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Consolidate Your Individual Retirement Accounts

For most investors, the answer is yes. Putting all of your IRAs under one roof offers a number of advantages, starting with potential lower costs. Combining your accounts may ensure you avoid low-balance fees...

Actively Managed Funds That Won in 2014

As has been widely noted, the past year has been a rough one for actively managed stock funds. In particular, only 13% of funds that focus on large-company domestic stocks beat the 13.7% return of Standard &...

A Mutual Fund That Favors Really Small Stocks

The past year was a rough one for the little guys. While Standard & Poor's 500-stock index returned 14%, the Russell 2000 index, which tracks small-company stocks, gained a mere 4%. Like most other small-stock...

Cash In on the Strong Dollar With These Six Stocks

The dollar has been gaining strength over the past year, and that's pressuring profits of many U.S. companies that do a substantial amount of business overseas. Consider Coca-Cola (symbol KO, $41.73), which sells...

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...

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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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