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Get Regular With Your Investing

If you’re looking at the markets, and your instinct is to run screaming, let’s all remember 2008. I know I am. In December of that dreadful year, my husband and I were shopping at a car dealership. On TV, a huge graphic showed the Dow plummeting...

Making Sense of the Market Drop

This morning I was watching my son, now almost five, finish his first jigsaw puzzle—100 pieces, which taxed his patience never mind his ability to sit still. Trying to make sense of yesterday’s market plunge, a harrowing 513 drop in the Dow,...

“Why Didn’t I Do This Years Ago?”

My name is Julie and I'm the type to tackle just about anything fearlessly. I'm in the military as a Logistics Readiness Officer, I used to be a firefighter, and I’m an avid rock climber. But I’ve never been able to conquer my fear of investing....

Growth vs. Value Investing

Shopping for a good stock isn’t all that different than shopping for a handbag. Some women are willing to shell out big bucks for this season’s “it” bag. Others love a deal, like finding a Coach classic at a consignment shop. For investors, this...

Wrap Your Mind Around Corporate Earnings Reports

Earning season comes four times a year, and lasts for roughly a month. It’s when most public companies—including most of the S&P 500—announce their quarterly or annual profits. It's like a report card. This week alone 180 companies are reporting....

Borders Shareholders Lost, But You Don't Have To

As consumers, we mourn the demise of Borders bookstores. But as investors, we can learn much from the tragic tale. Borders Group, which went public in 1995, reached a high of about $40 per share in 1998. But in February 2011, the company filed...

Protect Your Assets From a Tax Bite

Do you think you’ll be in a higher tax bracket during retirement than you are now? The answer isn’t solely based on your future income—although you may scamper up the tax ladder as you accumulate wealth. It also depends on federal tax rates. The...

A Quick Way to Browse Mutual Funds

When an article or friend makes you question one of your investment choices, what’s your next step? Assuming you’ve identified a specific hole in your plan (e.g. you need some international exposure, or lower-priced funds), using a mutual fund...

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