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Impulse Shop No More - Try Wishpot

When wishes come true... It's 11:29 PM and you're still clicking around the web, in a fit of late-night (only vaguely satisfying) retail therapy. Look—click—add to cart—repeat. If only there was some way to corral the gems you find so that a) you...

Your Retirement: On Target

  Fairytale gone wrong Once upon a time, about 15 years ago, a fierce dragon was terrorizing a small village... Wait, sorry! Wrong story. Back in the 1990s, a terrible retirement problem was looming. Traditional pension plans were disappearing,...

Tax Refund Allocation Dilemma

Meet TRAD What is TRAD? TRAD is the Tax Refund Allocation Dilemma, and it's a hazard this time of year. Here's one reader's puzzle: Q: I'm getting about $1,200 back for my tax refund. There are three things that I would like to do. What is the...

Protect Yourself from Overdraft 'Protection'

Account busters Banks make billions by charging people overdraft "protection" fees. The Center for Responsible Lending says that banks took in about $24 billion in 2008; estimates for 2009 are well over $30 billion. New federal rules take effect...

Fill Your Pot of Gold

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we'd like to shift away from "the wearin' of the green" to the earning, saving and investing of it. Pick one action from the list below to fill your pot of gold today. Then, sure, have a green beer! Put off a...

The Sexy Side of Investing

  Investing has a sexy side? Well, it's not Lady Gaga sexy, but pretty close as far as the stock market goes. Meet Mr. Strong, Silent and Profitable—a.k.a. the index fund. What's so seductive about index funds? Pour yourself a cool beverage and...

Personal Account: Danielli, Part III

She has a good income, heinous debt, she's planning her wedding and—oops!—her fiancé just quit his job. DW reader Danielli wants off the financial rollercoaster, but how? Here the third installment in her series for DW. Read Part I and Part II...

Diving Into Mutual Funds

You may have heard the phrase, "A mutual fund is a like a basket of stocks." (Here, we compared a mutual fund to a box of wines.) Now it's time to explore what that really means, as part of our new Investing 101 series. When you buy shares of a...

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