Welcome to nonfarm payroll week. Before we get to Friday, there are some other economic reports that may also have some impact on investing.» Read more
What’s old is new again and dividend investing is big news in 2012.» Read more
The debate over money market funds has heated up recently as regulators scuffle with the fund industry.» Read more
2012 is shaping up to be a record dividend year for member companies on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.» Read more
The last full week of April brings a big week in economic news. Monday is a snooze, but Tuesday through Friday will be packed.» Read more
When it comes to investing in stocks, riskier is not better. More accurately: Higher volatility does not equal higher rewards over time.» Read more
On Wednesday, the Securities Exchange Commission adopted a new rule defining who needs to be regulated in the over-the-counter swaps market.» Read more
Experts agree: Gas prices are likely to reach $5 per gallon by the end of the year, and I, for one, want to find a way to lessen your pain.» Read more
Another week brings more opportunities to gauge the economy, and investing opportunities, in the form of economic indicators.
For the second week of April, investors can look forward to the National Federation of Independent Business Index, the Beige Book, the producer price index, the Consumer Price Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index.
NFIB small business survey
On Tuesday, the National Federal of Independent Business will release their survey of small business owners for the month of March. The February reading of the NFIB small business survey, released last month, indicated an increase for the sixth consecutive month.» Read more
I know nothing about cars. Short of becoming educated about modern fuel-injection engines, I walk into service stations like a willfully ignorant lamb. It’s all a vast mystery, and I’m surprisingly OK with that. Thus far, it’s worked out well — my car runs. Case closed.
It’s much more difficult to gauge service on products that are more abstract than cars. Things such as 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts, taxable brokerage accounts and the universe of investment options therein can be confusing. Not only that, the people paid to service these accounts, financial advisers, may benefit from the confusion.» Read more