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April 2012


The High Costs of a Low-Rate Mortgage

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Mortgage rates are low . . . very low! In fact, 30-year fixed mortgage rates have been below or near 4 percent for several months. Often, it makes great financial sense to refinance your home at the lower rates. After all, who wouldn’t want to save a few bucks?

However, before you make the call to ...

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How Safe Is Your Safe Money?

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It’s probably no surprise that after the crash of ’08-’09, there’s still a large amount of money “stuck” in money market funds. Conservative investors, lacking faith and trust in the markets, have piled an enormous amount of cash into money market funds because of the perceived safety that they ...

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Will Gold Shine Once Again?

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It’s no secret that gold has underperformed the general market thus far in 2012. Even with the rally from the December 29 low of $1,520 per ounce, gold has “only” risen about 6 percent, compared to the S&P 500’s return of 12 percent in the first quarter. The question begging to be asked is, “Is ...

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