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Why Long-Term Is Hard

Submitted by Jason Lina on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 9:00am

Market turbulence, as the January downturn shows, tempts impatient investors to do foolish things. Trouble is, too many of us are hard-wired to opt for instant gratification and forsake long-term strategies – as the famous marshmallow experiment shows.

Focus on Just the S&P 500?

Submitted by Gary Brooks on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:00am

A conventional piece of investing advice is to put most of your money into broad market index funds, like the one tracking the Standard & Poor’s 500. But few people invest solely in the S&P 500 or solely in U.S. stocks.

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.

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.

Executive Pay: Funds AWOL

Submitted by Josh Patrick on Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:00am

Much of the investing public has its money tied up in mutual funds, trusting to their professional management. So wouldn’t it be nice to think that funds make sure companies they invest in don't overpay their executives? Too bad the funds largely look the other way.

Investing for Social Good

Submitted by Maureen Crimmins on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

Socially responsible investing considers both financial return and social good. This strategy gives you a chance to support the causes you care about, and adds diversification to your investment portfolio.

Hunters as Investors

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Friday, January 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

Shopping season blazed in full glory just a few weeks ago, the strategic plans of browsers and spenders playing out in packed aisles nationwide. You were probably in one of those aisles – and while drawing a bead on that perfect and marked-down gift, you also honed a skill to help your portfolio.

Why to Ignore the Dow

Submitted by Michael Garry on Monday, January 12, 2015 - 9:00am

As hard as it may be to believe, I recommend paying very little attention to how the big stock market indicators, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, are doing.

Volatility: The New Normal

Submitted by Scott Keller on Friday, January 2, 2015 - 9:00am

Up 100, down 150, up 70, up 80: Recently the stock market became increasingly volatile, exhibiting wild swings daily, if not hourly. When your nest egg’s tied to Wall Street, how can you get used to these whipsaws? More important, can you profit?