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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...

A Technology ETF With Balanced Holdings

Technology stocks have been on a roll. Over the past 12 months, the sector returned 25.1%, besting Standard & Poor's 500-stock index by two percentage points. First Trust Nasdaq-100-Technology Sector Index Fund...

Get the Most From Inherited IRAs

Your adult children may covet your 1950s baseball-card collection, but unless there's a mint-condition Willie Mays or Ted Williams in the stack, it won't mean much to their financial security. An inherited IRA,...

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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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