Why you might give gold funds another go

By: Stan Choe
Posted on: June 09, 2014

Gold is back on the rise after dropping like lead last year. Although it has recovered just a portion of its steep loss from 2013, the shift in momentum has been enough to halt the stampede of investors from gold-related funds.The price of gold has jumped 14 percent this year, towering over the nearly flat performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. The stocks of gold-mining... READ MORE

Don’t be mislead by funds’ 5-year returns

By: Stan Choe
Posted on: April 03, 2014

Fabulous can have a flip side.It’s something investors should remember as mutual funds’ five-year return figures grow more eye-popping by the day. Many funds have more than doubled over that time, but that’s due in part to the calendar hitting the five-year anniversary of the March 9, 2009 bottom for the market.That means the darkest days of the financial crisis are no... READ MORE

Computer-driven cars have big benefits

By: Joan Lowy
Posted on: March 13, 2014

In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don’t do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker.They do such a good job, in fact, that a new study says self-driving cars and trucks hold the potential to transform driving by eliminating the majority of traffic deaths,... READ MORE

Quick fixes to lower home heating costs

By: Patricia Mertz Esswein
Posted on: March 05, 2014

Your home may be your castle, but you don’t have to pay a king’s ransom to keep it warm. Here are some solutions to common problems.1. It’s cold inside If you haven’t already sealed out wintry drafts, apply weather-stripping and clear plastic film over windows, and add door sweeps.To find out where else your home is losing energy, hire an energy auditor ($250 to... READ MORE

How to find and use the best credit cards

By: Elliot Raphaelson
Posted on: February 21, 2014

For most financial institutions, extending credit (and collecting interest from the credit card holders) represents a significant portion of their income. Their objective is to develop products that will maximize their profit.Your objective, on the other hand, should be to use the credit they offer to maximize benefits for you. Here are some suggestions.First, make every effort to pay down... READ MORE

The tide is turning from bonds to stocks

By: Stan Choe
Posted on: February 15, 2014

After years of sticking with plain-vanilla bond funds, investors are starting to turn their backs on them and opt for stocks instead. The move isn’t big enough to be the “great rotation” from bonds to stocks that many experts predicted. But fund managers say more is on the way.Investors plugged $198 billion into stock mutual funds through the first 11 months of 2013.... READ MORE