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

Beware of the deadly sins of investing

By: Kathy Kristof
Posted on: February 07, 2014

You’ve probably heard of the seven deadly sins. Well, the investing world has its own set of deadly sins.To be a better investor, you’d do well to recognize the following missteps and learn how to overcome them.Following the herdFollowing the herd works when you shop for a product. A car or washing machine that’s performed well in the past is likely to excel in the... READ MORE

Don’t bet on a great stock market in 2014

By: Steve Rothwell
Posted on: February 05, 2014

Don’t bet your shirt on a repeat performance.That’s the message from some of the biggest U.S. investment firms as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time at the end of 2013, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index had its best year since 1997, with a gain of 29.6 percent.Although investment professionals remain optimistic, investors... READ MORE

Opening the door to discounts, freebies

By: Jamie Lee Pricer
Posted on: January 29, 2014

Editor’s note: The Coachella Valley world of discounts for seniors is too extensive to cover in one story. Look for more in future issues.Growing older has its perks.You’ve heard that before, then remember your groaning knees and creaky back and snort.But life is not all painful — take the world of senior discounts that abound in the Coachella Valley.First, you have to get ... READ MORE

Stores are getting stingy about returns

By: Kaitlin Pinsker
Posted on: January 16, 2014

As you’re double-checking your holiday shopping list, tack on a reminder to read each store’s return policy before making your purchase. Some retailers are feeling a little less generous when it comes to returns. Such stingier policies are intended to combat return fraud. Fraudulent returns cost retailers $8.9 billion in 2012, according to the National Retail Federation, $2.9 billion ... READ MORE

How to cool the cost of high heating bills

By: Jonathan Fahey
Posted on: January 11, 2014

After two years of flat or lower fuel prices, many residents will pay sharply more to heat their homes this winter, according to government forecasts. Fortunately, there are a number of ways residents can blunt the expected rise in heating bills — beyond putting on a turtleneck. Staying warm is expected to cost more because fuel prices are rising and forecasts call for cooler... READ MORE