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May 2013


What Should I Do With My Old 401(k)?

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When leaving a job one of the decisions that you face is what to do with your 401(k). A recent study by the Government Accountability Office (the GAO) indicated that some financial services firms might be misleading workers into rolling their account balances into an individual retirement account ...

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5 Ways to Tame Investing Fears

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Truly good horror stories are able to blend tension and fear in a sustained pattern. The best spine-chillers build terror rather than springing it on us; the writer weaves a tale that leaves us with a feeling of constant anxiety.

I couldn't help but think that some investors have inserted themselves ...

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How to Handle Another New Market High

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The stock market rally continues and is now more than four years old. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index reached its low point at 677 on March 9, 2009. The index has risen some 144 percent off of its lows and continues to set records along with the Dow Jones industrial average.

While the market’s run ...

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4 Tax Traps in 2013

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Now that the 2012 tax season is thankfully behind us, it's time to look towards 2013 and prepare for some of the tax land mines that Congress and the Internal Revenue Service have carefully placed before us. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013, in typical Congressional fashion, fails to live ...

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Could You Be Investing Naked?

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The old Warren Buffett quote goes, "[Y]ou only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out.” What few realize is that Buffett may be talking about you. That’s because in the stock market world many amateur investors and even professional traders don't realize that they are completely ...

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Watch Out for the Overly Confident CEO

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When I was an officer in the Army, one of the tenets of leadership that I strove to emulate was to publicly give credit to my soldiers when something good happened and accept blame when something bad happened. It was a pretty simple approach to take. I did have great soldiers, so all I usually had ...

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