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The Power of Doing Nada

You may be surprised—or relieved—to know that women have innate wealth-building instincts, especially when it comes to investing. Unlike the Tarzans on the trading floor, research shows that women are more likely to sit tight and take fewer risks....

Indices Are Good to Know

What's an Index? An index provides "a summary of the market [based on] the top stocks within a market." Indices reflect numerous different markets; major ones include: The Dow—Tracks 30 of the biggest companies and is considered a leading...

How Fees Eat Up to 17% of Your 401(k)

About 70% of people with 401k plans have no idea that they are paying a small fortune in hidden fees, a survey this year by AARP found. That’s changing now, as new federal rules are requiring that plan providers—like Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard,...

Tips for Picking a Financial Adviser

Women need to get the max from their money to cover longer lifespans and the occasional career hiatus. "But I don't have that kind of money!" you might say. These days, getting the help of a pro doesn't have to cost much. Investing in one hour...

Why is Rolling Over My 401k So Doggone Tough?

I’ve been meaning to roll over my 401k ever since I left my job in 2008. Like many financial chores, it seemed like a pain—even though every personal finance expert makes it sound like rollovers are a snap. News flash: They’re wrong. First, the...

Invest in Yourself

Today is the end of the first quarter of the year, a.k.a. Q1. Why should you care about this commonplace term from the world of finance and business? Because an efficient way to move forward is to have a regular marker to stop and assess your...

Rx for Pesky Medical Claims

If the Affordable Care Act ever comes together, it could give some 44 million uninsured Americans access to health coverage. But it probably won’t stop insurance companies from mishandling one in five claims—or make it any easier to get...

Love, Money and My 1040 Form

You hate to give the IRS credit for anything, but tax-time revelations can provide some eye-openers. My favorite this year happened when my husband and I were in pre-tax prep, combing through our budget. I asked my dear spouse—who pays our...

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