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Why is Rolling Over My 401k So Doggone Tough?

I’ve been meaning to roll over my 401k ever since I left my job in 2008. Like many financial chores, it seemed like a pain—even though every personal finance expert makes it sound like rollovers are a snap. News flash: They’re wrong. First, the...

Survey Says: Women Drop the Ball on Retirement

In case you’re sick of hearing the same old story about women and retirement—women earn less, save less, feel less confident than men do, blah blah—imagine how we feel. We actually have to read all that data. And we’re sick of it, too. So when ING...

Diversifying Your Assets = Feeling More Secure

Diversification gets a lot of lip service in the investing world—but what does it actually mean for your portfolio? When you diversify, you allocate your money to different assets: stocks, bonds, cash, and maybe a fourth pile, like real estate....

Ditch the Age-Old Retirement Equation

It sounds like an old parlor trick: Subtract your age from 100—and the resulting number is the percentage of your retirement savings to put into stocks. The remainder (voila!) goes into bonds! By that logic, a 40-year-old would put 40% of her...

4 Money-Smart Home Repairs for Spring

As the snow melts, you can spot all the ways winter has taken a toll on your house. Invest a few hundred bucks in minor fixes now to preserve your biggest asset (and prevent really pricey repairs down the line). You know to clean out the gutters,...

Invest in Yourself

Today is the end of the first quarter of the year, a.k.a. Q1. Why should you care about this commonplace term from the world of finance and business? Because an efficient way to move forward is to have a regular marker to stop and assess your...

When Money Talks Go Round & Round (And Lead Nowhere)

People often say that money is the main source of couples’ fights. In fact, the underlying problem can start with money conversations. Often couples get bogged down in repetitive conversations around money instead of talking about the actual...

A Simpler Recipe for Wealth

There’s a strange phenomenon in the investing world I want to tell you about, a pattern I call the behavior gap—when investors earn less than their investments. Let’s consider an actual case involving the Janus Enterprise Fund. In March of 2007,...

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