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Picking Mutual Funds: Index Funds

Recently, we looked at bond funds and managed stock funds. We saved the best for last, being of course index funds. The best way to understand what index funds are all about is to take a closer look at the alternative: actively managed stock funds. What exactly does “actively managed” mean? BigMoney wants you to […]

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Stock funds

Okay, you survived the April Fools scare last week. Cheap innocent fun, if you ask me… unlike picking mutual funds for either your 401(k) or pretax investments. Last time, we looked at bond funds; this week we’ll look at stock funds. It’s important to note in passing that bond funds, even during this time of […]

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How Can You Respond To The Interest Rate Hike?

You may or may not have read that Janet Yellen (Federal Reserve chair) surprised the world by announcing a stunning 1% interest rate hike last night, after the market closed. We’ll get back to the mutual fund mini-series, but a rate change of this magnitude has always tanked the stock market in previous years, so I stayed up […]

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How Do You Pick A Mutual Fund – Bond Fund Edition

So, a good friend invites you out to a Russian restaurant. You’ve never been to one before, but after watching the Sochi Olympics, you figure, well, the people seem healthy enough over there, so how bad can it be? You’re the responsible sort (the kind that reads Bite the Bullet Investing) so you’re not going […]

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Which Of These Off Wall Street Investments Appeal To You?

In New York, Broadway is the big leagues for stage plays. All the other plays are called “off-Broadway.” Well, since Wall Street is another street in New York, so why not call the investments that bypass what we commonly call Wall Street the Off Wall Street investments? Why not, indeed? Here’s a list with some pros […]

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