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Target Date Mutual Funds

A recent study found that most investors who have target date mutual funds don't understand how they work. What makes this discovery sort of funny—but not in a good way—is that the point of target date funds (TDFs) is that they were supposed to...

Join Save UP! DailyWorth's 2010 Saving Challenge

Ready, set ... JOIN Save UP! on DailyWorth, a year-long, savings initiative that will help every DailyWorth member build her net worth. You now have thousands of women (all of us)—your built-in cheering squad and advisory board as you save (and...

Investing 101: Why, What, and How

Before you figure out how you should invest, it's important to understand why you should invest to begin with and what your investment options are. The more information you have, the better position you’re in to decide how you want to answer the...

The 529 Plan = Smart College Savings

A private college education could cost more than $400,000 in 18 years. 529 plans are federal tax-free savings funds specifically designed to help you save for your kids' college expenses. Some parents open a 529 plan when their child is born. If...

Obama and Your 401k

President Obama’s administration has been very proactive in dealing with our economic crisis. One area is our 401k. While I do not necessarily agree with some of their actions - because I think touching your 401k or IRA money is the last place you...

You're Stock-Savvy, After All

Are you managing your investments, or merely hoping your portfolio manager/father/husband/boyfriend has your best interests in mind? Turns out, you might be the best one for the job.   Several studies have shown than women are consistently better...

More About IRA

Now that you know enough about the Roth IRA to be dangerous (see last week's DailyWorth on the subject), you're done researching retirement plans. Whoa. Stop right there. The Roth IRA is just the tip of the retirement-fund iceberg. There are a...

Budget Busters

Congratulations, you've got a budget: $400 a month for groceries. $2,000 for rent or mortgage, and 15% of your take-home pay distributed across your six-month emergency savings fund, IRA and 401k. Wait ... nothing left over for savings? You have...

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