The Motley Fool: Investing Essentials to Last You a Lifetime

The best time to start saving for retirement is as soon as possible. So if you’ve secured your emergency savings account, thumbed through your employer’s benefits package, and know you’re interested in stocks, where do you go from there?

MarketWatch: 8 Strategies to Protect Your Investments

I don’t know about you, but I’m a little bit nervous. The Standard & Poor’s 500 is trading close to a four-year high and the only good reason for that, it would seem, is this: Stocks like to climb a wall of worry.

My guess, however, is that if you’re like me, you might want to a little downside protection right about now. After all, it seems more likely the market will fall rather than rise significantly from current levels. So what are some good ways to protect your portfolio, and gains if you have any?

CBS News: John Bogle’s 10 Rules of Investing

The Clash of the Cultures: Investment vs. Speculation” is investing pioneer John C. Bogle’s tenth and last book. It is an enjoyable read that ends with 10 lessons for investors that, while simple, are deeply valuable to the general public. I even developed my own scorecard to keep track of how the clash that Bogle, founder of mutual fund giant The Vanguard Group, alludes to is developing over time…

Bogle also offer prescriptions for how to address such opposing forces. The bad news — don’t hold your breath waiting for the financial system to get fixed. The good news is that you can immediately begin following his lessons to at least lessen the chances of losing your hard-money amid this surge in speculation

MarketWatch: Here’s What Keeps Me Awake at Night

September 12, 2012. This is the date that may ultimately decide the fate of the euro zone.

It has nothing to do with Greece, Spain, Italy or any of the other problem children of Europe. No, it is Europe’s stern school mistress Germany that holds the fate of the currency zone in the balance.

On Sept. 12, the eight justices of Germany’s constitutional court will meet to decide the legality of the euro zone’s rescue fund or, more accurately, the legality of Germany’s participation in the bailout fund under the German constitution.

Seeking Alpha: 4 Strategies for Betting on Interest Rate Moves

While interest rates are low, the yield curve looks very, very normal. The longer a bond’s maturity, the more a bondholder will receive in interest. How should you position your bond investments in this environment?