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Getting Kids to Invest Early

Submitted by Trent E. May on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

We pass many lessons on to our kids, from teaching them how to ride a bike to helping them deal with pressures at school. Yet we rarely discuss one of the best bits of lifelong wisdom: the importance of investing early and often.

Bull Market: More to Run

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 9:00am

For the past three months, the Standard & Poor’s 500 has churned sideways. Is that a bad portent? Not at all. The outlook is for higher prices, if you look at three indicators: the relationship between inflation and market value (known as the Rule of 20), the S&P 500’s earnings/price yield and energetic merger activity.

Freedom Investing Success

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 3:00pm

The link between economic freedom and prosperity is a well-documented reality. This means that, when diversifying your portfolio with foreign holdings, you should look to the world’s freest economies.

Using the Dollar Index

Submitted by David John Marotta on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

You’ve probably heard in the news that the dollar is stronger. But how much? A handy index tells you. If your business is involved in imports or exports, or if you invest in foreign securities or international mutual funds, it pays to know how to work with this index.

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.