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"Educating Rico": What's good credit

Jun 27, 2004
We've all heard the term...good credit. That's something you need in this country if you want to buy a house or lease a car. But what does good credit mean? And who decides what's "good?" In this month's installment of "Educating Rico"...our financially challenged protagonist discovers it all comes down to one little number.
Posted In: Investing

"Straight Story": The index fund debate

Jun 27, 2004
It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." Are index funds headed for trouble? Chris diffuses the situation.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: An investing report on risk

Jun 27, 2004
We had a look last week at how investors should think about "uncertainty" in the markets. On this week's "Money Matters" -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we examine risk tolerance. Terrence Odean studies risk at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. He explains how to measure your risk tolerance.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for June 26, 2004

Jun 27, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on defining mutual fund shares, firing a financial planner, and investing a large chunk of change.
Posted In: Investing

"Straight Story": Regulating mutual funds

Jun 19, 2004
It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Seven former heads of SECs have signed a letter, saying they think mutual fund companies should have independent board chairman. Chris signs on as well.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings

Mailbag for June 19, 2004

Jun 19, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions… This week, he gives advice paying for professional education, giving the gift of stocks, finding the best rates for CDs, and choosing when to buy property.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Understanding uncertainty

Jun 19, 2004
Should you factor in current events when managing your money? How do you gauge the threat of terrorism or the upcoming presidential election? What about rising interests rates? Leah Modigliani, a portfolio strategist at Morgan Stanley, studies uncertainty. She offers some tips for the average investor.
Posted In: Investing

"Buzzword": Housing P-E Ratio

May 29, 2004
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance -Housing P-E Ratio. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Housing, Investing

Mailbag for May 29, 2004

May 29, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on saving for college, investing in TIPS, and managing the finances for an elderly parent.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Factoid: Political donations from Wall Street…we follow the money

May 29, 2004
Factoid: Political donations from Wall Street…we follow the money
Posted In: Economy, Investing

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