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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...

Bonds. Italian Bonds. And Why The World is Watching Them.

From left: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti These days, the ongoing European debt crisis has more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti. Several countries—Ireland,...

The Greek Crisis Unfolds

Police and protesters clash in Athens. Photo:AP   Confused about what’s going on with Greece? You’re not alone. “It’s currently one of the most complicated subjects in the world,” says global equity strategist Alec Young of Standard & Poor’s...

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