Gold crash: What could trigger the inevitable

May 30, 2011

Before you sell that last piece of jewelry, keep in mind that the gold price will not go up indefinitely. There are number of reasons why it might crash.

Why more investor protection is needed, not less

May 27, 2011

Government isn’t the enemy when it comes to investor protection. Less is not more.

Why are credit scores such a mystery?

May 23, 2011

Do you know how your credit score is calculated?

Most people don’t because it’s a trade secret, and the private firms that collect credit data are poorly regulated. You have better chance of reading classified U.S. State Department cables on Wikileaks.

Is real estate for suckers?

May 20, 2011

Are you a dope for buying a home in the U.S. right now?

If you need and want one, there’s no harm in that. Yet if you think it’s an investment that will actually appreciate, you’re taking a sucker’s bet.

How safe are your savings?

May 17, 2011

Let’s say a broker or banker offered you a way of reaping market gains while protecting your principal. You’d jump at it, wouldn’t you?

How to invest for long-term inflation

May 13, 2011

It’s no secret that food and energy prices are volatile and rising of late. Yet what’s missing from the latest inflation hand-wringing is what’s down the road. Some commodities are becoming scarcer and that will drive long-term inflation.

Family finances for a fairytale romance

May 9, 2011

When the honeymoon’s over, the hard work begins. Talking about money isn’t romantic, but it’s a great ongoing topic that may ensure a long marriage.

Why the bin Laden bounce went “boing”

May 6, 2011

Stocks rallied today on surprisingly strong payroll data — but what happened to the exuberant post-bin Laden rally that was supposed to ignite financial markets five days ago? Following the May 1 shooting of Osama bin Laden, the markets rose, then shrugged for the rest of the week until employment data buoyed Wall Street today.

The next great threat: 5 ways to battle inflation

May 2, 2011

As the U.S. deals with one pernicious threat, another one looms: Inflation.

Consumer prices, led by food and energy increases, are the highest they’ve been in two and a half years.