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Advice I would give my 25-year-old self

July 22, 2011

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

Gen”Why?”: Balancing your finances with boomerang kids

July 22, 2011

Fred Amrein has three children in their early 20s: the youngest lives in college dorms, the middle lives at home and the oldest — soon to be married — recently moved out.

3 more gloomy bargains: How much the debt deal will cost you

July 22, 2011

No matter what plan Washington concocts to reduce the deficit, it’s going to cost you something. “Shared sacrifice” is in vogue, but your pain will be bigger if you’re unfortunate enough to earn wages or need social benefits.

Traveling abroad or taking a cruise? Avoid huge roaming charges

July 22, 2011

If you’re about to take a trip overseas or going on a cruise and just can’t leave home without your trusty phone (smart or otherwise) or your laptop, there are a few things you should know to avoid bill shock went you get home.

5 ways a big deficit deal will whack your retirement

July 21, 2011

If Washington strikes a big deal on deficit reduction to avoid debt default, it’s going to be bad news all around for older Americans.

How Americans buy gold and precious metals on eBay

July 21, 2011

Looking to stock up on gold bullion as gold prices soar to all-time highs? Plenty of Americans are turning to eBay’s Gold and Silver outpost. The company says sales of gold bullion have increased more than 60 percent from 2007 through 2010.

How to avoid an inheritance battle

July 21, 2011

We’ve all read about huge family fortunes squandered in legal battles between siblings after the patriarch or matriarch dies. While most of us wouldn’t make national headlines regarding our estate planning matters, the pain and destruction of inheritance feuds can  be minimized if not totally avoided.

6 Barbie Dream House additions you’ll want for yourself

July 21, 2011

Over the years, she’s been a surgeon, paratrooper, ambassador for world peace and of course a princess. But after more than 125 career changes and regardless of whether Ken wants to settle down, Barbie’s got a new title: smart dream homeowner.

Duties for independent mutual fund directors piling up

July 20, 2011

The people whose job it is to protect shareholders’ investments in mutual funds nowadays — members of fund boards of directors — not only may be called on to do more things than any time since the Investment Company Act of 1940 created their positions; but they also have more power than ever before when dealing with the managements whom they oversee.

Tax, market conditions ideal for gifting a home

July 20, 2011

When Alice (who asked that her real name not be used) and her husband bought their vacation home 1983, they knew it was special: a 4,500 square foot beachfront house in the Crystal River, Florida area, with views of the sunrise, the sunset and the Gulf of Mexico.