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5 Tax Planning Tips to Use Now

Only a fraction of people prepare as much as they should for tax season. I was burned last year by not saving enough money to pay in April. Jackson Hewitt has decided to give us a few tips so that we are all better prepared. Save more for retirement – By increasing retirement plan contributions, […]

3 Debt Tips from a Debt Collector

With the holiday shopping season well underway, the spirit of giving to family, friends and just causes comes with a high cost. According to creditcards.com, the total U.S. consumer debt stands at $2.43 trillion for 2011, and falling into debt during the holidays is a reality for many. In fact, the National Retail Federation found […]

Dividend ETFs attracting significant inflows

Dividend Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been attracting substantial capital inflows as investor market volatility persists. The yields that are currently being generated by other market opportunities are driving investors to seek out these financial instruments, according to Risk Magazine. Pershing Securities, a New Jersey-based firm that offers structured financial instruments and and ETFs as […]

Americans believe that $150,000 a year would make them rich, Gallup poll says

A recent Gallup poll conducted between November 28 and December 1 revealed that the average amount of money that an American household would need to make in order to consider itself rich is $150,000. The poll asked people the following question: “just thinking about your own situation, how much money per year would you need […]

Europe Comes to Agreement, Though Issues Remain

Europe took a major step toward resolving some of its debt woes late Thursday and into early Friday. According to The New York Times, the European Union has agreed to change its treaty to require a greater degree of fiscal responsibility from member nations. The new treaty requires countries in the European Union to limit […]

Portfolio diversification effective in down market

Investors have had to deal with paltry returns over the last few years, but diversification is still an effective tool. Diversification means combining different assets that do not correlate with each other, meaning they do not move together. USA Today reports that the Standard & Poor's 500 index yielded a meager 1.4 percent between January […]

Verizon Backs Out of Google Wallet

Google has suffered yet another setback in its attempts to re-imagine electronic payments. The Associated Press reports that Verizon, one of Google’s key allies in the mobile sphere, has decided not to include the company’s new Google Wallet function in its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Verizon was integral in the promotion of Android-based […]

Money managers see good environment for buyers in 2012

The feedback gathered at the recent 2012 Reuters Investment Outlook Summit indicated that many money managers see the year as one with various opportunities, Reuters reports. Wide selloffs have left the stocks of many companies that are in a strong financial positions with low price-to-earnings ratios, according to the media outlet. Companies headquartered in the […]

Investors may face fewer investment options in their 401ks

While the number of options available to 401k participants has risen over the past decade, these same retirement plan users may see their options start to shrink. Data provided by consulting firm Aon Hewitt indicates that the median number of investment options available in these retirement plans has risen from 10 in 2001 to 18 […]

Volatility will continue in 2012

Even if the various troubled nations resolve their major dilemmas this year, investors should be ready for volatility to continue in 2012, Reuters reports. Even if the United States solves its fiscal deficit, China successfully copes with its economic slowdown, and Europe survives its debt problems, analysts have arrived at a consensus that volatility will […]