Years: Helping Aging Parents Manage Their Finances

How to help the elderly in your life with financial planning, fraud prevention and more. “It’s a difficult conversation to have,” says Gary Wachs, vice president of Independent Branch Services Compliance at Schwab, “but our elderly clients and their children really need to understand all the necessary steps ahead of time.” Helping your parents get their financial house in order—and keep it that way—can be an uncomfortable role reversal for both parties.

Shape the Future: Q&A: Gavin Andresen, chief scientist, Bitcoin Foundation

2014 wasn’t a banner year for Bitcoin speculators—its price was down nearly 60%—but it has left the community of developers who support the digital currency more optimistic than ever. New applications, exchanges, products, and uses for the Bitcoin technology are emerging every week. Unlike large companies such as Apple or Tesla, Bitcoin developers operate as an open community—no organizational structure necessary.
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