Income for life with longevity insurance

By: Dave Carpenter
Posted on: October 14, 2011

Odds are growing that you’ll live past 85. But will your money last that long? And what if you make it to 95 or 100?With life spans lengthening, those nearing retirement may want to consider financial protection to guard against the possibility of outliving their money.It’s now increasingly available in the form of longevity insurance, which usually involves giving a sum of... READ MORE

Cut cable connection to watch TV for less

By: Lisa Gerstner
Posted on: October 14, 2011

Thanks to new offerings via the Internet, viewers are increasingly catching their favorite shows free or for a fraction of what their cable company charges. And going online to view TV shows doesn’t mean you’re stuck watching programs on your computer or tablet screen. The Apple TV box ($99), for example, streams iTunes, Netflix, YouTube and some sports programming to your TV. Or you ... READ MORE

A good time to invest in discount stores

By: Mark Jewell
Posted on: October 01, 2011

The economic news is gloomy, and the stock market is a roller coaster.So where are mutual fund managers finding real values, aside from bargain-hunting among stocks with depressed prices?Top fund manager Chuck Akre sees lasting value in the stocks of three discount retailers, each with a gain of more than 20 percent this year. They’re among the top holdings in the Akre Focus Fund.The... READ MORE

Avoid scams by checking on businesses

By: Kimberly Lankford
Posted on: October 01, 2011

Q. It seems that every day I hear about someone being ripped off. Are there some good resources to help protect myself against scam artists?A. Although scam artists have been especially busy taking advantage of the economic downturn, there are resources to help you check out a company or an adviser before you become a victim — and help you file a complaint if you have a problem.Start... READ MORE

The best options for stashing your cash

By: Dave Carpenter
Posted on: September 16, 2011

Cash is king again for many unsettled investors.The crisis in confidence that has spooked investors this summer is prompting many to pull their money from the stock market, with others poised to follow.The problem is, where to park it?Here’s a look at the safest options and what you can earn on your cash.If you’re primarily concerned about limiting your risk, you’ll want... READ MORE

Cash-rich stocks to consider purchasing

By: Kathy Kristof
Posted on: September 16, 2011

Is cash king, or is cash trash? If you’re an investor, the question has never been so pertinent or pervasive.Dozens of major corporations reacted to the recession the same way consumers did. They started paying off debts and building up cash reserves.The industrial companies in Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index are now sitting on a record stockpile, estimated at $959... READ MORE