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  • Giving the gift of education

    With the holiday season in full swing, many grandparents and other relatives are wondering how to make gifts earmarked for education. There are a myriad of options, and selecting the best one for your family depends on your circumstances. Section 529...
  • The winners and losers of 2012

    Between the presidential election, Washington gridlock over the fiscal cliff and plenty of market gyrations in between, 2012 was a long year. Here are the year's financial winners and losers, as I see them: Winners Diversified investors: Once again, the...
  • Lessons from Detroit

    On July 18, Detroit filed for Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy protection. At over $18 billion in liabilities, it is the country's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy case. Although there have been rampant accusations of financial mismanagement and...
  • Bonds away! How to protect against rising interest rates

    When investors look back at the spring of 2013, they may say it was the moment when the bond market finally shifted and a new trend of higher interest rates emerged. It appears that the long-awaited reversal of the bond market has begun. In early May, the...
  • Ryan's hope

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is looking beyond Friday and the beginning of the sequestration. In an interview I conducted with him on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Ryan told me he believes a majority of Americans will come to understand how...
  • Investing: Earn 4 percent to 6 percent on your money

    To get more yield, you generally have to take on more risk. But in the case of dividend-paying stocks, that may not always be the case. Some high-yielders, such as AT&T (symbol T; recent price, $38; yield, 4.7 percent), Verizon Communications (VZ; $50; 4....
  • Key to successful investing: Identifying relevant risks

    Very few individual investors do as well as market indexes on a long-term basis. One major reason is that they fail to develop long-range plans, instead creating portfolios that require frequent major changes, which incur expenses and taxes. If you are...
  • Gold is a hedge, not a substitute for a diversified portfolio

    In times of great volatility in the stock and bond markets, interest spikes in commodities such as gold. Indeed, ever since the global economic turmoil began more than four years ago, gold has had quite a run. As of December 7, the year-to-date return was...
  • What you need to know about hedge funds

    Do hedge funds belong in your portfolio? I have long preached that investors buy no-load, low-cost index funds. So why write about hedge funds? For one thing, "hedge fund" is one of those terms one comes across constantly in the media. If you've never...
  • Financial literacy means financial security

    A theme I have discussed in past columns is the need for improved financial literacy. Those who lack a sound understanding of personal finance principles will likely fail to make the right decisions about saving, investing, minimizing expenses, securing...
  • Finding lost savings bonds and other unclaimed property

    According to the Department of the Treasury, 25,000 payments are returned to it every year as undeliverable. In addition, billions of dollars in savings bonds have stopped earning interest but haven't been cashed. Many bonds have been lost, stolen or...