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Get a Return on Responsibility

Your money reflects who you are. You buy organic, recycle, and generally try to live a good life. You want your portfolio to reflect those ethics. But investors who want to add “doing good” to their returns have to be savvy, even when considering...

Turn Down the Volatility on Your Investments

Looking for an antidote to the queasy feeling you have about the markets? Low-volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could be the tonic you’re looking for. In general, ETFs offer investors a cheaper and (in some ways) easier means of getting...

Build Your Best Cellar, for Less

Envy your pals who always seem to serve the perfect bottle of wine? Envy ends here—once you start your own wine cellar, stocked (yes) with bottles for $30 or less.   Pick It The trick is picking bottles that are “age-worthy,” says Mark Censits,...

Before You Bet on High-Yield Bonds, Read This

Greece. Portugal. Spain. Italy. Like their art, food, wine (and men), these sultry, volatile countries’ high-yield bonds may seem enticing right now. A 10-year Italian government bond is currently yielding 6.25%. A Portugese bond? You’re looking...

Shopping is Fun. Investing is Boring.

Photo of Janet Hansen from 85 Broads A rant from Janet Hansen, founder of 85 Broads and one of Goldman Sachs’ first top female executives. I’ve actually had women say to me, “Shopping is fun. Investing is boring.” It’s staggering to me that women...

How I Cope With Working-Mom Guilt

I’ve been working since my son was born; I’m also the primary earner in my marriage. My son, now five, is thriving. I’m not. I still filter everything through the lens of my shortcomings, the tally of meals missed and other failures. But he’s...

A 3-D Model Makes Planning Easier

Financial plans are often couched in linear, two-dimensional terms. Contribute X, end up with Y. Blah, blah. That’s a turn-off for most women, studies show. Women like to weave together multiple goals. Solution: You need a 3-D plan, a model you...

Your Future, One Step at a Time

Legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes once said, “Successful investing is anticipating the anticipations of others.” He’s probably right. But some folks have day jobs. And hobbies. And several back episodes of Parenthood to watch. So...

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