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Get a Return on Responsibility

Your money reflects who you are. You buy organic, recycle, and generally try to live a good life. You want your portfolio to reflect those ethics. But investors who want to add “doing good” to their returns have to be savvy, even when considering...

Turn Down the Volatility on Your Investments

Looking for an antidote to the queasy feeling you have about the markets? Low-volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could be the tonic you’re looking for. In general, ETFs offer investors a cheaper and (in some ways) easier means of getting...

Before You Bet on High-Yield Bonds, Read This

Greece. Portugal. Spain. Italy. Like their art, food, wine (and men), these sultry, volatile countries’ high-yield bonds may seem enticing right now. A 10-year Italian government bond is currently yielding 6.25%. A Portugese bond? You’re looking...

Shopping is Fun. Investing is Boring.

Photo of Janet Hansen from 85 Broads A rant from Janet Hansen, founder of 85 Broads and one of Goldman Sachs’ first top female executives. I’ve actually had women say to me, “Shopping is fun. Investing is boring.” It’s staggering to me that women...

A 3-D Model Makes Planning Easier

Financial plans are often couched in linear, two-dimensional terms. Contribute X, end up with Y. Blah, blah. That’s a turn-off for most women, studies show. Women like to weave together multiple goals. Solution: You need a 3-D plan, a model you...

Your Future, One Step at a Time

Legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes once said, “Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.” He’s probably right. But some folks have day jobs. And hobbies. And several back episodes of Parenthood to watch. So...

Waking Up From My Investing Coma

Last year, I read Amanda’s posts about recovering from her money coma with a sense of relief. I too was stuck—in an investing coma. During the ten years I worked in a corporate job, money was automatically transferred to investments my dad had...

Stocks: Better Than a Gift Card?

Your dad loves to roam the electronics section at Costco (COST). Your mom raves about T.J. Maxx (TJX). Rather than buying them gifts from those stores, give a share in the company itself. It’s easy to buy a single stock online. And even if the...

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