Avoid scams by checking on businesses

By: Kimberly Lankford

Q. It seems that every day I hear about someone being ripped off. Are there some good resources to help protect myself against scam artists?A. Although scam artists have been especially busy taking advantage of the economic downturn, there are resources to help you check out a company or an adviser before you become a victim — and help you file a complaint if you have a problem.Start... READ MORE

The best options for stashing your cash

By: Dave Carpenter

Cash is king again for many unsettled investors.The crisis in confidence that has spooked investors this summer is prompting many to pull their money from the stock market, with others poised to follow.The problem is, where to park it?Here’s a look at the safest options and what you can earn on your cash.If you’re primarily concerned about limiting your risk, you’ll want... READ MORE

Cash-rich stocks to consider purchasing

By: Kathy Kristof

Is cash king, or is cash trash? If you’re an investor, the question has never been so pertinent or pervasive.Dozens of major corporations reacted to the recession the same way consumers did. They started paying off debts and building up cash reserves.The industrial companies in Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index are now sitting on a record stockpile, estimated at $959... READ MORE

Will uncertainty affect healthcare stocks?

By: Dave Carpenter

Healthcare stocks historically provide a relatively safe haven in roiling markets. They’re less tethered to the economy’s every movement than other stocks and tend to be less volatile.Anxious investors might be considering putting money in the sector, but the current outlook is complicated by uncertainty over the government’s changing involvement in healthcare. The wild... READ MORE

Consider mutual funds that limit volatility

By: Mark Jewell

The best move for an investor suffering from stock shock might be to stick with the market. But do it in a way that takes some of the edge off its ups and downs.If you want smoother investment returns, put your money in a bond mutual fund. But don’t forego stock funds whose managers strive to reduce volatility.A few have consistently delivered on that difficult-to-achieve goal. And... READ MORE

Retirement account loans get a bum rap

By: Elliot Raphaelson

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of individuals borrowing from their 401(k) accounts has increased dramatically the last few years.Some members of Congress feel that this is a dangerous trend, and they are proposing legislation to make it more difficult for individuals to take out these loans. They apparently feel that people who take them are... READ MORE