Category: Finance

Passive investment management may be the Rodney Dangerfield of financial strategies – it gets no respect. Active investment strategies have had the spotlight so long, some investors may be surprised to find there is an alternative to stock picking, market timing and other faster-paced, more glamorous methods.

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Stocks were mixed on the final day of a volatile week.Encouraging reports onretail sales and consumer confidence lifted the major indices. The NASDAQ posted its fourth weekly gain. The S&P and Dow snapped three-day losing streaks to achieve their third positive weeks.

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U.S. stocks rose Friday amid renewed optimism over another stimulus package because of talks between House Democrats and the Trump administration. The S&P and NASDAQ had their best week since early July; the Dow had its best weekly gain since August.

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Does planning for financial aid have you feeling lost? Here’s a map. Make sure to use your PIN to check the SAR on your FAFSA and see if your EFC will qualify you for a PELL grant. Say what? If you’re having trouble navigating your way through the modern financial aid system, you’re not alone. […]

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Congress encourages Americans to save for retirement by investing in tax-deferred accounts where the earnings and certain contributions can grow free from the dilution of taxes. But eventually, the IRS wants that money out of those accounts and a percentage of it into the tax coffers.

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Stocks ended Friday’s volatile session mixed; the NASDAQ ended lower while the S&P and Dow Jones rose. The three major indices all posted steep losses for the week. The NASDAQ experienced its worst weekly decline since March.

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Increasingly popular estate planning vehicles, trusts can ensure individuals’ assets are distributed as they wish after their death and save their family time, money and paperwork. Although there are dozens of different trusts, they fall under four basic categories.

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Despite August’s positive jobs report, stocks fell Friday, and the three major indices saw steep declines for the week. The S&P experienced its worst day in nearly three months. For the week, the Dow fell 1.73 percent to close at 28,133.31. The S&P lost 2.27 percent to finish at 3,426.96, and the NASDAQ dropped 3.25 percent to end the week at 11,313.13.

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Stocks ended mostly flat on Friday, with the S&P still failing to achieve a record high. The market appeared to be treading water as investors reacted to modestly improving retail sales and stalled stimulus talks as the Senate adjourned for its August recess.

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