Savings and a new car

Dec 9, 2011
My current car is getting up there both in years and in miles, and I'd like to replace it before anything major goes horribly wrong. If I sell some of the stock I've accumulated in my Employee Stock Purchase Plan, I should be able to pay for the car in full in cash. The other option is to finance the other half of the purchase. Which route would you recommend? Thank you! Arcadiy, Atlanta, GA
Posted In: cars, car loan, stocks

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

The value in stocks

Nov 10, 2011
Question: I have a question that's more philosophical than practical, but it's something I've never received a satisfactory answer to. Assuming...
Posted In: Getting Personal, stocks

Really quick trades

Oct 20, 2011
The inventor of automated trading, Thomas Peterffy, wants to scale back on high speed trading. He says it makes volatile markets worse, because...
Posted In: stocks, Tech Report, trading

Stocks and the calendar

Oct 6, 2011
Question: I know in this market everything goes, but statistically, when is the best day of the week to sell. I did some reading and its to be ...
Posted In: Getting Personal, stocks

Trading suspended for hacked companies

Aug 11, 2011
Yesterday, the Hong Kong stock exchange suspended trading on seven companies who were the victims of hacks. The attack took place on a page of the...
Posted In: hackers, hong kong, stocks, trading

Take the money

Aug 3, 2011
Question: Hi Chris, I own or thought I owned shares of Verigy LTD a spinoff of Agilent which was spun off of Hewlett Packard. I received a check in...
Posted In: stocks

MID-DAY UPDATE: Egypt stock markets reopen, more water warnings in Tokyo

Mar 23, 2011
Tokyo health officials said today radiation levels are higher in the water supply there. Those officials are recommending people not give tap wat...
Posted In: billion, earthquake, Egypt, General Mills, Japan, mid-day update, mortgage, radiation, stocks, Tokyo, Toyota, tsunami, water

MID-DAY UPDATE: stock exchange merger, Egypt, workers' union, and Civil War tourism

Feb 18, 2011
Now that the German and New York stock exchanges have tied the knot, it's time to discuss which entity is going to take a new name. Germans think...
Posted In: Civil War, Egypt, Facebook, Germany, Hosni Mubarak, Mergers and Acquisitions, mid-day update, National Park Service, New York, NYSE, stock market, stocks, tourism