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The Best Vanguard Funds for Income

With interest rates remaining stubbornly low, keeping fees on your income investments down is more important than ever. So word that Vanguard Group, the industry's cost leader, is expanding its lineup of low-fee...

Coping With Oil's Slide

In my January column on the downside of easy money, I wrote that it's impossible for the Federal Reserve (or anyone, for that matter) to manipulate a trillion-dollar economy without risking unintended...

Vanguard Energy ETF Will Ride Energy Rebound Up

Investors dropped energy stocks like so many hot potatoes as crude-oil prices plummeted 55% from their highs in the summer of 2014. As a result, Standard & Poor's Energy index sank 21% over the period, lagging...

Chevron, Stone Energy Are Oil Stocks Worth Keeping

Unless you've spent the past six months in an ashram, you know that one of today's biggest investing stories is the collapse of oil prices. After trading between roughly $80 and $100 per barrel from 2011 through...

Best Bond Funds for Income Investors

For the last four years, investors have braced for higher rates, only to be confounded by a fickle bond market. While most observers expect the Federal Reserve to raise short-term rates, probably in the second...

Best Pimco Funds After Bill Gross

Investors who dumped their Pimco funds last year after Bill Gross left the firm may have cut off their noses to spite their faces. Gross left behind a wealth of talented managers, including some who ran funds...

The Pros and Cons of Cheap Oil

The positives Buoyant consumers. With the price of a fill-up falling to its lowest level in 11 years, U.S. consumers will spend $750 less per household on gasoline this year than they did in 2014, the government...

New App Lets You Buy, Sell Stocks With No Fees

Investors are lining up around the virtual block to buy and sell stocks on a new mobile brokerage app that offers commission-free trades. The app, called Robinhood, has a waiting list of more than half a million...

Doubling Down on a Falling Stock

My friend Al just bought more shares of Westport Innovations (symbol WPRT), a stock in which he had an 85% loss. His logic? "For just a few thousand dollars, I can cut my cost basis in half." Al was practicing a...

3 Energy Stocks That Pay Safe Dividends

Drivers in the U.S. will burn 136 billion gallons of gasoline this year, according to government estimates. The U.S. aviation industry will consume 22 billion gallons of jet fuel, and the nation will use 62...

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Basics of Money

When and How to Hire a Tax Pro

Tax software does a good job of breaking down tax preparation into manageable bites. It will alert you...

What to Ask a Financial Adviser

Financial advisers and planners attend seminars and classes and read books so they can learn how to...

Understanding Capital Gains and Losses

What's a Capital Gain? A capital gain is what the tax law calls the profit when you sell a capital...

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