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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...

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....

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...

Protect Your Assets From a Tax Bite

Do you think you’ll be in a higher tax bracket during retirement than you are now? The answer isn’t solely based on your future income—although you may scamper up the tax ladder as you accumulate wealth. It also depends on federal tax rates. The...

A Quick Way to Browse Mutual Funds

When an article or friend makes you question one of your investment choices, what’s your next step? Assuming you’ve identified a specific hole in your plan (e.g. you need some international exposure, or lower-priced funds), using a mutual fund...

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...

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...

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