How To Dig Out of Debt08/30/14
Statistics show Americans have about $856 billion in outstanding credit card debt. That works out to around $7,000 per household. Today's Stocks & Topics: Off Shore Oil Drillers, Commodities, European Inflation Data, Retirement, BA - Boeing Co., WFM -...
Why You Shouldn't Put All Your Money in Index Funds
Stock index funds are performing superbly as the bull charges ahead. But don’t look for them to protect you when the market stumbles. Today's Stocks & Topics: Revenue vs. Sales, Return on Equity, Return on Assets, EU Barrowing, China is Exporting...
Opening Your Child's First Bank Account
Sometimes we forget the need to teach our children about planning and budgeting. So how do you create a saving and spending plan to help steer them toward financial wisdom? Today's Stocks & Topics: Mutual Funds vs. ETFs, The Stock Market Rising, Big...
How to Survive a 10% Correction
Stock market corrections are inevitable. Since 1932, declines of 10% to 20% have occurred an average of every two years. Today's Stocks & Topics: Stop Loss, Investing Options, BLK - BlackRock Inc., Utility Stocks, PLG - Platinum Group Metals Ltd., RIG...
Target-Date Funds, ETFs: Major Investing Risks Now
The bond portions of target-date funds may become more volatile than they were in the past, if current ultra-low interest rates rise back to normal. Today's Stocks & Topics: MMM - 3M Co., New Home Sales, Least Tax-Friendly States, Longevity Annuities,...
How to pick the perfect retirement location
Nationally, hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development. Don’t be confused by the hype. Today's Stocks & Topics: ALGN - Align Technology Inc., Bonds, Hackers, Labor Inflexibility, HP - Helmerich & Payne Inc., BNO -...
The Case for Sticking With a Strategy
The most successful investors don't chase trends. Instead, they establish their strategy and follow it no matter what. Today's Stocks & Topics: Bonds & Stocks, S - Sprint Corp., Bank of America, The AAII Settlement, Retail Sales Payroll & Prices, AGCO...
Four 401(k) Options When You Change Jobs
35 percent of older workers who remained in the labor force following a job change decided to leave their 401(k) money where it was. That's the EASY answer. Today's Stocks & Topics: FRM - Furmanite Corp., Supply & Demand of Stocks, Russia, Beijing,...
But what exactly IS a hedge fund?
Although they get lots of negative press, many hedge funds are worthy of being part of portfolios. Today's Stocks & Topics: AAPL - Apple Inc., Income, Getting Rich, Bill Fleckenstein, KKR - KKR & Co. L.P., HP - Helmerich & Payne Inc., CELG - Celgene...
Real Estate Vs Gold: Which Is The Better?
Investing is not just about diversifying between traditional and alternative assets, it’s about picking the assets that have the most potential for gain. Today's Stocks & Topics: AFL - AFLAC Inc., Kinder Morgan, China & Home Prices, AMD - Advanced...
Factoring in “The Boomer Bubble”
As the baby boomers begin to retire, effects on workforce participation and consumer spending levels will be profound. Today's Stocks & Topics: PAY - VeriFone Systems Inc., Citi Group, Rebalance Your Retirement Portfolio, Fast Food, ETFs, KORS -...
Commodities: Has Their Time Come Again?
Commodities have spent much of the previous four years in the basement. Does that make them a bargain? Today's Stocks & Topics: CCI - Crown Castle International Corp., 1 Dollar A Day for Your Child, Stock Market Experts, Europe Statistics, QQQ -...
Is Renting or Buying a Home the Better Way to Wealth?
In 2007 and 2008, property values nationwide dropped dramatically. It seemed that one of the staples of American wealth was a lousy place to invest money. Link to related article. Today's Stocks & Topics: VIX - CBOE Volatility Index, China, 4 Signs...
What You Need to Know About Investing in Building Products
At first glance, the building products industry looks like one of easiest investment sectors to analyze. Today's Stocks & Topics: RIG - Transocean Ltd., KMP - Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P., Oil Prices, Mortgage & Credit Scores, Payday Lenders,...
Finding Faults With 'Alts'
Alternative funds are being pitched as a way to avoid the hurt of hard times - quiet your fears about the future. But look again. Today's Stocks & Topics: UVXY - ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF, Private Equity Funds, 12 Innovations Lessons...
Retirement Investing: Are You Doing It All Wrong?
The intriguing argument by Research Affiliates founder Robert Arnott is that conventional retirement investing gets things precisely backwards. Today's Stocks & Topics: GLQ - Clough Global Equity Fund, Fund Flows, Productivity Report, KORS - Michael...
Who Should Invest In A Start-up?
Your considerations are similar to buying stocks or mutual funds — with some important differences. Today's Stocks & Topics: ETP - Energy Transfer Partners L.P., Portfolio, Retirement, Buy Backs, Junk Bonds, Bottled Water, SIX - Six Flags...
Dividend Yield Vs. Dividend Growth Revisited
Is it better to invest in high-yielding, slow-growing dividend stocks, or low-yield, fast-growing dividend stocks? Today's Stocks & Topics: CVX - Chevron Corp., 401k, Fracking, GDP, New Investor, IBM - International Business Machines Corp., SFL - Ship...
Asset Allocation - The New Investor's Best Friend
The amount of an investor’s total portfolio placed into each class is determined by an asset allocation model. Today's Stocks & Topics: DFS - Discover Financial Services, Aging Bull Market, Bottled Water, Putin, China, KKR - KKR & Co. L.P., Credit...
Understanding Stop Loss Orders
When the bottom falls out of your favorite stock’s price, a stop loss order can help reduce the pain. Today's Stocks & Topics: TRS - TriMas Corp., Consumer Complains, 401k, YHOO - Yahoo! Inc., The Stock Market, GRFS - Grifols S.A. ADS, YUM - Yum!...
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