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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 Banks Don't Know Can Hurt You

You know that mortgage rates are at historic lows. You salivate at the thought of knocking a big chunk off your monthly expenses. “Honey, we could save $350 a month if we refinance to a 7/1 ARM!” I screamed to my husband recently, after a refi...

Three Refreshing Ways to Save Now

Wake up your savings with these piping-hot tips, inspired by Stacy Johnson’s Top 10 list on Money Talks News. Our three faves: Avoid buying new. Okay, certain things you must buy new (underwear comes to mind)—but the bigger point is that most...

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...

Top 6 Budget Tips from Readers

We always knew we had budget superstars in our midst … now they’ve come out of the shadows to rock your money-planning world. Behold our six favorite budgeting tips from DailyWorth’s own readers:It’s in the Cards—by Jen I put all that I can on my...

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...

Exercise Your Banking Options

With Bank of America announcing that it will soon charge a fee for debit card use, you may be worried that your bank is next—and if so, what can you do? According to consumer banking experts, you’ve got several choices. Stay where you are, but...

The One-Fund Plan

If you’re stymied about where to start investing, consider a basic all-in-one fund called a target date fund that puts your financial plan on cruise control. Well, sort of. Let us explain: First, you pick a fund that’s targeted toward your desired...

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