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8 Losing Stocks to Sell Before Year-End

With the stock market shaky of late, this may be a good time to consider "harvesting" investment losses. This age-old tax strategy is aimed at clearing out investment mistakes before year-end. By dumping losing...

Financial Planners for Young Clients

Bob Veres (pictured at left) is editor and publisher of Inside Information Service, a publication for financial planners. We spoke with him about how millennials approach getting professional assistance with...

Handle Junk Bonds With Care

Because interest rates are so low today, the extra income you get from high-yield, or "junk," bonds looks tempting. But before you buy in to junk, you should know what you're getting yourself into. Companies...

What Will Higher Rates Do to the Kip 25 Bond...

Defying almost all of the experts, interest rates continue to fall. At one point during the mid October stock-market pullback, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond dipped below 2%, a full percentage...

How Overpaid CEOs Hurt Investors

Years ago, when I started writing articles critical of exorbitant executive pay, some readers accused me of being a communist. In truth, I'm a die-hard capitalist. But I believe soaring executive pay is helping...

Promising Bargains in Biotech Stocks

Back in the old days, stocks of small biotech companies virtually defined investment risk. News about the results of a drug in trials could cause a stock to soar or crater. There was no middle ground. So value...

5 Underperforming S&P Stocks to Buy Now

Despite the current pullback, Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has returned a solid 12% over the past year. Not every stock in the index has gained, of course. Many, in fact, have lost ground. Are any of those...

Pick the Best Index Fund for You

Investors looking for an easy and low-cost way to earn market returns have flocked to index funds in recent years, pushing up assets in these passively managed products to a record $3.8 trillion. But the...

Yieldcos: Alternative-Energy Stocks for...

Renewable-energy investing has long been the domain of growth-oriented investors who have the stomach for the industry's ups and downs. But a new breed of income-producing alternative-energy stocks is designed to...

Why Stocks Keep Plunging and What to Do Now

Take a deep breath and repeat after me: "It's not 2008. It's not 2008. It's not 2008."Yes, volatility, especially volatility to the down side, can be frightening. Losses, occasionally big losses, come with the...

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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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