Money

Bonds

Muni Bond Fees Can Eat Up Income

Watch out for exorbitant ­municipal bond fees. Recent spikes in yields on high-quality municipal bonds have made them attractive again…

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Betting on Rising Rates

Rather than hide from the effects of rising interest rates, which cause bond prices to fall, daring investors can bet…

Stocks

Tiny Tech

The smallest companies offer the greatest potential for investors because they tend to grow much faster than larger businesses. And…

Portfolio Strategy

Four Signs of Hope for the Economy: From Top Economist Allen Sinai, PhD

There’s a monumental struggle under way right now that will shape the fate of the US economy and the stock…

Investing

How to Invest (Profitably) in Broadway Shows

Love the theater? You would probably love it even more if it made you money. Unlike investors in most segments…

Scams

A Costly “Free” Medical Device

The phone rings, and a recorded or live person promises to send you a free medical alert device that summons…

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Cash-Rich Stock Funds

One of the surest ways to cushion your portfolio against a stock market plunge is to hold assets in cash.…

Stocks

Small-Cap Stocks with Great Potential

Usually, when the overall economy is in turmoil, small-cap stocks get slammed harder than large-caps. But not this year. For…

Health Insurance

Do I Have to Pay Tax on Health Insurance Benefits?

Q: The amount my employer spends on my health insurance benefits is listed on my W-2 form this year—do I…

Portfolio Strategy

How to Use Options to Protect Your Portfolio

How do you protect your stock portfolio from a possible crash when the market is hitting record highs? One option…

Social Security

Safeguard Your Social Security Payments

Block scammers from stealing your Social Security payments electronically. Anyone who uses a bank account with ­direct deposit is vulnerable.…

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Can Your Bond Funds Survive Another Jolt?

Bond funds were put to the test in recent months as interest rates spiked, causing bond prices to sink. More…

Tax Planning

Tax Rules Have Changed (Again)

Answers to this year’s trickiest questions The April 15 tax-filing deadline is fast approaching, but many Americans still are struggling…

Stocks

Investing in Stock Splits Can Pay Off Big

When a company’s stock “splits,” it’s not supposed to have much effect on investors. But Neil Macneale has used stock…

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Strategy for Picking Mutual Funds

When Janet Brown is selecting mutual funds, she looks past the traditional criteria that most other fund pickers use, such…