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

Josh Brown: Indecision is the root of market volatility

Oct 19, 2011
Josh Brown, an analyst at Fusion Analytics, explains why the market this morning, and on the first day of the year, were the same -- with lots of peaks and valleys in between.
Posted In: Investing

CFTC sets out to limit commodities speculation

Oct 18, 2011
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will vote on new restrictions which would prevent speculation on corn, oil, and other commodities.
Posted In: Investing

Should you go all-in or slowly into the stock market?

Oct 14, 2011
We play it pretty safe here at Marketplace Money -- slow and steady does it -- but we learn when it's actually a good idea to jump right into the market.
Posted In: Investing

What should your stock portfolio look like?

Oct 14, 2011
The erratic ups and downs -- particularly the downs -- of the market may make you want to run away from Wall Street. But we talk about asset allocations and how to do it right.
Posted In: Investing