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Deconstructing the Dow

Deconstructing the Dow

The dear, old Dow— love it or hate it (and many market professionals fall into the latter category), one thing is for certain: You can’t ignore it, even if you try. Here’s why we should still care (or not) about the godfather of all equity indexes. In many ways, it’s a throwback to an ancient, sepia-toned era, when smokestacks...

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On the Contrary ...
September 1, 2014

On the Contrary ...

Contrarian investing isn’t just doing the opposite of what the headlines say or going against the crowd. It’s more complicated than that. Sentiment analysis tools...

Altitude Adjustment for Bond Market?
August 1, 2014

Altitude Adjustment for Bond Market?

Interest rates will rise and bond prices will decline. When, exactly, and by how much? No one knows for sure. All the more reason for fixed income investors...

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Why Wait for Financial Aid?
August 1, 2014

Why Wait for Financial Aid?

Go ahead, throw yourself on the mercy of State U’s aid office and crank out the scholarship essays. But you may also want to consider a tax-advantaged 529 College...

How to Blow (Off) Bubbles
August 1, 2014

How to Blow (Off) Bubbles

From tulip bulbs to dot-coms, history is littered with the wreckage of market bubbles. Current conditions aren’t raising red flags among most market experts...

Beef Up, Go Green
July 1, 2014

Beef Up, Go Green

Inflation is right under your nose. On the dinner table. At the doctor’s office. But so too are potential opportunities. Learn how you might harness inflation...

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Staying in the Game
July 1, 2014

Staying in the Game

Risk management can take many forms— it’s what prevents you from torpedoing your kid’s college fund, for starters. But before you can do it, you have to define it...

Flipping Inflation the Bird
June 1, 2014

Flipping Inflation the Bird

Inflation hawks have been voices in the wilderness for some time. But guess what? If ever they’re 100% right, damage to economic growth, and unprotected...

How to Avoid Brain Freeze
June 1, 2014

How to Avoid Brain Freeze

Fear isn’t something you can mitigate by tinkering with watch lists or chart indicators. Even market veterans aren’t immune to the mental paralysis that can hit...

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The Price is Right ... Right?
May 1, 2014

The Price is Right ... Right?

Arguably the granddaddy of all the market metrics to determine expensive versus cheap, the price-to-earnings ratio has been (and probably always will be) a subject...

Investing's Dirty Word: Inflation
May 1, 2014

Investing's Dirty Word: Inflation

When’s the best time to think about inflation? Right now—when it’s not chewing your portfolio to shreds. Few economists predict a repeat of 1970s-style inflation...

Tune In: Corporate Conference Calls after Quarterly Earnings
April 13, 2014

Tune In: Corporate Conference Calls after Quarterly Earnings

The conference calls held after the release of quarterly financial results, a routine practice for most U.S. corporations, can be a rich source of insight and ideas...

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Cost Basis: Covered Securities and Tax Implications Explained
January 13, 2014

Cost Basis: Covered Securities and Tax Implications Explained

It’s time to run down the changes we will see this tax filing season and what to expect in 2014 and beyond. In 2001, the U.S. Government Accountability Office...

Your Next Global Move? Follow the Flow of Emerging Markets
October 13, 2013

Your Next Global Move? Follow the Flow of Emerging Markets

Trade winds may be swirling in favor of emerging market countries sitting on a surplus, not riding on stimulus. Feeling a change in the air? Autumn is the time when...

Don’t Skip this Class: Tax-Advantaged 529s versus Retirement
August 13, 2013

Don’t Skip this Class: Tax-Advantaged 529s versus Retirement

College-planning math can bring on a serious brain cramp. Financial Advisor Ric Edelman urges focus on this number instead—tax-advantaged 529s.

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Know How to Protect Your Basket? Consider Using Options
July 12, 2013

Know How to Protect Your Basket? Consider Using Options

Options aren’t always for speculation. Just as we insure our homes and cars, options can be used to offer some protection for a limited period.

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