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Investing

Cut Your Losses

At a certain point in life, you have to confront the underperforming assets—people, investments and possessions that you stubbornly (or fearfully) hold onto, even though they no longer enrich you or your bottom line. You know: The friends who are...

5 Reasons We Love Index Funds

Galia Gichon is the founder of Down-To-Earth Finance.An index fund is a mutual fund that duplicates as closely as possible the performance of a particular stock market or bond benchmark, such as the S&P 500, the Nasdaq 100, the Dow Jones...

Investing 101: Why, What, and How

Before you figure out how you should invest, it's important to understand why you should invest to begin with and what your investment options are. The more information you have, the better position you’re in to decide how you want to answer the...

The 529 Plan = Smart College Savings

A private college education could cost more than $400,000 in 18 years. 529 plans are federal tax-free savings funds specifically designed to help you save for your kids' college expenses. Some parents open a 529 plan when their child is born. If...

Roll, Baby. Roll

Starting in January of 2010, anyone with a traditional IRA will be able to convert to a Roth IRA, even if your adjusted gross income is more than $100,000 per year. You'll have two years to pay taxes on any tax-deductible contributions you've...

Your Appetite for Risk

Investment portfolios should be properly diversified. Your distribution of stocks, bonds and cash should reflect your age, risk tolerance and retirement goals. The younger you are, the more you'll want stocks over bonds, high growth companies...

You're Stock-Savvy, After All

Are you managing your investments, or merely hoping your portfolio manager/father/husband/boyfriend has your best interests in mind? Turns out, you might be the best one for the job.   Several studies have shown than women are consistently better...

5 Ways to Grow Your 401k

It sure is hard to have faith in your 401k. It seems pointless to keep putting money into it every month when the total balance goes down. Plus it seems hopeless that you will ever have enough to retire. While the temptation is to stop...

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