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03-23-18: Yields on Closed-end Funds Make Them Worth a Look

CEFs can offer investors a basket of investment assets on the cheap. And they provide juicy payouts that average 8 percent. Today's Stocks & Topics: Portfolio Refinancing, YRD - Yirendai Ltd. ADR, Stock Market Correction, ABBV - AbbVie Inc., CVG - Convergys Corp., AGN - Allergan PLC, Date Funds.


03-22-18: 7 Ways You Can Get More Money in Retirement

Retirement doesn't have to be a time of fixed income. Much of your future income is under your control, and there are ways you can increase it. Today's Stocks & Topics: Roth I-R-A, 5 Popular Tax Tip You Shouldn't Follow, Inflation, Why You Should Travel, GIS - General Mills Inc., Today's Market, MO - Altria Group Inc., PYPL - PayPal Holdings Inc., DODBX - Dodge & Cox Balanced Fund, DODGX - Dodge & Cox Stk Fund, GLTR - ETFS Physical Precious Metal Basket Shares, Precious Metals, Pros and...


03-21-18: 5 Types Of Mutual Fund Schemes To Consider Right Now

Gone are the days when you could blindly pick a few equity mutual funds by Google-searching "top equity mutual funds", look at your portfolio after a year, and beam with joy! Today's Stocks & Topics: AMD - Advanced Micro Devices Inc., 1st Time Home Buyers, Private Data, Stock Evaluation, Social Security, CPE - Callon Petroleum Co., Real Estate & Taxes, Short Interest, SKT - Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc., NLY - Annaly Capital Management Inc., Investors Principals.


03-20-18: Financial Shortcuts that Can Cost You Money

Investors are sometimes blind to the mistakes they might be making when they use "rules of thumb" and wrong-headed reasoning. Today's Stocks & Topics: Dividend Reinvestment, Social Security at 70 Years Old, Taxes, Fractional Shares, HDS - HD Supply Holdings Inc., NWL - Newell Brands Inc., XLE - Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF, OAK - Oaktree Capital Group, Convert From a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, 403-B.


03-19-18: Got Cash? So How Do You Put It To Work...Now?

The same forces that are cruel to stock and bond investors are good for people securing cash. Today's Stocks & Topics: Stop Order, 5 Year P.E. Range, VOOV - Vanguard S&P 500 Value ETF, MU - Micron Technology Inc., SPKE - Spark Energy Inc., Cost Basis, 401k to IRA, KMB - Kimberly-Clark Corp.


03-16-18: What To Do With Your College Savings In Bear Markets

There are several tax-free or deferred options for education savings. But should I change it up if the market changes? Today's Stocks & Topics: Stop on a Stock, Mutual Funds, Baby Boomers Dying Broke, Happy Retirement, VOD - Vodafone Group PLC ADR, Gross Margin, GOOG - Alphabet Inc. Cl C, APO - Apollo Global Management LLC Cl A, WDC - Western Digital Corp., Variable Annuity, 529-Plan.


03-15-18: How Your 401(k) Contribution Impacts Your Federal Taxes

Though boosting your 401(k) contribution might save you money up front, it could also cost you money in the long run. Today's Stocks & Topics: DOC - Physicians Realty Trust, TGT - Target Corp., MU - Micron Technology Inc., CMG - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., Long Term Care Insurance, I-R-A, When a Public Companies Go Private, VZ - Verizon Communications Inc.


03-14-18: Mistakes to Avoid When the Stock Market Plunges

There's no denying how nerve-wracking a 1,000-plus points drop in the Dow Jones industrial average can be, especially when it happens twice in four days as it did last month. Today's Stocks & Topics: Interest Rates, Consumers Spending Report, The Fed, SPY - SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust, BGS - B&G Foods Inc., Bonds, SWN - Southwestern Energy Co., HSY - Hershey Co., Umbrella Insurance.


03-13-18: Long-Term Investment Strategies

Investing for the long term helps to reduce transaction costs, and saves you the time you'd spend researching worthy investments. Today's Stocks & Topics: Housing Market, SPOT - Spotify Technology, New Investor, LB - L Brands Inc., SAVE - Spirit Airlines Inc., BYDDF - BYD Co. Ltd., BYDDY - BYD Co. Ltd. American Depository Receipt (ADR), D - Dominion Energy Inc., Qualcomm-Broadcom, KR - Kroger Co.


03-12-18: Maybe What You Need is a Financial 'Detox'

People focus too much time on which stock will outperform as opposed to just getting the right exposure to the entire market. Today's Stocks & Topics: Crash Course, Inflation, The World Trade Organization, Tax Rates & Retirement, BOTZ - Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF, TIPS, CDs, RH – Restoration Hardware, GLD - SPDR Gold Shares, ETFs, BGS - B&G Foods Inc.


03-09-18: Can You Pass The Financial Smarts Test?

