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The Scariest Investing Terms

Gather ‘round dear AssetClass readers. Today, in honor of Halloween, we have a tutorial in terror. Here are a few spine-tingling terms that investors should watch out for: Zombie Stocks These are shares that have been left for dead, but they...

Roll over your 401(k) to a Roth IRA?

Earlier this month, we wrote about rolling over your 401(k) into a traditional IRA when you leave your job. But what if you want to roll into a Roth IRA?Roth IRAs offer a smart tax break that you should know about for your retirement plan....

Should You Buy Stock in Your Most-Loved Brands?

“Buy what you know.” You’ve probably heard this bit of folksy, feel-good advice about stock picking. It’s often attributed to investing legend Peter Lynch, who from 1977 to 1990 managed Fidelity Investment’s Magellan Fund (FMAGX), which earned an...

Stable Value Funds Help Reduce Risk

In this economic climate, what can you do to shore up the value of your 401k and prevent further losses? Under normal circumstances—i.e. five years ago—owning bonds or bond funds in a long-term portfolio was supposed to protect it from falling too...

Global Thought Leaders: She Helps War Victims Start Over

Photo of Zainab Salbi The DailyWorth Global Thought Leader series features exclusive interviews with remarkable entrepreneurs and activists who are striving to improve women's lives around the world. The idea emerged one night at a Denny’s, of...

ETF vs. Mutual Fund Showdown

Cats vs. dogs. Waxing vs. shaving. Clooney vs. Pitt. In the grand battles of personal preferences, what about mutual funds vs. exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? (Yes, we’d also rather talk Clooney and Pitt, but, hey, this is an investing column.) At...

What Banks Don't Know Can Hurt You

You know that mortgage rates are at historic lows. You salivate at the thought of knocking a big chunk off your monthly expenses. “Honey, we could save $350 a month if we refinance to a 7/1 ARM!” I screamed to my husband recently, after a refi...

What Does it Mean to “Short” a Stock?

When watching a sports game, would you bet on who’s going to lose? That’s essentially what “short-sellers” do: they bet that a stock, sector or broader benchmark will fall in price. (“Long investors” bet that prices will rise.) Here’s a simplified...

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