Investors looking abroad for dividends

By: Stan Choe
Posted on: July 11, 2014

In the search for dividends, it can pay for investors to head abroad. Markets outside the United States have long been fertile ground for dividend hunters because their stronger cultures of paying dividends have resulted in higher yields. U.S. companies have boosted their own dividends, and paid a record amount last year. But many mutual-fund managers say the most attractive dividend... READ MORE

Do you cheat on your spouse (financially)?

By: Anne Kates Smith
Posted on: July 06, 2014

According to a recent survey, one-third of adults who combine finances with a partner or spouse have committed financial infidelity. Of those who said they had cheated, three in 10 hid cash, a purchase, a statement or bill, or even a bank account from their significant other. And 13 percent engaged in more-significant deceptions, such as lying about how much they earn or what they... READ MORE

How to get a sweeter deal on a used car

By: Jessica Anderson
Posted on: July 03, 2014

Used-car deals are getting better. Desirable trade-ins and vehicles at the end of their lease are streaming onto the used market, and that means more choices at lower prices.New-car leasing and finance deals create competition with used cars, too, and that also helps drive down used-car prices, according to Laurence Dixon, senior manager of market intelligence at www.NADAguides.com.Look to... READ MORE

Alternative accounts for retirement savings

By: Sandra Block
Posted on: June 18, 2014

Say you’re saving the maximum in your retirement accounts. For most employees, that means you can stash up to $17,500 in 2014 in your 401(k), 403(b), federal Thrift Savings Plan or 457 plan.You can also contribute up to $5,500 to a traditional or Roth IRA. And if you’re 50 or older, you can make “catch up” contributions of up to $5,500 to an employer retirement plan... READ MORE

Israeli stocks show nice growth potential

By: Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus
Posted on: June 13, 2014

With more start-up businesses per capita than anywhere in the world, Israel is brimming with tantalizing investment prospects. Moreover, many Israeli stocks trade in the U.S, making it simple for Americans to buy in.Granted, the risks are substantial. Not only do the country’s businesses grapple with a hostile geopolitical environment, but many are youthful enterprises that have yet... READ MORE

Frontier markets feature attractive stocks

By: Stan Choe
Posted on: June 11, 2014

Finding stocks that zig when others zag is a key goal for investors, and mutual fund managers say they’re finding candidates in places that may be unfamiliar. They’re delving deeper into less-developed economies, buying stock in Nigerian breweries, banks in Kazakhstan and cement companies in Colombia. Trading in such markets is more difficult, and the threat of big losses is higher.... READ MORE