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The Smarter Investor

October 2010


5 Reasons to Avoid Annuities

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Annuities have become more popular as investors continue to look for guaranteed returns. Salesmen will try to convince people that they need variable annuities, with a pitch that sounds like "if the market goes up, you will participate; if it goes down, you won't lose any money." Here are a few ...

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5 Ways to Find the Best Mutual Funds

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An adviser or pundit on television or in the press recommends a mutual fund. Do you rush out and buy it? No way! Before you buy, analyze that fund as you would any other large, important purchase—such as a new car. Along with the sticker price, you'll want to know if that shiny new car has ...

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Why You Shouldn't Follow the Dow

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Many people follow the action of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) to get a feel for how well the market is doing. Nary a day goes by without the top national news anchors mentioning how well this venerable index performed on the evening news.

What is it?

Created by Charles Dow in 1896, the ...

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Beware of the Bond Bubble

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There's been a debate brewing in the markets about whether the treasury bond market is reaching valuations approaching a bubble, which could pop and create significant losses for investors. I believe treasury bonds are extremely overpriced, and that investors need to tread carefully in what's ...

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