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6 styles of investment managers

The criteria that mutual fund managers use to select their assets vary widely according to the individual manager. So when choosing a fund, you should look closely at the manager's investment style to make sure it fits your...Read more

5 tips for self-directed investors

When Jeffrey Krein, a Bucks County, Pa.-based retired professional photographer, gets sick, he sees a physician. If his tooth aches, he sees a dentist. But when it comes to his money, Krein masterminds all of his investments....Read more

Build a mutual fund portfolio

    How you construct your mutual fund investment depends largely on personal preference. Here are some general guidelines that will help you figure out what will suit you best. The first thing you need to do is define your...Read more

Which mutual fund for grandchild?

Dear Dr. Don, What equity mutual funds would you recommend for a portfolio intended for a 9-year-old? Ideally, these would be stocks that interest my granddaughter. I'd like to help her follow the companies. I just cashed...Read more


Sell mutual funds to buy ETFs?

American workers save and invest for decades, all in hopes of having enough money to retire one day. But when work finally ends, a new concern typically begins: making sure that nest egg does not disappear before you do....Read more

Fee-free ETFs: What's the catch?

It doesn't cost a lot to trade online, but some products are offered free of commissions. That includes some exchange-traded funds, or ETFs. Recent years have seen a proliferation of fee-free ETFs as online brokerages battle...Read more

2 savvy ETF investing strategies

Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are portfolio chameleons. They have characteristics that make them well suited to long-term passive investing, just like mutual funds. ETFs also lend themselves to short-term tactical strategies...Read more

ETFs with 'smart beta' strategies

If you're looking for a hybrid between a passively managed exchanged-traded fund, or ETF, that tracks an index and an actively managed mutual fund that doesn't, you might want to consider smart beta ETFs. These ETFs are based...Read more


Investing in 'themes' a good idea?

You've read about 3-D printing and think a lot of money could be made in companies that make machines that manufacture products on the fly. Or you want to invest in specific emerging markets that have recently hit a wall...Read more

Smart ways to crack your nest egg

Saving for retirement is half the battle. Withdrawing from your retirement funds so they provide a steady income after you stop working presents a whole other set of challenges. "As much as 70 percent of your hard-earned...Read more

6 reasons to love Roth IRAs

Most investment vehicles don't inspire starry-eyed adoration, but if any are deserving of that kind of attention, it would be the Roth IRA. The Roth version of the individual retirement account lets investors put away $5,500...Read more

ABCs of IRAs: IRAs for newbies

Eat more vegetables. Exercise three times per week. Save for retirement. Unlike ascetic meal plans or torturous yoga positions, saving for retirement can be relatively painless with the use of tax-advantaged individual retirement...Read more

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Set-it-and-forget-it portfolios

Plan providers offer default investment alternatives for plan participants in a 401(k) plan. Do they make sense for you?  ... Read more


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