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Should You Buy Stock in Your Most-Loved Brands?

“Buy what you know.” You’ve probably heard this bit of folksy, feel-good advice about stock picking. It’s often attributed to investing legend Peter Lynch, who from 1977 to 1990 managed Fidelity Investment’s Magellan Fund (FMAGX), which earned an...

ETF vs. Mutual Fund Showdown

Cats vs. dogs. Waxing vs. shaving. Clooney vs. Pitt. In the grand battles of personal preferences, what about mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? (Yes, we’d also rather talk Clooney and Pitt, but, hey, this is an investing column.) At...

What Does it Mean to “Short” a Stock?

When watching a sports game, would you bet on who’s going to lose? That’s essentially what “short-sellers” do: they bet that a stock, sector or broader benchmark will fall in price. (“Long investors” bet that prices will rise.) Here’s a simplified...

Change Your Benefits Plan and Save

It’s open enrollment season again—the annual window where you can sign up for (or adjust) your employee benefits. The ultimate benefit to you, of course, is the money you can save. To make sure you understand and maximize your package, check out...

AssetClass to Reflect Many Sides of Worth

Did you know that about 27% of high net-worth individuals around the world are now female? And the percentage of wealthy women in the United States is higher—about 37%, according to the World Wealth Report—so we’re headed in the right direction....

Would You Invest in a Tobacco Company?

As investors, we usually focus on what investments are good for our bottom line—like, say, steady dividend-paying stocks. But what investing in companies we can also feel good about?Socially responsible mutual funds typically use social screens to...

3 Free Investing Apps

From left: Chaiken Power Tools, Retire Logix, and Market Millionaire. Today’s task: Find three fabulous and free smartphone apps that can make us better investors. Truth? It was slim pickings. Don’t get us wrong: the apps below are great. But our...

Raising a Future Investor

When I was a teenager, my grandmother gave me a couple shares of Limited Brands. I had worked at The Limited that summer, and while I was focused on my employee discount, she was trying to get me to think bigger. At the time, I was nonplussed....

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