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Zap zombie funds within your portfolio

November 1, 2011

zombie index fundsDo you have zombie index funds within your portfolio?

Instead of eating up your brains, they devour your nest egg with high expenses and walking dead performance. They may be lurking within your 401(k)-type plan or individual retirement account.

What the Occupy Wall Street crowd should be saying

October 10, 2011

A demonstrator from the Occupy Wall Street campaign stands with a dollar taped over his mouth as he stands in Zucotti Park near the financial district of New York September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Are the thousands who have taken to the streets in the “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) protests a bunch of anarchistic slackers or do they have a point?

Stock bargains: 5 tips to protect against falling knives

September 9, 2011

For bargain-hunters, identifying stocks in this struggling market might seem like an easy layup. Some prominent companies are languishing in the 99-cent bin, trading at seemingly laughable price-earnings ratios.

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.

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.

How much stock should older investors hold?

August 18, 2011

Jim Dundee’s business is doing well — he’s an optician and owns his own retail optical store near Tampa, Florida. But Dundee started to get nervous about the economy and stock market a couple months ago.

Tempted to bail on stocks? Learn this lesson from 2008 data

August 18, 2011

Past performance is no guarantee of future results, as the saying goes. But a new Fidelity Investments analysis of what’s happened to retirement investors’ portfolios since the 2008-2009 market crash is worth considering if you’re tempted to pull money off the table during the market’s current volatility.

Is it time to jump back into stocks?

August 15, 2011

Should I stay or should I go?

This compelling theme, referring to stock investing and not the great Clash song, is like a little gnat buzzing in one’s ear.

Beaten down by market turmoil? The case for hedged mutual funds

August 11, 2011

The following is a guest post by Juliette Fairley. A frequent contributor to USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Bloomberg Wealth Manager and The New York Times, she is also the author of three personal finance and investing books. The opinions expressed are her own.

4 ways to hedge the market without playing whack-a-mole

August 10, 2011

Is the recent market upheaval the growling of a new, prolonged bear market or a tempest in a teapot?