Five ways to disaster-proof your finances

October 31, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While we can’t control nature or the ravages of climate change, there are things you can do to safeguard your financial future. True catastrophic coverage is comprehensive and protects more than your assets; it protects your well being in the future. In addition to reviewing all of your insurance policies to see what they cover and how much your out-of-pocket expenses will be, you need to do more to prepare for the future.

Happy-ish thoughts about investing in housing

October 26, 2012

By John Wasik

CHICAGO, Oct 26(Reuters) – While most of the recent news on
housing seems to indicate a modest turnaround – like yesterday’s
report that pending home sales rose but at a slower than
expected rate – you still have to be selective in how you
invest. A resurgence may not be a sustainable, nor will every
area benefit.

The tale of two gold funds

October 22, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Short of stockpiling bullion in your basement, an ETF is the most cost-effective vehicle for owning gold. But you cannot just pick any fund out of the available list of seven bullion-based funds and expect it to perfectly track the price of gold and offer the lowest expense ratio.9

Four ways to squeeze inflation risk from your portfolio

October 19, 2012

CHICAGO, Oct 19 (Reuters) – While inflation has been tame in
recent years, there are few forecasters who believe it will
remain so in the future.

Why you need to join an investment club

October 15, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – At a time of high-frequency robotic trading, market volatility and elephantine economic uncertainty, joining forces with your family and neighbors for an investment club might sound like a sucker’s game.

Master Limited Partnerships worth a look for high-yield seekers

October 12, 2012

CHICAGO, Oct 12 (Reuters) – There aren’t too many places
left to look for higher yields these days. The usual go-to
baskets of high-yield and foreign bonds, REITs and high-dividend
stocks are pretty well picked over.

How to get the best prices on ETFs

October 8, 2012

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Exchange-traded index funds are a bit like mobile phones — models offer an increasing array of features over time, while prices on even the plain-vanilla models keep falling.

You can count on new burst of infrastructure spending

October 1, 2012

CHICAGO, Oct 1 (Reuters) – As global economies from Beijing
to Berlin struggle to keep their heads above water, a new wave
of stimulus spending is under way. Given that infrastructure
spending is almost always a function of population growth -
which does not seem to be slowing down in emerging markets -
this is a potent trend if you are a long-term investor.