Take this pop quiz. See if you know how to handle your money and avoid scammers. Today's Stocks & Topics: Timing The Market, Insurance & Inflation, VRX - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Moving Average, IIPR - Innovative Industrial Properties Inc., Max Contribution, QCOM - Qualcomm Inc., AVGO - Broadcom Ltd., ETFs, New Way to Combat Credit Card Fraud, KHC Kraft Heinz Co., Steel & Aluminum Tariff.


03-08-18: How Should My Asset Allocation Change as I Get Older?

Retirement can last several decades, so it generally pays to maintain a healthy dose of stocks well into retirement. Today's Stocks & Topics: Short Term Investments, CELG - Celgene Corp., JP Morgan, FAZ - Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3x Shares, FAS - Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3x Shares, FNGU - BMO REX MicroSectors FANG+ Index 3X Leveraged ETN, VFMF - Vanguard U.S. Multifactor ETF, TCI - Transcontinental Realty Investors Inc., ETFs, BEN - Franklin Resources Inc., ALK - Alaska Air...


03-07-18: Are You Committing the Bond Blunder?

There is some truth to the understanding that bonds are safer than stocks, but average investors miss an important nuance. Today's Stocks & Topics: Steel Tariff, F - Ford Motor Co., Productivity Numbers, Beige Book, Jobs, ARCT - Arcturus Therapeutics Ltd, ABBV - AbbVie Inc., AIEQ - AI Powered Equity ETF, MU - Micron Technology Inc., FDX - FedEx Corp., SQM - Sociedad Quimica y Minera De Chile S.A. ADR, GSY - Guggenheim Ultra Short Duration ETF.


03-06-18: Bond ETFs - Not as Simple as They Seem

There are some downers related to bond ETF investing. However, if you are aware of them, you may avoid them altogether. Today's Stocks & Topics: 200 Day Moving Average, NOK - Nokia Corp. ADR, Self-Directed IRA, The Stock Market, NKTR - Nektar Therapeutics, YGYI - Youngevity International Inc., Cost Basis, Why Are Annuities Bad Ideas, Price Target, Trump's Steel and Aluminum Tariffs.


03-05-18: What Higher Interest Rates Really Mean for Investors

The job market tightens pushing up wages. That will drive up consumer spending. It all means higher interest rates. Today's Stocks & Topics: Terminology, NWL - Newell Brands Inc., AGN - Allergan PLC, 529 Plan, SON - Sonoco Products Co., Pension, Leaving IRA Assets to Your Loved Ones, NTNX - Nutanix Inc. Cl A, Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum.


03-02-18: Why Biggest Dow Drop Won't Derail Your Retirement

A market correction is actually a good time to save more. You get more shares for less money. Today's Stocks & Topics: Retirement, Trade War, The Dow Theory, VZ - Verizon Communications Inc., RAD - Rite Aid Corp., Bond ETFs, BOJA - Bojangles' Inc., Investing, HPE - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., Trend Following.


03-01-18: How a Falling Dollar Affects Your Retirement Portfolio

Will investors prefer U.S. Dollar Denominated Assets in the future, or assets denominated in foreign currencies? Today's Stocks & Topics: Steel Tariffs, Government Debt, Ten Year Treasury, PCG - PG&E Corp., AGN - Allergan PLC, GEO - GEO Group Inc., LOW - Lowe's Cos., Hedge Funds, MSCI - MSCI Inc., PFPT - Proofpoint Inc., Hardest Working Cities in America.


02-28-18: 6 Ways to Measure if Your Retirement Plan is on Track

It's about making adjustments. How to veer and steer toward a successful retirement. Today's Stocks & Topics: 200 Day Moving Average, Red Flags, U.S. Dollar Rose in February, Government Debt, RTN - Raytheon Co., NOC - Northrop Grumman Corp., AZO - AutoZone Inc., P.E. Ratio, GE - General Electric Co., SBUX - Starbucks Corp., BGS - B&G Foods Inc., NRZ - New Residential Investment Corp., PCG - PG&E Corp., MO - Altria Group Inc., Blue Chips Stocks.


02-27-18: Getting What You Need from a Company's Balance Sheet

Reading between the lines and crossing out the ones that don't matter Today's Stocks & Topics: i-Bonds, CGNX - Cognex Corp., Bull Market, What to Buy and Sell, FRESX - Fidelity Real Estate Investment Portfolio, Real Estate, GLNCY - Glencore PLC ADR, I-R-A, Cost Basis, 401k, SND - Smart Sand Inc., Portfolio.


02-26-18: Getting Rid of Your Losing Anxiety

Fear can get in the way of great opportunities. It generates negative feelings, influencing decisions. Acting on emotions rather than facts. Today's Stocks & Topics: Volatility, QIWI - QIWI PLC ADR, Asset Allocation, LVS - Las Vegas Sands Corp., Household Debt, PEP - PepsiCo Inc., Cash Flow, VSTSX - Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund;Institutional Select, SPY - SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust.


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