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Utility stocks that can plug you into yields instead of losses

September 6, 2011

Students, walking to school, are dwarfed by power towers in Pickering east of Toronto December 12, 2000. REUTERS

After trailing the market in 2009 and 2010, utilities have emerged as its leading sector, and a number of analysts believe they are on track to maintain that position for at least the rest of 2011.

Where is the real U.S. jobs plan?

September 2, 2011

Jobs, justice and peace. Have three themes ever been so intimately intertwined since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., championed this tri-partite campaign in his 1967 March on Washington?

Millionaires in favor of raising their own taxes remain hopeful

September 1, 2011

Though you could argue that any time’s a good time to be rich, perhaps many of the millionaires who support Wealth for the Common Good have grown weary of eating humble pie with those silver spoons.

The best credit cards to get travel rewards

September 1, 2011

If you want to turn your credit card spending into free flights and hotel stays, it pays to do some homework. Not all cards are created equal.

5 easy pieces of Social Security advice, information and trivia

August 31, 2011

Why has Congress raised the Social Security full retirement age but not the early age? Why don’t we fix Social Security’s finances by cutting administrative overhead? Why do Social Security numbers have nine numbers and what do the numbers mean? Who got the first Social Security card?

Back-to-school is about backpacks, lunchboxes and money skills

August 31, 2011

The following is a guest piece by Dan Greenshields, CFA, and President of ING DIRECT Investing, a subsidiary of ING Bank, fsb. The opinions expressed are his own.

ID theft protection services are not one-size-fits-all

August 30, 2011

With an unprecedented string of major data breaches this spring from Sony to Citi and many in between, identity theft protection services have a greater import than ever before. Data-theft victims have a far higher likelihood of being a victim of identity theft than do those whose data was not taken.

Scam artists abound after Irene: How to keep your money dry

August 30, 2011

There is something about disasters that brings out the best in people — and the worst. Along with the Red Cross and National Guard, scam artists mobilize, too. They see opportunity in people’s misfortune.

Stock market troubles test college parents with fall tuition due

August 30, 2011

At 44, Mark Dinos is smart and successful, the kind of lawyer you want on your side if you’re in an insurance-related legal case. But the Chicago attorney gives himself less-than-high grades for how he prepared financially for his daughter’s college education; she starts at Northwestern University just days from now.

Beat high-frequency trading machines by not playing their game

August 29, 2011

The days of you trying to make a buck actively trading in the stock market are over.