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Tribune staff reporterWhen you need a doctor, you won't want to lie in your sick bed without one. So as you save for retirement, don't forget to factor in the doctor, the hospital and your prescription drugs. And brace yourself for what they will cost you. Although many...
Tribune staff reporterQ: You suggest in your book that a person in his 40s could invest 26 percent of a 401(k) in international stock mutual funds. In a column in November, you warned people about emerging market funds. Do you still feel that 26 percent in international...
Tribune staff reporterYour emerging-market fund might have climbed 50 percent during the last 12 months, but that doesn't mean it will be immune from the interest rate worries, housing woes and subprime mortgage angst that have tainted U.S. stocks recently. Asia, Africa and...
Tribune staff reporterIf you have just finished applying for financial aid for a college student, you might have a few gray hairs. Filling out a FAFSA--the form required for obtaining low-interest federal loans and college grants and scholarships--is a grueling process. It'...
Tribune staff reporterAn opportunity to buy emerging-market stocks is likely to surface within a few weeks as nervous investors continue to flee from risky stocks, experts say. But analysts are warning investors not to be too eager to overindulge now. With emerging markets...
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Tribune staff reporterQ: I, and my fellow retirees, don't want to hear any more buy-and-hold garbage from advisers. We don't want sermons on 11 percent annual returns in the stock market. We know that when the Nasdaq goes down, 90 percent of mutual funds also go down. Yet we...
Tribune staff reporterQ: I have only $20,000 saved for retirement and am 50 years old. I know I have to get going, but my head is swimming with things I have heard about a deferred compensation plan and a 403(b) variable annuity at work. I'm a teacher, and can use either of...
Tribune staff reporterWant an easy 30 to 60 bucks? Then don't miss asking for it when you do your taxes, and don't just rely on a tax preparer to get it for you. About 30 percent of taxpayers are missing out on the simple $30 to $60 refund, according to the Internal...
Tribune staff reporterFor two years, market watchers have been nagging investors to be careful about overdosing on small-company stocks, and to stop shunning large companies. But those who listened regretted it, as the smaller stocks continued to outperform--until recently....
Tribune staff reporterPerhaps nowhere has investing become more confusing than in foreign markets. With the aid of the falling dollar and an ongoing overseas economic growth spurt, international investing has been kind to investors. International stock mutual funds have...
Now what? With the economy in a recession and most experts predicting that the worst lies ahead, deciding what to do with your money seems overwhelming. Many market strategists are urging investors to remain cautious with investments, yet there are...
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