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Investment Questions to Ask

Submitted by Rick Kahler on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 3:00pm

When an advisor recommends a particular investment, how do you know it's right for you? Financial writers, myself included, say you need to ask questions. The trouble is, according to a recent survey, most investors ask the wrong questions.

After-School Activities Mania

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:00pm

Extracurricular activities can help your kids grow far beyond book learning in the school years. Getting the most out of after-school or weekend fun and games, though, means sharpening how you control both the time and money you expend.

Boomer Startups: Best Moves

Submitted by Claire Emory on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:00pm

If you’re in your late 50s, a flickering career and daunting retirement costs may drive you to think you are the best person to forge your own business for the rest of your working life. That’s a bold move and maybe the right one, but the road comes with many pitfalls.

The New Bull-Bear Debate

Submitted by Raul Elizalde on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 9:00am

After two years of virtually uninterrupted gains, the stock market took a scary tumble in October. While the market went on to recover the losses, the autumn slump touched off a debate about whether it was a precursor of further loses ahead or merely a hiccup in a strong advance.

Bad Notions in a Biz Sale

Submitted by Mark Tepper on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 3:00pm

Ironically, the same traits that drove you and your business to success can also lead to missteps when time comes for you to sell the biz. The biggest culprit may well be your own eternal optimism. While a positive outlook on your business’s valuation spurred growth, viewing details of your sale through that lens can devastate your exit deal.

QE’s Legacy Haunts Us Still

Submitted by Brenda Wenning on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 9:00am

So the Federal Reserve Board has made it official. Last month was the end of quantitative easing, where the Fed bought bonds to stimulate the economy and keep long-term rates low. Too bad the QE program was ineffectual, distorted the economy and the financial markets and saddled the central bank with a worrisome load of debt securities.

The Virtues of Cash Flow

Submitted by Josh Patrick on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 3:00pm

Your profit and loss statement, by accounting rules, tells you whether you make money. That’s only part of the story. If you, as a business owner, don’t pay close enough attention to your cash flow, you might end up going out of business, even though it is profitable.