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From the Money Matters Desk: Going on a Financial Diet

May 6, 2005
Any clue how much cash you burn through in a given week? USA Today's Mindy Fetterman has made it her mission to slim down her spending. The first step -- tracking her financial successes and failures in a daily journal. It's all part of the paper's Financial Diet series. And in this week's Money Matters, Mindy let's you read her diary.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

It's Baaack... The Long Bond

May 6, 2005
This week, the Treasury Department announced it's considering bringing back the 30-year bond. How will this affect interest rates, your portfolio and your mortgage? The Bond Bible's Marilyn Cohen explains the Bond, Long Bond.
Posted In: Investing

Movin' on Up... Not So Much

May 6, 2005
The hot housing market means a lot of folks are selling their homes for a pretty profit. But is it enough to get them into the next house? Eric Niiler has the story.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

The Mailbag for April 29, 2005

Apr 29, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on spending a tax refund, investing in a self-directed IRA, and cashing in on college savings.
Posted In: Investing, Taxes

From the Money Matters Desk: All Your Worth

Apr 29, 2005
If you only just decided to make a budget, don't worry. It's not too late to get cookin'. Here to help Kai count financial calories is author Amelia Tyagi. Her new book has tips on how to make and stick to a financial diet.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

The Mailbag for April 22, 2005

Apr 22, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on selecting a piggy back loan, investing in the stock market for the first time, making a joint decision to sell a second home, and paying for a professional degree.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

The New "It" Fund -- Exchange Traded Funds

Apr 22, 2005
As with Hollywood actors, certain investments can suddenly become "hot." Exchange Traded Funds are the latest stock investment to get top billing. Here to explain the buzz is <i>Money Magazine's</i> Penelope Wang.
Posted In: Investing

The Mailbag for April 15, 2005

Apr 16, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on choosing between term and life insurance, stemming the flood of credit card solicitations, and finding the right balance of stocks and bonds in a retirement account.
Posted In: Investing

What Lies Beneath: Deciphering an Earnings Statement

Apr 16, 2005
How do you decide when to buy a stock? When to sell? One way: read the company’s earning statement. And there’s no better time. With earning season in full swing, you’ll have access to lots of reports…from companies like Apple, General Motors, and Bank of America. But what answers lie beneath all those numbers? Investors.com’s Ken Shreve breaks down an actual earnings statement.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: To Roth or Not to Roth

Apr 9, 2005
How do you choose between a Roth IRA or a traditional IRA? One might save you money on your tax bill, but the other might save you money for the future. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we get the answer from IRA expert Ed Slott.
Posted In: Investing

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