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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...

The Real Estate Crisis Hits Home

It's hard to say when the bad news started. Did it start when we didn't get a lick of interest the first two months our home was listed for sale? Or when we got some foot traffic, but no one was interested (and one humdinger said she didn't like...

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...

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...

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....

Indices Are Good to Know

What's an Index? An index provides "a summary of the market [based on] the top stocks within a market." Indices reflect numerous different markets; major ones include: The Dow—Tracks 30 of the biggest companies and is considered a leading...

Should You Buy Dunkin' Shares?

2011 is shaping up to be the Year of the IPO, what with LinkedIn, Pandora and now Dunkin' Brands (as in Donuts) going public. Although "initial public offering" is a technical term, referring to a company's decision to publicly report their...

The Best Way to Talk About Retirement

Do you and your spouse talk about when you want to retire, how you’re saving for it, and where you’ll spend those allegedly golden years? Probably not. Couples are so out-of-sync when it comes to retirement planning that 73% disagree about whether...

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