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Stock Ownership, Social Change

Submitted by David John Marotta and Megan Russell on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 9:00am

The philosophy called socially responsible investing claims that your investments should reflect your values. The most common implementation of SRI is to refuse to invest in certain companies because you disagree with one or all of their practices.

Hedge Funds? What For?

Submitted by Jeff Rose on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 9:00am

Despite their trailing the broad market lately, hedge funds continue to attract money. Why? Part of it may be snob appeal – they are reserved for upper-income folks. Yet they also are a good way to diversify your portfolio. And some actually do spectacularly well.

The Wall of Un-Worry

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:00am

Both the stock and bond markets remain volatile as investors climb the proverbial “wall of worry.” Don’t worry. While something horrible always could crop up, it’s better to focus on the strong underlying growth trend in the U.S. economy and the influence of easy money policies abroad.

Top 10 Investing Mistakes

Submitted by Eve Kaplan on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

Investing has never been more accessible, more necessary or filled with many booby traps. You can never guarantee complete success on Wall Street, but knowing a few common blunders can improve your odds.

The Case Against the S&P 500

Submitted by Nicholas Atkeson and Andrew Houghton on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 9:00am

U.S. bull markets tend to draw all eyes upon the S&P 500, somewhat like a moth is attracted to a flame. As the poor moth finds out, the pull of the Standard & Poor’s 500 can be damaging: The index doesn’t cover a lot of important stocks, and tech titan Apple has a disproportionate effect on this storied benchmark, distorting its performance.

Investing to Match Values

Submitted by Thuong Thien on Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:00pm

Does every company you invest with act in a way you support? Do you fund an oil company that shares your devotion to the environment? A retail chain in line with your political leanings? Here’s what to know to bring your investments in line with your beliefs.

Volatility: 6 Key Reminders

Submitted by Dan Crimmins on Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Market volatility is back. Just as you started to hope that stock values only ever move in one direction (up), the pendulum swung the other way. Your probable response: anxiety. Acting on that emotion, though, can do you and your portfolio more harm than good.

4 Ways to Handle Risk

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:00pm

Bad driving conditions often produce wrecks, but not every car on the road crashes in a snowstorm. With the exception of chronic worriers, most of us don’t ponder terrible events that could potentially happen. Such forethought, though, is precisely what risk management for your money involves – unexciting, yet vital for investing success.

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.