New Money


March 2009


Signs the Recession May Be Past its Peak

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Here's some optimistic market commentary to help offset today's gloomy market (from BlackRock's global CIO of equities, Bob Doll). Bold is mine:

On the broader economic front, there have been some signs that the economic recession may be moving past its peak. Lately, housing, retail sales ...

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Why Young Investors Should Double Down

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Earlier today, I talked 401(k) investing strategy with John Carl of the Retirement Learning Center. His big tip for 20- and 30-somethings? Invest as much as you can bear: "Double-down your contributions if you can possibly afford it," he says. "If you're younger, focus on accumulating more ...

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The Low-Down on the Uptick Rule

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Today, Rep. Barney Frank, head of the House Financial Services Committee,  said he expects the SEC to bring back the "uptick" rule--which was eliminated in June 2007.

So what's this uptick rule? Here are the basics:

  • The rule essentially put constraints on short-selling (read more about how ...
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    Why Index Funds Still Make Sense

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    It's an age-old investing debate: Are index funds better than actively managed funds? There are pros and cons for each: Indexing--a form of passive investing--means low turnover among holdings. That leads to lower taxes. Index funds are also dirt cheap compared with active funds. And in a market ...

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    Bartering is the New Black

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    In these dire economic times, it's not totally surprising that old-fashioned bartering is making a comeback. These days, it applies to everything from remodeling to hair cuts and pedicures to dental cleanings(!)

    According to this story, bartering on Craigslist has increased 100 percent versus this ...

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    Why Obama's Bullish on Stocks

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    It seems pretty unusual for a president to weigh in on Americans' investing decisions. But today--a day when the S&P touched down below 700 for the first time since 1996--Obama said we should all consider investing in the stock market. Via ABC News:

    "What you're now seeing is...profit and ...

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    TALF: The Long and Short of It

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    TARP, TALF: how do you make sense of this alphabet soup?

    Here's the scoop on TALF (the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility), which the Fed released more details on today:

    The goal is to get lenders lending again by loosening up money for consumer, auto, student, and small-business loans (TARP,

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