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Lower Cost Funds Tend to Perform Better

When you're deciding where to invest your money, the natural instinct is to go for the best possible mutual funds—the ones ranked 4 or 5 stars by Morningstar. But it turns out you should pay just as much attention—maybe even a bit more—to cost....

Selling Gold? Expect Less

The scenario: Late July. Gold prices are above $1,600 an ounce. I have a brilliant idea: sell my broken gold bracelet for some easy money!The reality: At a local San Francisco jewelry store, my bracelet is weighed and tested. A calculator is...

Know What 'Long-Term' Means for You

As we wrote on Monday, market downturns can be good buying opportunities for long-term investors. But what is a long-term investor these days? Given that the 10-year annualized total return of the S&P 500 is now 1.9% and over five years it’s 0.6%,...

Get Regular With Your Investing

If you’re looking at the markets, and your instinct is to run screaming, let’s all remember 2008. I know I am. In December of that dreadful year, my husband and I were shopping at a car dealership. On TV, a huge graphic showed the Dow plummeting...

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....

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....

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