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  • February 24, 2014

    April is Financial Literacy Month. As you await your tax refund, this is a good reminder to review your financial health and make the necessary...

  • June 25, 2013

    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Stock and bond markets have been reeling since the Federal Reserve suggested it might soon start winding down the stimulus program that has helped to keep...

  • June 12, 2013

    For Eugene Fama, the University of Chicago professor and father of modern finance, the key to investing is relatively simple - stay in a low-cost, diversified portfolio to capture virtually all market returns with a mix that's right for the...

  • June 3, 2013

    For investors who piled into bond funds this year, the past week has been an abject lesson of how to get bruised in short order.

    An uptick in yields smacked bond prices, which move inversely to yields. Funds investing in high-yield and...

  • May 30, 2013

    With the S&P 500 Index up more than 16 percent this year and health care, its top sector index, up 24 percent, it seems counterintuitive that so many investors are clinging to the low single-digit returns in bonds.

    Money certainly isn'...

  • May 17, 2013

    Socially responsible investing has long been associated with avoiding companies in "vice businesses" like alcohol, tobacco and weapons.

    Yet managers at socially conscious funds say screening companies based on how they treat workers is...

  • May 9, 2013

    With consumer stocks blazing this year, it makes sense for investors to focus on retailers as the economy continues an inchworm-like recovery. But retail is a fickle business. And trying to guess which companies will survive over the long-term is...

  • March 20, 2013

    The Federal Reserve has a pledge to keep interest rates low until unemployment falls below 6.5 percent and inflation tops 2.5 percent. But with the...

  • March 4, 2013

    Over the past few months, it has been much easier to make a case that widespread financial anxiety is easing, although trying to quantify the upsurge can be like trying to catch a frog. As soon as you grab for it, it jumps.

    At the...

  • February 5, 2013

    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Cash is pouring into money market funds run by brokerages and mutual fund companies, much if it siphoned from ordinary bank savings. Should regular folk join in...