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Dan Solin | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

You don't trust the securities industry. You can't forget it was these "investment gurus" who brought us to the brink of a worldwide depression. If they can't manage their own money, what qualifies them to manage yours?

The Misguided Search for the "Winning" Mutual Fund

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

As investors, you need to screen out mutual fund screens and ignore past performance. Investing based on these factors is harmful to your financial wealth.

Investors Continue to Buy Underperforming Funds

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

I have a cushy job for you. You will be the fund manager of a mutual fund. Its benchmark index is the S&P 500. All you have to do is beat that index and you will be handsomely rewarded. How difficult can this be?

SEC Probing Mutual Funds Over Muni Bonds

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. securities regulators are probing whether some mutual funds have overstated the value of thinly traded risky municipal bonds at a time when ...

The Four Most Dangerous Words to Your Portfolio

Manisha Thakor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Manisha Thakor

"How Should I Invest?" are the four most dangerous words to your portfolio. The answer to that question is often given as if one size fits all, when it's anything but.

Insider Trading Probe Leads Investors To Wonder: Is The Market Rigged?

AP | RACHEL BECK, BERNARD CONDON and PALLAVI GOGOI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The Wall Street insider trading investigation may lead everyday investors – already rattled by a stock market meltdown, a one-day "flas...

Investors Fell In Love With Bonds Again In 2010

AP | MARK JEWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BOSTON — Mutual fund investors were buying stock funds at the end of 2010. But they were trying to avoid risk through most of the year, as bond fund...

Fund Investors Slowly Returning To Stocks

AP | MARK JEWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BOSTON — It appears investors are beginning to get comfortable with risk again. Not only are they pulling money out of bond mutual funds at the ...

END OF CHEAP CREDIT? Surge Of Money From Bonds Could Hurt Lending

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (AP, Matthew Craft) -- Americans are leaving bond mutual funds at the fastest rate in more than two years. U.S. investors pulled $8.6 bill...

Gross Returns for Bill Gross

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

You would think if anyone could run an actively managed total return fund, it would be Mr. Gross. I assume that was precisely the thinking that made PIMCO's Total Return Fund so successful in attracting assets. So, what happened?

10 Investing Facts You Probably Don't Know -- But Should

Daily Finance | Daniel Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The securities industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year in advertising, but that doesn't mean the general public is getting the straight...

Small U.S. Investors Pull $33.12 Billion From Mutual Funds

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Investors withdrew a staggering $33.12 billion from domestic stock market mutual funds in the first seven months of this year, according to the Invest...

HOUSE ADVANTAGE: Banks Shared Clients' Profits, But Not Losses During Meltdown

New York Times | Louise Story | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

JPMorgan Chase & Company has a proposition for the mutual funds and pension funds that oversee many Americans' savings: Heads, we win together. Tails,...

Work Until You're Dead? That May Be the Only Option for Many Americans

Jane White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jane White

Many Americans are likely to have to work until they are dead, not as a result of Social Security shortfalls but because of their inadequate 401(k) savings or the fact that they have no retirement plan at all.

Why Your 401K Plan May Be Overpriced

Time | Stephen Gandel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Boston College's Center for Retirement Research Center has a study out this month about the cost of 401(k) plans, and they have found another flaw in ...

What In the World is Going On with Stocks?

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Larry Gellman

The stock market seemed to be in sync with the improving economy until Tuesday when, without warning, the bottom dropped out and full blown panic set in.

Mutual Funds Post Negative Returns In Second Quarter

AP | TIM PARADIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The minus signs are back. Investors still feeling bruised by the terrible mutual fund returns of 2008 and early 2009 can expect to b...

Misadventures in Collateralized Debt Obligations | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ and ERIC DASH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

But now, after so much financial pain, Wall Street is nervously tallying the potential legal costs from its misadventures in collateralized debt obli...

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

'The Road From Ruin': 10 Ways You Can Fix The Economy And Build Popular Capitalism

Michael Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Green

It will not be easy for ordinary citizens to defeat the entrenched interests on Wall Street and in Washington, but things certainly won't change unless we take up the challenge.

The Current Economic Crisis - Is Islamic Finance a Solution?

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Parvez Ahmed

Islamic finance has a role to play in the world of finance. But to do so, it will have to engage in developing a more holistic vision that will resonate with all people of conscience, not just Muslims.

The SEC Wants To Know How Hedge Funds Are Using Deriavtives

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


Fidelity President Rodger Lawson To Retire

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BOSTON (Mark, Jewell AP) -- Fidelity Investments President Rodger Lawson is retiring at the end of March after two-and-a-half years reorganizing a com...

The Risk of Not Understanding Risk Adjusted Returns

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

If a fund takes more risk, it is more volatile and the potential for loss is increased, but the fund should yield greater returns. How can you tell how much risk your actively managed fund is taking?

Postage and Other Economic Outrages Against Soldiers

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
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Don McNay

America ships soldiers off to Afghanistan and Iraq for free. If you come back in a body bag, they ship that back for free, too. However, we make families who send soldiers socks, food and underwear pay shipping costs.