Stories & Features

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,...

How to Get Started Building Wealth

Competing economic demands and limited income make it particularly difficult for young people to save. After all, you have to pay for a roof over your head, you may need (or want) a car, and you'll have to pay...

When to Seek Help With Your Investments

In a perfect world, everyone would make his or her own investing decisions. After all, no one knows you better than you do. Plus, being a do-it-yourself investor means you don't have to pay someone else to invest...

Best Stocks for Socially Responsible Investors

When it began to blossom in the 1980s, "socially responsible" investing was mostly about what investors didn't want to own. That typically meant shunning stocks of so-called vice industries: defense, tobacco,...

What the New SEC Rules Mean for Your Money...

Money market mutual funds have become the Rodney Dangerfield of investments. They were created in the 1970s to allow individuals to capture market rates on their savings, rather than the meager yields held down...

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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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