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Mar 9, 2012

LIPPER: These small funds are big performers

NEW YORK, March 9 (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.

Mar 8, 2012

Why online security is taxing our brains

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nathan Acosta is feeling a little overwhelmed.

The 24-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, who works for a financial services firm, is trying his best to keep up with all the passwords and security questions he has to juggle, just to log onto his personal accounts. But sometimes it feels like a losing battle.

It’s a battle millions of consumers can identify with. For a while it was just your mother’s maiden name, then your first pet, the street you grew up on or the make and model of your first car. As passwords and security questions multiply, so does the potential for things to go wrong, possibly locking you out of your own life.

Mar 8, 2012

YOUR MONEY: Why online security is taxing our brains

NEW YORK, March 8 (Reuters) – Nathan Acosta is feeling
a little overwhelmed.

The 24-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, who works for
a financial services firm, is trying his best to keep up with
all the passwords and security questions he has to juggle, just
to log onto his personal accounts. But sometimes it feels like a
losing battle.

Mar 5, 2012

Why have Americans forgotten the IRA?

By Chris Taylor

(Reuters) – Sam Lazarus would love nothing more than to save money in his individual retirement account.

The 41-year-old is co-owner of a ServiceMaster franchise in Wichita, Kansas, providing household cleaning and restoration services. But ever since 2009, when the Great Recession began to really hit families hard, the phone has been ringing less.

Mar 5, 2012

YOUR MONEY: Why have Americans forgotten the IRA?

March 5 (Reuters) – Sam Lazarus would love nothing
more than to save money in his individual retirement account.

The 41-year-old is co-owner of a ServiceMaster franchise in
Wichita, Kansas, providing household cleaning and restoration
services. But ever since 2009, when the Great Recession began to
really hit families hard, the phone has been ringing less.

Feb 16, 2012

Could Twitter predict the stock market?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Richard Peterson first started meeting with hedge funds about eight years ago to pitch using social media to predict market movement, investment managers looked at him as if he had just arrived from outer space.

Back then, what he was pitching them seemed pretty insane. Peterson, managing director of Santa Monica-based MarketPsych, said that social media can be mined for data about what people are thinking and feeling. And that, in turn, could translate into powerful investment ideas.

Feb 16, 2012

COLUMN/PERSONAL-FINANCE: Could Twitter predict the stock market?

NEW YORK, Feb 16 (Reuters) – When Richard Peterson
first started meeting with hedge funds about eight years ago to
pitch using social media to predict market movement, investment
managers looked at him as if he had just arrived from outer
space.

Back then, what he was pitching them seemed pretty insane.
Peterson, managing director of Santa Monica-based MarketPsych,
said that social media can be mined for data about what people
are thinking and feeling. And that, in turn, could translate
into powerful investment ideas.

Feb 15, 2012

Study abroad? Why American students head north

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Carson Ross had a financial dilemma on her hands.

When the New Yorker weighed her college options back in 2009, she could have picked destinations like Tufts in Boston or Washington University in St. Louis, and racked up what she estimated would be over $40,000 a year in tuition and fees.

Or she could take a more dramatic step, and head north to Canada for her education. And that’s exactly what she did.

Feb 10, 2012

Should employees own more company stock or less?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – If you’re a high-ranking executive like Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, company stock is your best friend. He received a reported $375 million in restricted stock for 2011, one of the largest pay packages on record.

If you’re one of the 99 percent, though, company stock will likely be playing less of a role in your financial future in years to come. That’s because many firms are trimming back on broader-based equity ownership programs, such as employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) or including company stock as a 401(k) investment option.

Feb 10, 2012

PERSONAL FINANCE: Should employees own more company stock or less?

NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Reuters) – If you’re a high-ranking
executive like Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, company stock is your
best friend. He received a reported $375 million in restricted
stock for 2011, one of the largest pay packages on record.

If you’re one of the 99 percent, though, company stock will
likely be playing less of a role in your financial future in
years to come. That’s because many firms are trimming back on
broader-based equity ownership programs, such as employee stock
purchase plans (ESPPs) or including company stock as a 401(k)
investment option.

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      "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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