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Schwab plan points toward a changing 401(k) market

June 10, 2011

Charles Schwab has long been a leader in low-cost retail investing. Now, it’s gearing up for a run at the 401(k) market by hitching its wagon to two ideas whose time may have come: low-cost passive investing and investment advice for plan participants.

Prenup: 5 ways to protect your assets and your marriage

June 8, 2011

Safeguarding against the end of a marriage, before it even begins, certainly isn’t romantic. But for wealthy families or those with substantial assets, prenuptial agreements are fast becoming as standard as the purchase of a white wedding dress.

DIY investing gets more sophisticated

June 8, 2011

A number of relatively new websites are offering self-directed investors some pretty high-end portfolio management for small amounts of money, and that’s good for do-it-yourself investors.

Self-employed? When to graduate from sole proprietorship

June 8, 2011

When Darin Edmonds started Waterproofing Solutions, Inc. earlier this year he knew making a go of it wouldn’t be easy in a struggling economy. But he was determined to get things off on the right foot, and to him part of doing that was putting a wall between his personal and business assets by setting up a Subchapter S Corporation.

Groupon regret: How great deals make you spend more

June 7, 2011

Justine Rivero considers herself a bonafide personal-finance expert. She’s an adviser at the credit-tracking website Credit Karma, doling out tips on how to control spending, avoid crippling debt and keep your credit record pristine.

Even “healthy” food can make you sick

June 7, 2011

Even those who zealously eat healthy food or are partial to the finer things aren’t immune from the dangers of food poisoning.

“Locavesting”: Capitalism for Main Street

June 7, 2011

You’ve heard of eating local and shopping local —  now a new book urges you to take the same approach to your portfolio.  Locavesting: The revolution in local investing and how to profit from it guides readers through the idea that investing in local businesses, instead of faceless conglomerates, can not only benefit your local economy, it can boost your bottom line, too.

Communities not keeping pace with graying home owners

June 6, 2011

A report issued today on the nation’s housing market is full of all-too-familiar news on the state of America’s housing industry. But one statistic from The State of the Nation’s Housing stands out: home owners are going  gray.

Is college worth the investment?

June 6, 2011

Is a college education worth it?  In the free market of ideas, maybe. In a labor market that can’t be sustained by wage growth or job creation, probably not. Another bubble may be bursting.

How to generate retirement income the TIAA-CREF way

June 3, 2011

How to generate reliable income in retirement? It’s becoming the new holy grail for the financial services industry in the wake of the 2008 crash.