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Most savers are tearing their hair out over low yields on savings accounts and certificates of deposit. But maybe things aren’t as bad as they seem, despite the persistently low inflation rate. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Aug. 11
By: Brian O'Connell
The Federal Reserve says the economy’s weakening. That isn’t good news for bank rate investors. Tuesday, the Fed’s Open Market Committee announced that it would keep its key federal funds interest rate at 0% to 0.25% — a signal the economic recovery is still on hold. The Fed will also start buying up government bonds in an effort to ease credit rates on corporate loans, a move that would hopefully spur borrowing and spending. Read more»
Many mutual fund investors believe that minimizing expense ratios and other fees is the key to success. Read more»
Students at Louisiana State University get a nice perk the first day they step onto campus — an on-site student credit union. Having a college-run bank on campus not only helps new students obtain local help in managing their money, but there’s potential to snag some great deals, too. Read more»
People who favor index-style mutual funds and exchange-traded funds wage a holy war on fees, arguing that the more you pay in expense ratios and other fees, the more it undermines your returns. Both are correct. Read more»
Unless you’re fabulously wealthy, retirement planning is a tightrope walk between two risks. Take too many gambles and you risk a big loss on the eve of retiring. Invest too conservatively and your money might not be there to grow old with you. Read more»
The Financial Reform Act, more formally known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173), has its share of supporters and critics. But not everyone’s crying in their beer over the legislation; 9,000 or so Americans made out like bandits on a unique provision in the act. Read more»
It doesn’t come as a tremendous surprise, but a new study by Prudential Financial finds that most women have no long-term financial plan. Of course, many experts say men are lagging in planning, too. Read more»
For years, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts have offered a relatively hassle-free alternative to state sponsored 529 plans. But come 2011 Coverdells will lose some of their luster, and some families may want to spend their Coverdell savings quickly or shift them to a 529. Read more»
Dealing With a Bad 401(k)
By: Jeff Brown
What should you do if your company’s 401(k) plan is no good? Well, let’s back up. How do you know whether it’s good or bad? Generally, a good plan offers a wide variety of investments with low fees and a healthy company match. Let’s take them one by one. Investments Read more»
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