Money

Banking

Beware Money-Market Fund Dangers

The benefits of a money-market fund have faded as the coronavirus-caused recession has lowered interest rates.

Buying & Selling

As the World Turns Topsy Turvy, Is This a Good Time to Buy a House?

Would-be buyers have been tempted by historically low mortgage rates…only to discover that the inventory of homes for sale is extremely low.

Stocks

Better Way to Invest in Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle makers have soared on the stock market, but electric system suppliers may be the better long-term investment.

Financial Planning

Worst Money Mistakes of 2020

In the face of this year’s global upheaval and enormous financial challenges, it is common for many investors, homeowners, consumers and savers to misstep, throwing off their jou...

Stocks

The Best Midcap Stocks and Funds Now

Medium-size companies have features that make them attractive to investors in the current environment.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

New “Non-Transparent” ETFs Offer Top Managers

A new SEC rule has encouraged managers of top mutual funds to launch ETFs with similar portfolios. Are they worthwhile?

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.

Stocks

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

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...

Stocks

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.