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Falling Prices: the Downside

Submitted by Brenda P. Wenning on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 9:00am

Falling prices are a good thing for the cash-strapped American consumer, whose income on average has fallen to where it was in 1994, as we’ve reported. But behind every silver lining, there’s a black cloud. We are risking a plunge into the abyss known as deflation.

Diversification: Now Harder

Submitted by Stephen Giulietti on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 9:00am

We hear all the time that spreading our portfolio’s holdings across many classes of assets is the best defense against losses when the bears hit Wall Street. There’s a good chance your diversification strategy may now not work as you intended, though.

Is Soros’ Bet on Gross Smart?

Submitted by Phillip Shrotman on Friday, January 30, 2015 - 9:00am

When a financial genius invests in you, that’s usually a good sign. This seemed to be the case recently when George Soros invested $500 million with Bill Gross at the latter’s new firm. The Soros money went into a separate account that follows Gross’ new Janus Global Unconstrained fund.

Real Estate’s Bum Rap

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Friday, January 23, 2015 - 9:00am

What’s the best way to hold commercial real estate in a retirement portfolio? For many investors, the answer seems to be “not at all.” The reason is that real estate investments have burned people in the past and that stocks get more attention. That’s too bad.

Market Correction: 5 Moves

Submitted by Roger Wohlner on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 3:00pm

Despite a good 2014, the stock market went through some tough days. At one point in October the Standard & Poor’s 500 was down about 8% from its all-time high reached just a month before, then a few weeks later rebounded to set records.

How Mergers Can Hurt You

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 9:00am

If someone wants to buy a company you own stock in, do you break out the champagne? Not necessarily. Given today’s burgeoning mergers and acquisitions, investors should approach M&A news with caution. Too many go wrong lately, punishing share prices and investors.

Picking Benchmarks Wisely

Submitted by Joe Pitzl on Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Maybe your family just wrapped up its holiday tradition of big gatherings where grandma headed the fireside sing-along or everyone got a year’s wisdom from your goofy brother-in-law. Maybe too you seethed silently at how well one relative is doing financially. As the holidays fade, we all must recognize our unrelenting desire to compare ourselves to loved ones – a path to both bad moods and potentially bad money moves.