Some housing stocks rise despite market

By: Mark Jewell

Real estate investing doesn’t have to be a losing proposition, whether home prices continue to slip or not.Ross Meredith has a lot of money riding on that notion, and it’s worked out lately. The retired bank examiner owns stock in companies called real estate investment trusts (REITs), which own commercial properties. Those six REIT stocks have returned an average of about 20... READ MORE

What investment pros are buying today

By: Dave Carpenter

A slumping stock market and economic difficulties make this a challenging time for investors looking for the best place to put their money.No consensus emerged among the nearly 1,700 financial planners and fund managers attending the annual Morningstar Investment Conference. But many floated ideas for good buys and strategies in this difficult environment.Several professionals offered up... READ MORE

Medicare becomes costly for high earners

By: Mark Miller

The new healthcare reform law aims to cover nearly all Americans and to get our exploding national healthcare tab under control. But reform also calls for some upfront investment, and someone needs to foot the bill. Wealthy retirees — it’s time to grab your wallets.Starting this year, the most affluent seniors are shouldering steep increases in Medicare premiums mandated under... READ MORE

Wills provide peace of mind for the family

By: Elliot Raphaelson

Estate planning is one of those things everybody knows they should do, but a surprising number of people put it off until it’s too late, or do it wrong in the first place.Unfortunately, too many people of all ages hesitate to have their wills drawn up. There is no good reason to avoid that. If you die intestate — that is, without a will — you have lost the right to specify ... READ MORE

Are there funds waiting for you to claim?

By: Elliot Raphaelson

According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA), assets worth over $32 billion are held by various states just waiting to be claimed by their rightful owners.You may be entitled to some of these assets. I will explain how this property ends up with the states, and how you can determine whether you have unclaimed property you don’t know ... READ MORE

Get insured despite pre-existing conditions

By: Mark Miller

Over age 50 but under 65? If so, you’re at risk of falling into the pre-existing condition healthcare gap.In the current health insurance marketplace, it’s very difficult for people with pre-existing conditions to buy a quality policy at an affordable price. The problem disproportionately affects older people in this age group; they’re too young to quality for Medicare yet ... READ MORE