This article was updated on April 30, 2015.
Millions of Americans know they haven't saved enough for retirement, but they think they don't have the time to research investments in order to reach their goals of retiring rich. Yet there are simple and effective ways to invest for long-term needs like retirement expenses, so you needn't let fear or inexperience hold you back from achieving success with your investment portfolio.
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