Fees may affect credit/debit card choice

By: Candice Choi
Posted on: December 06, 2010

The customer isn't always king. Sometimes he's just a pawn.The feud over the so-called "swipe fees" that retail merchants pay banks when customers use credit and debit cards is reaching a crescendo, and will likely hit registers in coming months.Both sides — merchants and card issuers — insist they're fighting for the best interests of the consumer. At... READ MORE

The five best stock funds to hold in 2011

By: Steven T. Goldberg
Posted on: December 06, 2010

After the wretched stock market returns of the past decade, you can hardly fault older investors — especially those whose investment horizon is not measured in decades — for shunning stocks and seeking shelter in bond funds and bank certificates of deposits.But with CD yields at microscopic levels, and inflation and interest rates highly likely to rise in the near future,... READ MORE

Immediate annuities offer peace of mind

By: Humberto Cruz
Posted on: November 19, 2010

For the past 10 years, my pension check has been deposited directly into my checking account the first day of each month. It’ll keep coming until both my wife, Georgina, and I have died.On or about the second Wednesday — the first time was Aug. 11, after she turned 66 — Georgina’s Social Security payment also gets direct-deposited. Mine will start coming next year... READ MORE

The best ways to invest in bonds today

By: Steven T. Goldberg
Posted on: November 19, 2010

Long-term, high-quality bonds have had an incredible run.Over the past 10 years, while stocks were going nowhere, the Vanguard Long-Term Treasury Bond fund returned an annualized 8 percent. Over the past three years, the fund returned an annualized 11 percent.This year, through mid-October, the fund returned almost 20 percent. In fact, Treasuries have been on a tear since 1981 when yields... READ MORE

Seniors angry over no Social Security raise

By: Stephen Ohlemacher
Posted on: November 03, 2010

Another year without an increase in Social Security retirement and disability benefits is creating a political backlash that has President Barack Obama and Democrats pushing to give a $250 bonus to each of the program’s 58 million recipients.The Social Security Administration said inflation has been too low since the last increase in 2009 to warrant a raise for 2011. The Oct. 15... READ MORE

The best ways to invest in bonds today

By: Steven T. Goldberg
Posted on: November 03, 2010

Long-term, high-quality bonds have had an incredible run.Over the past 10 years, while stocks were going nowhere, the Vanguard Long-Term Treasury Bond fund returned an annualized 8 percent. Over the past three years, the fund returned an annualized 11 percent.This year, through mid-October, the fund returned almost 20 percent. In fact, Treasuries have been on a tear since 1981 when yields... READ MORE