Books offer do-it-yourself financial advice

By: Beacon

Consider adding these recently released financial books to your shelf or e-reader (all are available as e-books). Look for more suggestions in upcoming issues.Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit From It — Seeing Through Wall Street’s Money-Killing MythsAuthor: Ken FisherPrice: $27.95Summary: Debunkery is the seventh book by Ken Fisher, the founder and CEO of Fisher... READ MORE

Social Security stops mailing statements

By: Mark Miller

What age should you file for Social Security benefits? It’s one of the most critical decisions you’ll make that affects long-term retirement security.One of the best decision-making tools to help with that decision is the annual benefit projection that we all receive in the mail from the Social Security Administration (SSA).But the SSA is about to stop mailing out those... READ MORE

Investors see upside to expensive gasoline

By: Mark Jewell

Think positive. The pain you’re feeling at the pump from $4-a-gallon gas may become a little easier to bear once you receive your next quarterly mutual fund statement.Chances are your fund portfolio holds big oil names that have been reporting Texas-sized profits and boosting dividends paid to their investors. Exxon Mobil, for example, is the biggest component in the Standard &... READ MORE

Managed funds losing out to index rivals

By: Mark Jewell

Pay a fund manager above-average fees, and it’s reasonable to expect you’ll have a better than 50-50 chance of beating the stock market.Yet the latest numbers show a majority of managers aren’t keeping up their end of the deal. It’s a key reason why investors have been pulling cash out of managed funds at a rapid clip in recent years. It’s even happening to big ... READ MORE

How divorce affects your Social Security

By: Kathy Kristof

Consider this: Roughly half of the people who get married in the United States will end up divorced. And Social Security is the primary source of income for 72 percent of unmarried retirees, many of whom are single because they’re divorced.Unfortunately, few financial advisors put those two facts together and focus on how divorce, as well as remarriage, can affect retirement planning, ... READ MORE

Five popular shopping myths debunked

By: Anne D’Innocenzio

If you think a super-sized container of peanut butter is always a better deal than a tiny version, think again. Bigger is not always cheaper. And don’t count on getting a bargain on designer goods at an outlet or off-price chain.Here are five common but mistaken assumptions about bargains — plus tips for avoiding getting fooled into paying too much.Myth No. 1. Bigger packages... READ MORE