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Employees Can Now Sue Over 401(k) Accounts – Is This a Good Thing?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

From Financial Planning Magazine’s website comes this little news story: Employees can now sue over mismanagement of their 401(k) accounts to recover their losses after the Supreme Court reversed a ruling on Feb. 21 the lower courts made more than 20 years ago. In the unanimous opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that the landscape […]

Retirement Planning & Taxes: New Questions

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Tax diversity has become a more common discussion among personal finance experts in recent years. This is due not only to the plethora of tax-free, tax-advantaged, and taxable investment options that people have today, but also to the uncertainty of our future tax system.

New Retirement Income Solutions

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Good morning. I’ll be out most of the morning but I wanted to go ahead and give you something interesting to read (emphasis mine): The financial services industry has recently introduced new mutual funds that create income streams for retirees. While they’re not intended to be the sole solution for any given retiree, the funds […]

Kiplinger’s Simple Long-Term Portfolio

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I was thumbing through Kiplinger’s Mutual Funds 2008 and saw their model portfolio for long-term investors. They define long-term as 10 or more years away. This is an all-stock portfolio: Kiplinger’s Long-Term Portfolio(Using Vanguard Funds) 35% Large-Cap Domestic Stocks Vanguard 500 Index (VFINX) 25% Small-Cap Domestic Stocks Vanguard Small-Cap (NAESX) 25% Large-Cap International Stocks Vanguard […]

Humor: Some “Expert” Advice

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I received the following email from a PR person for a personal finance expert I had never heard of before. Here’s the email (I’m leaving off the “expert’s” name because I don’t want to embarrass him): Personal finance expert A. K. suggests putting as much as you can into your retirement plan. K., who is […]

The Ten Worst Days in S&P History

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

The other day when I was working on my posts about investing on the wrong day, I looked for information on the 10 worst days in the S&P’s history. I couldn’t find the information I was looking for so I sent an email to Standard & Poor’s and asked them. They were very helpful and […]

What is “Stagflation?”

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Today’s Wall Street Journal featured a front-page article about stagflation fears ($). From the article: The U.S. faces an unwelcome combination of looming recession and persistent inflation that is reviving angst about stagflation, a condition not seen since the 1970s. Inflation is rising. Yesterday the Labor Department said consumer prices in the U.S. jumped 0.4% […]

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