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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....

When A Curveball Account Isn’t Enough

In the last couple of weeks, my husband and I had two big, unexpected car repairs, an error on our 1040 (translation: we owe the IRS) and—say it ain’t so! but it is!—my husband’s laptop needs a repair. Our curveball fund is wiped out and I had to...

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...

Lessons from the U.S. Debt Debacle

Months of doom-filled predictions, public debates, people scrambling to protect themselves from disaster. Remind you of anything? No, not the recent debt ceiling debacle, silly. We’re talking about Y2K: widespread hysteria that engulfed the final...

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....

Buying a House on a Teacher's Pay

My name is Christine, and I’m going to buy a house this year. I’ve been saving for six months, but unplanned expenses have sucked away a lot of my extra cash. I want to close on my house when my lease is up in December, so I need to get serious...

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...

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