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August 2012


Don't Make These 3 Retirement Mistakes

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The day has come. You attend the retirement party. They hand you the golden cufflinks or the gold watch, stuff you full of hors d’oeuvres, and send riding you off into the sunset. From now on, you’re going to sit on the porch, drink lemonade, and watch the world go by.

It’s an idyllic lifestyle ...

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Investors: Look Past Politics

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Remember when politicians allowed us to enjoy the last few weeks of summer and waited until Labor Day before launching their full-fledged fall election campaigns? The old way only seemed fair. Come September, the kids trudged back to school, and we adults stopped reading August’s silly-season news ...

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4 Financial 'To-Do's' for Right Now

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The title of this article is about as close to the shouting and ranting of CNBC’s Jim Cramer as I get. Rather, here are some timely and timeless tasks for your financial to-do list.

Rebalance your portfolio. The stock market is up nicely so far in 2012. If you haven’t looked at your various accounts ...

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How Safe Is Your American Dream?

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It use to be the American Dream: work hard, save money, raise a family, and retire with a comfortable lifestyle supported by a reliable pension. Fast-forward to today and that dream appears to be crumbling for many retirees and soon-to-be retirees.

Private and public pensions (the dinosaurs of ...

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The LIBOR Scandal and You

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We’ve all read a lot (probably too much), about the LIBOR scandal in the past couple of weeks. Despite a constant stream of stories, blog posts and articles, so far I’ve only seen a couple of pieces that have really helped me to understand true effects this circus will have on investors. Part of ...

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