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Calculating the Cost of College with Quicken 2004

Ouch. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Millions of other parents are experiencing the same pain in their chest at the thought of financing a college education for their sons and daughters [more…]

Distinguishing between Styles of Precious Metals Investing

Before you start investing or trading in precious metals, you need to understand the concepts of saving, investing, trading, and speculating; otherwise, the financial pitfalls could be very great. The [more…]

Calculating the Value of Everything You Own for Estate Planning

Before you can plan how to distribute your assets after your death, you need to understand what your estate is. In the most casual sense, your estate is your stuff or all your possessions. In addition [more…]

Go Car Shopping with Your Loan Options in Order

Shopping for car financing in advance can mean a better car loan. Compare the Annual Percentage Rates (APRs) of different loans. If all other things are equal, the car loan with the lowest APR is the best [more…]

Investment Strategy: Stagger Your Entry to Limit Your Risk

Say you want to get involved in the stock market and you open a stock brokerage account. Say your initial investment is $20,000; what will you do? Many investors will probably invest all or most of it [more…]

Furnishing Your Second Home

When furnishing your second home, don't hastily spend thousands of dollars on items that you may not need. You have the luxury of time when outfitting your second home. [more…]

Assessing Risks and Returns from Short Selling and Leverage

Leverage introduces risk to your day trading, and that can give you greatly increased returns. Most day traders use leverage, at least part of the time, in order to make their trading activities pay off [more…]

Purchase Future College Education with Section 529 Prepaid Tuition Plans

Prepaid tuition plans allow you to purchase future college tuition at current costs. The plans can be administered by a specific state or by an institution. The amount of money you put into your prepaid [more…]

What Students Qualify for Coverdell College Savings Plans?

In a major departure from the Section 529 definition of “qualifying students,” Coverdell qualifying students consist of almost anyone who’s studying anything. You can use distributions from your Coverdell [more…]

Prioritize Repayment of Your Unsecured Debts

Not paying unsecured debts can result in loss of assets. If you cut your budget to the bare bones and still can’t pay all your debts and living expenses, you have to decide what you will pay. Unsecured [more…]

Emotional Risks in an Uncertain Economy

In an uncertain economy, the biggest threat to your financial freedom may be you. When the market went through its painful three-year downturn beginning in 2000, many investors decided to run for the exits [more…]

Assessing Investment Risk in a Coverdell Education Savings Account

Whether you’re investing in stocks or bonds in your Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA), an element of risk is involved. Here are some points to keep in mind when pondering the level or risk to take [more…]

Get to Know Types of Credit

All credit is not created equal. There are many forms of credit available, and getting familiar with credit types can help you become a better credit consumer. [more…]

529 College Savings Plan Options to Fund Secondary Education

Not all Section 529 college savings plans are alike. Some 529 plans allow only residents of their states to participate, while others open their plans up to everyone. There’s an even larger difference [more…]

Understanding the Difference between a Correction and a Bear Market

In the summer of 2006, precious metals, energy, and other commodities experienced a correction, or a temporary pull-back in their prices. Gee, why say correction? It sure as heck doesn't feel correct [more…]

Facing Age Discrimination in Your Job Search after Retirement

Don't be surprised if you recognize signs of age discrimination as you look for work after you've retired. You do have protections under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act [more…]

Why Retirees May Want — or Need — to Work

Many newly retired people find they must face a difficult truth — their retirement nest egg just won't go as far as they thought it would, especially with healthcare costs rising twice as fast as incomes [more…]

How Management Can Cause a Commercial Real Estate Investment to Fail

When you begin your quest for acquiring a commercial property, try to "lead" with a professional property management company — find reputable property management for the type of asset that you're pursuing [more…]

How to Read Candlesticks for Investment Price Charting

In technical analysis for investment trading, candlestick charting displays the price bar in a graphically different way from standard bars. Candlesticks do many other things, as well, such as [more…]

Traditional Investments: Stocks and Bonds

As an investor, you have a variety of options to choose from, including stocks and bonds. The investment you select depends on your financial goals, your investment preferences, and your tolerance for [more…]

Traditional Investments: Mutual Funds, Exchange-Traded Funds, and Annuities

In addition to stocks and bonds, you can choose from a range of traditional investment vehicles, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and annuities. Which you choose depends on your financial [more…]

High-End Investments: Futures, Options, and Commodities

If you want to try your hand at high-end investment, you might think about futures, options, and commodities. In some ways, higher-end investments aren’t much different than traditional investments: You [more…]

High-End Investments: Foreign Currency Trading and Hedge Funds

You can put your money in high-end investment vehicles, such as foreign currency trading (or forex) and hedge funds. High-end investing involves not so much investing [more…]

How to Use the SEC as an Investing Resource

Long before you invest your first dollar, get to know the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC exists primarily to protect investors from fraud and other unlawful activity designed to fleece [more…]

What Does an Investment Broker Do?

Many investment options require that you negotiate your trades or buy and sell through a broker. A broker is essentially an intermediary between you and the investing world. Brokers can be organizations [more…]


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