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Getting Personal: Power of attorney, hemorrhaging 401(k)s

Dec 16, 2011
Tess Vigeland and Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell answer listeners' personal finance questions.
Posted In: powers of attorney, Retirement, Investing

When to get aggressive with the mortgage paydown

Dec 15, 2011
My question is, if your mortgage rate is higher than what you could expect from investing, wouldn't it make more sense to pay on the mortgage? This is almost the same as the concept of paying off the credit card with the highest rate first. What are your thoughts on this? John, Rapid City, SD
Posted In: mortgage, home, Savings, Investing

Market timing is hard -- really hard

Dec 14, 2011
Lesson learned: Market timing gurus are hazardous to your wealth.
Posted In: stocks, market timing, Investing

Tilt to safety

Dec 5, 2011
I keep reading that the lesson of the past few years is to throw out the old rules of investing. I don’t buy it. My reaction is the exact opposite. The old rules of investing were hammered out over previous bear markets, such as the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Stagnation of the 1970s. They still work.
Posted In: Investing, stocks, 401(k)s, Economics, euro

Thinking about loan payments

Nov 18, 2011
I have a student loan that is on an extended payment plan with a variable rate that is tied to prime. Currently, the rate is 2.11%. I have money available that I could put toward the loan, but at this interest rate, it seems advisable to invest the money. However, at some point down the road when the rates go back up, I may wish that I had paid off the loan early. Do you have any advice as to the best approach for paying off such a variable rate loan? Wendell, Rochester, NY
Posted In: student loan debt, variable rates, Investing

Juli Niemann: How companies can hide the truth

Nov 8, 2011
News out today that Olympus committed fraud for decades comes at a time when a lot of businesses get away with such deceit. How do they do it? We asked Juli Niemann, analyst at Smith, Moore and Company.
Posted In: Investing

In tough times, Warren Buffett keeps investing big

Nov 7, 2011
While the global economy is still in a rough spot, Warren Buffet poured almost $24 billion into investments last quarter, the most in at least 15 years.
Posted In: Investing

How to handle Greek debt in your portfolio

Oct 28, 2011
A financial planner advises not to get panicked about facing Greek debt.
Posted In: Investing

What's going on with mutual funds

Oct 26, 2011
Question: I've had mutual funds for over 20 years that basically are about 10% higher now than my original investment so long ago. This is typical...
Posted In: Getting Personal, Investing

Why we can't let go of loser investments

Oct 21, 2011
We look into the neuroscience behind why we can't seem to let go of stocks that aren't earning their keep.
Posted In: Investing

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