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Socially Responsible Investing Does Not Mean Lower Returns

  By choosing a socially responsible investment (SRI) fund, you don't have to sacrifice performance. According to Victoria Collins, Ph.D., CFP, a senior managing director of First Foundation Advisors, "SRI funds perform as well if not better than...

Be Smart About Store Cards

Store cards: friend or foe? Given how tempting that on-the-spot 15 percent discount can be, signing up for a store card is hard to resist—and may even be worth it. But retail cards can also compromise your credit in ways you may not realize, says...

A Solo 401(k) Is Smarter

When I exited my magazine-editing job a few months ago to start a business as an editorial consultant, I knew the standard advice was to roll over my 401k into an IRA immediately. After talking with a few money-savvy friends, I opted to call...

Inflation Translation

Remember when a slice of pizza was $1 or a cup of coffee was 50 cents? (If that was before your time, bear with us.) These days, depending on where you live, a slice is about $2 and a cup of ordinary, nondesigner coffee is about $1.25. At least....

Why Kids Should Chip in for College

When I was in high school, I worked as a waitress, slinging hot cakes and hash at my local IHOP. My plan: to drive off to college in a lightly-used red sports car. Then my father presented me with my college tuition bill. He asked me to pay the...

Pick Trends With Staying Power

How do you invest wisely in trends—without becoming a trend-hopping investor? “It’s tricky,” says LouAnn Lofton, Motley Fool contributor and author of “Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl.” “You can’t get caught up in the hype.” Last year people...

Where to Stash Your Cash

Today’s belly-low interest rates pose a real challenge if you’re trying to sock away some money. Where’s the growth, when the average savings account is paying a measly 0.20%? Good news: We got the inside scoop from top money experts about the...

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