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The Scariest Investing Terms

Gather ‘round dear AssetClass readers. Today, in honor of Halloween, we have a tutorial in terror. Here are a few spine-tingling terms that investors should watch out for: Zombie Stocks These are shares that have been left for dead, but they...

Roll over your 401(k) to a Roth IRA?

Earlier this month, we wrote about rolling over your 401(k) into a traditional IRA when you leave your job. But what if you want to roll into a Roth IRA?Roth IRAs offer a smart tax break that you should know about for your retirement plan....

Flat Taxes: For Better or Worse?

Perry and Romney are headed for a confrontation on tax policy. (STEVE MARCUS - REUTERS) By now you’ve figured out that a flat tax is pretty much what it sounds like. In the case of Republican candidate Herman Cain, who is proposing the 9-9-9...

Should You Buy Stock in Your Most-Loved Brands?

“Buy what you know.” You’ve probably heard this bit of folksy, feel-good advice about stock picking. It’s often attributed to investing legend Peter Lynch, who from 1977 to 1990 managed Fidelity Investment’s Magellan Fund (FMAGX), which earned an...

Stable Value Funds Help Reduce Risk

In this economic climate, what can you do to shore up the value of your 401k and prevent further losses? Under normal circumstances—i.e. five years ago—owning bonds or bond funds in a long-term portfolio was supposed to protect it from falling too...

Web Tools for an Effective Debt Diet

If you want to get out of debt, but you’re finding hard to make a plan (or stick to one), these three sites can help. Right now. If you want to get out of debt, but you’re finding hard to make a plan (or stick to one), these three sites can help....

ETF vs. Mutual Fund Showdown

Cats vs. dogs. Waxing vs. shaving. Clooney vs. Pitt. In the grand battles of personal preferences, what about mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? (Yes, we’d also rather talk Clooney and Pitt, but, hey, this is an investing column.) At...

What Banks Don't Know Can Hurt You

You know that mortgage rates are at historic lows. You salivate at the thought of knocking a big chunk off your monthly expenses. “Honey, we could save $350 a month if we refinance to a 7/1 ARM!” I screamed to my husband recently, after a refi...

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