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Apr 4, 2012

YOUR MONEY: Helping your kids buy a house

CHICAGO, April 4 (Reuters) – For young would-be homebuyers,
this really is the best of times and the worst of times.

After the brutal housing bust, homes are more affordable now
than they have been in more than four decades, according to the
National Association of Realtors. Home prices have sunk to 2002
levels, and interest rates hover near historic lows – below 4
percent for 30-year fixed-rate loans.

Mar 28, 2012

Dangerous magic in your retirement plan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Don’t look now, but your retirement savings plan may not be as ironclad as you think. It may even include some magical thinking.

That’s because every retirement calculator features an “annual rate of return” that savers typically are asked to plug in for themselves. And the hard truth is, no one really knows how well their investments will perform in the future — and that makes all our detailed retirement calculations seem kind of futile.

Mar 26, 2012

Why bother with target-date funds?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If you are invested in a target-date retirement fund, wealth manager Leonard Raskin has a little message for you: It’s time to reconsider.

As far as he’s concerned, target-date funds are just a marketing gimmick. “You could buy the S&P 500, or even a bond fund, and do way better – and you’re paying far more in fees,” said Raskin, a financial planner with Raskin Global in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Mar 26, 2012

YOUR MONEY: Why bother with target-date funds?

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – If you are invested in a
target-date retirement fund, wealth manager Leonard Raskin has a
little message for you: It’s time to reconsider.

As far as he’s concerned, target-date funds are just a
marketing gimmick. “You could buy the S&P 500, or even a bond
fund, and do way better – and you’re paying far more in fees,”
said Raskin, a financial planner with Raskin Global in Hunt
Valley, Maryland.

Mar 16, 2012

Corrected: Brain drain reverses course, flows away from America

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Derek Capo was living the high life. He was in his early 20s, an analyst at hedge fund Everest Capital monitoring international equities, and soaking up the weather and nightlife of his hometown of Miami.

But looking ahead, as he’d been trained to do, Capo didn’t like what he saw. The housing bust was starting to strangle the Florida economy, the stock market was looking increasingly erratic and he didn’t want to pursue a pricey MBA in the middle of an economic crisis.

Mar 13, 2012

Why investors still fear stocks

By Chris Taylor

(Reuters) – By all accounts, investors have enjoyed a terrific start to 2012. Stocks had their best January in 15 years, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average raced to multi-year highs, topping 13,000 at the end of February.

So what do mom-and-pop investors think of the equity rally? They’re not buying it. Literally.

Mar 13, 2012

YOUR MONEY: Why investors still fear stocks

March 13 (Reuters) – By all accounts, investors have
enjoyed a terrific start to 2012. Stocks had their best January
in 15 years, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average raced to
multi-year highs, topping 13,000 at the end of February.

So what do mom-and-pop investors think of the equity rally?
They’re not buying it. Literally.

Mar 12, 2012

Value, growth duke it out for supremacy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s a debate as old as iconic investor Ben Graham himself: Are you a value investor, attracted to stocks that have been unfairly overlooked and are selling at a bargain? Or are you a growth investor, willing to pay a healthy price to ride the momentum of a hot business?

Here’s a little secret, according to Lipper’s winning fund shops: Growth versus value isn’t always an either/or proposition.

Mar 12, 2012

LIPPER: Value, growth duke it out for supremacy

NEW YORK, March 12 (Reuters) – It’s a debate as old as
iconic investor Ben Graham himself: Are you a value investor,
attracted to stocks that have been unfairly overlooked and are
selling at a bargain? Or are you a growth investor, willing to
pay a healthy price to ride the momentum of a hot business?

Here’s a little secret, according to Lipper’s winning fund
shops: Growth versus value isn’t always an either/or
proposition.

Mar 9, 2012

These small funds are big performers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It would be natural for a small-firm portfolio manager like George Davis to feel a little intimidated by the likes of the Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments.

To those industry titans the $16 billion under management at his Los Angeles-based firm, Hotchkis & Wiley, is spare change they might find in their couch cushions.

    • About Chris

      "Chris Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer in New York City. A former senior writer with SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal's personal-finance magazine, he has been published in the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNBC.com, Fortune, Money, and more. He has won journalism awards from the National Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. The opinions expressed are his own."
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