Personal Finance

More portfolio pitfalls to avoid

February 11, 2014 |

In a prior post, I covered three common portfolio errors that might derail you from achieving your financial goals. The first was arguably the most common: innocently neglecting your portfolio to later find that your holdings are no longer …

retirement

Pension troubles highlight challenges

 

The City of Detroit’s recent bankruptcy filing has raised questions about whether the city’s pension fund will be able to make good on its promises to workers. Detroit’s downfall has cast light on other public pension systems facing troubles, including …

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economy

The Fed’s “great escape”

In the great inspirational movie The Shawshank Redemption, Tim Robbins plays Andy Dufresne, a man facing seemingly impossible odds: Wrongly imprisoned for life, former banker Andy has only the books in the paltry prison library, his love of carving …

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investing

A Philadelphia Story

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, gathered in Philadelphia, to adopt the Declaration of Independence. Two hundred years later, some 20 miles west of Independence Hall, in a nondescript office park near Washington’s Valley Forge headquarters, John C. …

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personal finance

Sudden wealth syndrome: Tips for avoiding potential pitfalls

Most of us are used to earning a salary and building retirement savings gradually, over time. It is a deliberate and steady process. Sudden wealth, on the other hand, means receiving more money than you’re used to being responsible …

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investing

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

If there was ever a person who appreciated the intricacy of the world around us, it would have to be Leonardo da Vinci. His fascination with complex systems from human anatomy to the mechanical world led him to some fascinating …

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personal finance

8 tips for starting an emergency fund

A few months ago, my husband and I experienced debit card fraud. Reviewing our bank account online, I noticed a series of strange ATM withdrawals that we didn’t make. The withdrawals were substantial, adding up to a few thousand dollars. …

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personal finance

Get smart

Please tell me whether this statement is true. Buying a single company’s stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.

a) True.
b) False.
c) Don’t know.
d) Refuse to answer.

The answer, of course, is b. …

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personal finance

Investment mistakes your neighbors won’t tell you about

People don’t often share their investment mistakes. Can you recall the last time a friend or colleague mentioned how inept they are at managing their investments? First, most polite people have been raised not to openly discuss their finances. Second, …

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investing

A pat on the back

I believe that, as investors, we all deserve some applause. The past six years have been trying and volatile. In this very challenging environment, it hasn’t been easy to stick to your asset allocation or portfolio decisions. Vanguard has tried …

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