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June 15, 2007
Should you speed up mortgage payments or increase investments? - Most people who have mortgages dream of a day when they won't. In fact, many mortgage-holders speed up their payments to make that day arrive sooner. Is that smart, from a financial standpoint? Not necessarily. This point is highlighted by a 2006 study prepared by economists for the National Bureau of Economic Research. About 38 percent of U.S. ho... Full Story

April 13, 2007
It's time for some financial spring cleaning - Now that April is here, you might decide to spruce up your home, both inside and out. But you also may want to do a little "spring cleaning" to help keep your financial house in order. What steps should you take to tidy up your financial situation? Actually, some of the moves are the same as those you'd use to reinvigorate your house and yard. Con... Full Story

March 9, 2007
How to choose a financial advisor - If you're like most people, you have a variety of financial goals: college for your children, a comfortable retirement, a vacation home and so on. You might be able to achieve all these goals on your own, but you will likely find it a lot easier if you get a little help from a financial advisor. But how do you choose the right one? For starters, a... Full Story

January 5, 2007
When investing, look past outlook for 2007 - It's time for all the financial experts to make their predictions for 2007. Some will say the stock market will keep rising over the next year, while others will claim the market will fall. How about interest rates, inflation, oil prices and any number of other factors? With very little effort, you can find conflicting opinions on all these subjec... Full Story

August 11, 2006
Diversify holdings before, after retirement - If you have been investing for even a little while, you have probably heard that it's a good idea to diversify your holdings. By spreading your investment dollars among a range of securities, you can help defend yourself against downturns that may largely affect one type of asset. For example, if you own only stocks, and the stock market is slumpi... Full Story

July 14, 2006
Unsettling times still offer opportunities for investors - If you remember 1973, you know it was a difficult period for the United States. A series of events, including the Watergate scandal, the OPEC oil embargo, the Vietnam War and the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, had shaken the public's morale. By November, President Richard Nixon's approval rating stood at 37 percent and presidential app... Full Story

June 23, 2006
Build retirement savings, but don't forget income - Are you between the ages of 55 and 64? If so, you belong to a peer group that is apparently quite concerned about saving for retirement, but not at all sure how to convert those savings into a steady income stream. If this describes your situation, you will need to take action to ensure that you have the financial resources available to enjoy the ... Full Story

May 19, 2006
Time to spring clean your portfolio - Now that we're well into May, you might look around your house and yard and decide it's time for a little spring cleaning if you're the sort of person who does that kind of thing. But even if you aren't, you can probably benefit from "sprucing up" another part of your life, your investment portfolio. Why? Because things change in your life, and wh... Full Story

February 16, 2006
You can contribute more to your retirement plan in 2006 - If you have a 401(k) plan, you have a great way to save for retirement. And, as of the first of the year, your 401(k) can get even better, because you can now contribute even more to it. The same is true of 457 (b) plans (if you work for a government agency) or 403(b) or 403(b) plans, if you work for a nonprofit group. Full Story


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