Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, March 17, 2014 11:38 am
By Dr. Don Taylor · Bankrate.com

Fees and expenses eat away at your earnings. Cost-effective investing will improve your returns.

Friday, January 10, 2014 12:54 pm
By Dr. Don Taylor · Bankrate.com

Consider taking a core-satellite approach to investing for your 2014 investment outlook.

Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:30 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Forget the flashy actively managed funds. For retirement, the Obamas use index funds.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 6:05 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In 2008, Warren Buffett bet that an index fund would beat a fund of hedge funds over a ten-year period. Right now, he’s winning.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 4:16 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In a competition against professional stock pickers and students, Orlando the cat handily won with his stock picks in 2012.

Friday, October 26, 2012 1:50 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Even in the best of times, there’s always someone with a dire prediction for the stock market.

Friday, August 17, 2012 6:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Index funds have, on average, returned more to investors than actively managed funds this year. That’s mostly due to the fact that they cost less.

Friday, April 06, 2012 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

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.

Monday, January 23, 2012 4:19 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Last week, Vanguard launched a Target Retirement 2060 Fund aimed at those people 18 to 20 years old who expect to retire 48 years from now. Most of the people reading this and I will be pushing up daisies by then, but for anyone just starting out in life, this is a great retirement planning

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 4:39 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A team of economic researchers at Harvard University and Yale University rounded up MBA students and staffers and asked them to choose which index funds were the best investments. Despite having loads of experience and lots of brain power — the MBA students were from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, one of

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