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Brighter Outlook for Artisan Value Fund

Artisan Value's (symbol ARTLX) three-year results look impressive on the surface. Dig deeper, however, and you'll see that the fund lags the broad market and ranks behind 79% of all funds that focus on large,...

3 Simple Steps to Check Up on Your Mutual Funds

Step 1 Go to www.morningstar.com (Or look up funds via Kiplinger.com's free Fund Finder tool), type in a fund's name or symbol, and click on "performance." Look for year-to-date or one-year returns. Thanks to...

5 Low-Risk Funds for a Volatile Stock Market

On October 15, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 460 points by early afternoon, then rose nearly 300 points to finish the day with a loss of "only" 173 points. Two days later, the Dow soared 263 points. If...

8 Telecom Stocks With Big Dividend Yields

What stock market sector provides good yield, relative stability and potential for modest growth? The old dividend standby: telecommunications. Yields of telecom stocks have become even more attractive lately as...

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...

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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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