Some new funds and trends to consider

By: Mark Jewell

With nearly 8,000 mutual funds on the market, there are already plenty to choose from. Yet in a typical year a few hundred new offerings pop up.Don’t write off all these freshman funds. It’s likely a select group will prove their mettle through good markets and bad, including a handful of recent offerings from managers with strong track records.Yet too many try to tap into... READ MORE

Good buys in healthcare and drug stocks

By: Steven T. Goldberg

Healthcare stocks are cheap. Enactment of healthcare reform last year has Wall Street fretting that industry profits will be depressed. But those fears are unwarranted.With the aging of the population not only in the U.S. but throughout the developed world, as well as advances in medical technology, people will continue to spend more on healthcare, not less. Paul Larson, editor of... READ MORE

Not a big talker? Cell phone plans for you

By: Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior:What are the absolute cheapest cell phone plans available today? I’ve had a cell phone for nearly four years that I rarely use, but I like having it for emergency purposes. — Infrequent CallerDear Infrequent:For those who don’t use their cell phones very often but still want one for emergencies or occasional calls, there are a number of low-cost... READ MORE

The five best stock funds to hold in 2011

By: Steven T. Goldberg

After the wretched stock market returns of the past decade, you can hardly fault older investors — especially those whose investment horizon is not measured in decades — for shunning stocks and seeking shelter in bond funds and bank certificates of deposits.But with CD yields at microscopic levels, and inflation and interest rates highly likely to rise in the near future,... READ MORE

Fees may affect credit/debit card choice

By: Candice Choi

The customer isn't always king. Sometimes he's just a pawn.The feud over the so-called "swipe fees" that retail merchants pay banks when customers use credit and debit cards is reaching a crescendo, and will likely hit registers in coming months.Both sides — merchants and card issuers — insist they're fighting for the best interests of the consumer. At... READ MORE

The five best stock funds to hold in 2011

By: Steven T. Goldberg

After the wretched stock market returns of the past decade, you can hardly fault older investors — especially those whose investment horizon is not measured in decades — for shunning stocks and seeking shelter in bond funds and bank certificates of deposits.But with CD yields at microscopic levels, and inflation and interest rates highly likely to rise in the near future,... READ MORE