Tax Planning

Frequently Overlooked Tax Deductions for 2020

The new tax law contains a lot of changes to deductions. Here’s what you need to know.

Tax Planning

How You Invest in Gold and Silver Will Affect Your Taxes

As gold and silver prices have soared, your tax bite can vary a lot depending on whether you invest in coins, ETFs or mining stocks. Here’s how to choose.

Foreign Investing

Buffett’s Betting on Japan. Should You?

There are big opportunities for small investors in the beaten down Japanese stock market, as evidenced by Warren Buffett’s multibillion-dollar investment.


With “SPACs,” Now You Can Invest In Companies Before They Go Public

This alternative to an IPO called a SPAC enables small investors to invest early in an electric-truck maker, a space tourism business and more…and a lot more opportunities are on...


Stocks Benefit From Cancer-Test Breakthroughs

Genetic blood testing is a $6 billion market destined to grow to $50 billion.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Beware Private-Equity in Your 401(k)

Private-equity investments may sound tempting but can have hidden drawbacks.

Tax Planning

Smart Strategies for 2020 Year-End Tax Planning

Big developments ranging from the pandemic and recession to new retirement plan rules could affect your taxes for this year.

Foreign Investing

Why These Foreign-Stock Funds Could Outshine US Funds

Bottom Line Personal asked stock-fund experts Janet M. Brown and Neena Mishra, CFA, why foreign stocks provide big opportunities now and which are the best mutual funds and exchang...


Toxic Stocks: These Beaten-Down Companies May Never Recover

Some major companies will never fully recover from the pandemic plunge, making them “toxic stocks” that should be shunned.

Medical Expenses

7 Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Beyond generics and samples from your doctor or drug manufacturer…seven ways to save money on prescription medications.


You Can Buy Fractions of a Stock as a Gift

More than half-a-dozen brokerages let you buy slices of a stock for as little as a few dollars per share.

Health Insurance

Your Medicare Premiums Might Be Higher than They Should Be

If you are paying Medicare more than this amount, you might be able to lower your premium.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

ETFs Of Stocks That Help You Get Through the Pandemic

The stocks in these funds range from coronavirus fighters to stay-at-home helpers.

Portfolio Strategy

The Election and The Stock Market

There are sharp contrasts in how a new President Biden or returning President Trump would affect the economy and stock market. Here’s what it all means to your personal finances.


Don’t Miss These Hidden Opportunities in Foreign Stocks

Attractive foreign stocks include companies that are helping parts of the world deal with the pandemic, defense spending, low interest rates and more.