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Indices Are Good to Know

What's an Index? An index provides "a summary of the market [based on] the top stocks within a market." Indices reflect numerous different markets; major ones include: The Dow—Tracks 30 of the biggest companies and is considered a leading...

Should You Buy Dunkin' Shares?

2011 is shaping up to be the Year of the IPO, what with LinkedIn, Pandora and now Dunkin' Brands (as in Donuts) going public. Although "initial public offering" is a technical term, referring to a company's decision to publicly report their...

The Best Way to Talk About Retirement

Do you and your spouse talk about when you want to retire, how you’re saving for it, and where you’ll spend those allegedly golden years? Probably not. Couples are so out-of-sync when it comes to retirement planning that 73% disagree about whether...

Penny Stocks Are Cheap for a Reason

Can you buy a stock for a penny? Not really. Generally, penny stocks are shares of companies that trade for under $5 (some define them as shares trading under $1).Why are penny stocks so cheap? Sometimes the company is on shaky ground, so you get...

How Fees Eat Up to 17% of Your 401(k)

About 70% of people with 401k plans have no idea that they are paying a small fortune in hidden fees, a survey this year by AARP found. That’s changing now, as new federal rules are requiring that plan providers—like Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard,...

Not All Teen Retailers Deserve Detention

Jeez. It’s the same way your parents would react: Just because Wall Street found a few bad boys in the teen retail sector, does that mean they should all be grounded? Huh? Sure, Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Pacific Sunwear...

A Flexible, Low-Cost Fund

ETFs, defined: Even Wall Street has its fashion trends, and right now exchange-traded funds are still enjoying hot-commodity status. They are built like index mutual funds, but they can be traded like stocks. These days, you can find an ETF that...

Get the Most Out of Your IRAs

Q: I plan to put $5,000 into my IRA this year, but I want to open a Roth IRA, too. Can I put another $5,000 into the Roth? A: Sadly, in this case, the answer is no. But you can mix and match some retirement accounts. Here’s a rundown: You can...

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