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I'll Beat the Market Yet

For a few glorious moments the other day, the total return since inception of my Practical Investing portfolio surpassed that of its benchmark, Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (symbol VTI). However, a few days...

Juice Up Your Cash Returns

The name of this column includes the word cash, but it seems like forever since I last discussed the green stuff. The reason is plain. The average money market fund pays 0.01%, and three-month Treasury bills...

10 Worst ETFs

When SPDR S&P 500 ETF, the first exchange-traded fund, made its debut in 1993, Whitney Houston topped the charts, shoppers were snapping up Beanie Babies and Cheers was in its final season. The newfangled gizmo...

5 Stocks to Profit from Water's Scarcity

In coming decades, the words of the ancient Mariner are increasingly likely to seep into the world's consciousness: "Water, water everywhere, [but not a] drop to drink." Though lakes, seas and oceans blanket 71%...

Why Vanguard's Actively Managed Funds Are a...

In 1991, Dan Wiener, a magazine reporter covering mutual funds, decided to get into the newsletter business. As the name he chose for his letter made clear, the mission of the Independent Adviser for Vanguard...

How to Profit From Corporate Mergers

Every week, it seems, brings news of a corporate coupling (or at least an invitation). Buyouts are brisk in industries ranging from technology to health care, from finance to consumer goods. To get an idea of the...

12 Stocks to Get Dividends Every Month - Slide...

A regular paycheck isn't the only way to ensure a steady flow of income. By carefully selecting stocks that pay dividends on the right schedule, you can build a portfolio that guarantees cash every month. Here...

3 Best Airline Stocks to Buy Now

There's an old Wall Street joke about how to end up with $1 million worth of airline stocks: Start with $10 million. But over the past two years, the joke has been on investors who have stayed away from this...

The Managers of a Top Bond Fund Turn Bearish

Since its inception in 1991, Loomis Sayles Bond (LSBRX) has been far friskier than the typical bond fund, often fishing for value in risky sectors that other fixed-income funds wouldn't touch.Not now. Founding...

Use Alternative Investments to Hedge Without...

Alternative investment strategies used to be synonymous with hedge funds and the endowments and wealthy investors that bought into them. But now a growing number of mutual funds are adopting hedge-fund tactics,...

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6 Reasons You Hate Your Cable Company

There's a very good chance that you and your cable company aren't on good terms. According to a recent...

Dodging Airline Fees the Hard Way

Fees for everything from checked baggage to a few extra inches of legroom account for a generous...

New Rules for (Some) Flexible Spending Accounts

I heard that employers can now let people roll over $500 in their medical flexible spending accounts...

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