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December 2012


How to Narrow Your 401(k) Choices

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This year I did almost all of my holiday shopping online. From the comfort of my couch, with football on in the background, I bought presents for my friends and family. I got to skip the stores and the crowds, not to mention the uncertainty of we don’t have that item at this location, but I see one ...

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Some Zen Investing Advice

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Generally, we all want to find peace and happiness in life. In other words we deeply desire to find some Zen. Understand that people find Zen in different ways. Maybe they find Zen when they can retire comfortably or are debt-free. Maybe it’s doing yoga, living a more minimalist life, exploring the ...

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How to Think About Investment Risk

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After the volatility we’ve seen from the market during the past five to six years, there are some gun-shy investors out there. Does the possibility of some risk make you want to run for the hills?

Investing risk isn't a terrible thing. In fact, risk is an inherent part of investing.

The definition of ...

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How to Pick a Financial Adviser

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While I’m sure no kid sits on Santa’s lap and asks for a new financial adviser for Christmas, this time of year it is fairly common for folks to make the decision to work with an adviser for the first time or to seek the services of a new one.

Here are a few tips for your search:

Know what you’re ...

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The Fed's Help Can't Last Forever

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Recently I sat down to lunch with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (and well over a thousand of our closest friends) when he addressed the Economic Club of New York. Chairman Bernanke focused his remarks on “the reasons for the disappointingly slow pace of economic recovery in the United ...

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