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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....

Buying a House on a Teacher's Pay

My name is Christine, and I’m going to buy a house this year. I’ve been saving for six months, but unplanned expenses have sucked away a lot of my extra cash. I want to close on my house when my lease is up in December, so I need to get serious...

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...

Your Holiday Savings Plan Starts Now

Remember last year, when you vowed to start that holiday savings account sooner—to relieve stress and prevent a giant Visa hangover? Now’s your chance! Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is 128 days away, on November...

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...

Quick Fix for a Budget Breakdown

Each season brings its own set of expenses, and recently I had to give my budget a serious summer tune-up. Soon I’ll be fretting about holiday gifts and heating bills. Right now—with guests and picnics and parties and potlucks—my issue is food....

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....

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