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January 14th, 2013

Can You Still File For Bankruptcy Online?

(George Sterling) - Online transactions should be done with utmost cautiousness as it is important for everyone to learn what they are getting into before they make any transaction on the internet. The same applies to filing for bankruptcy. If you have decided to file for bankruptcy online, you should conduct a few checks and do your homework [...]

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January 17th, 2011

What are Specialty Funds?

(Money Manager) - A specialty fund is form of mutual fund that invests primarily in a certain sector, industry, region, or security type. Also referred to as a "specialized fund," these investments do not offer the diversification that many other funds do. As a result, they are often seen as a riskier investment.

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January 10th, 2011

Mutual Fund Fees and Expenses

(Money Manager) - Although mutual funds are a great way of saving money for retirement or other goals, there are also costs involved. In some cases, the various fees and expenses associated with a mutual fund can seriously cut into its profitability, which can negatively affect your financial returns.

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December 20th, 2010

What are Index Funds?

(Money Manager) - Index funds are an investment that strives to duplicate the index of a specific financial market. They are often chosen by investors because of their low portfolio turnover, low operating expenses, and broad market exposure. The portfolio of an index fund is designed to match that of a specific market index, such as the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

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December 13th, 2010

How to Pick a Mutual Fund

(Money Manager) - If you're interested in buying a mutual fund, there are several ways to go about it. In some cases, you can purchase these funds by directly contacting a fund company. In other cases, you'll need to go through a bank, insurance agent, broker or financial planner to make your purchase.

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December 6th, 2010

What are Global and International Funds?

(Money Manager) - Global and international funds are mutual funds that focus on investments in other countries. These funds can offer more diversity than those which focus only on the investment opportunities in one's own country. However, along with the additional opportunities, there is also additional risk in the form of economic instability, political issues, and fluctuations in currency

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November 29th, 2010

Evaluating Mutual Fund Performance

(Money Manager) - Evaluating the performance of a mutual fund can sometimes be a bit confusing, especially if you are new to investing. Mutual funds often advertise high rates of return, but many times this only highlights a particularly good year. If you take a closer look, the same mutual fund may have had much lower return rates in previous years, or may have even lost money during one or more years.

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October 25th, 2010

The Defined-Benefit Plan

(Money Manager) - Defined-benefit plans have a long history, dating back to when retirement benefits were promised to those who served in the Revolutionary War. As the number of industries and companies increased, so did the popularity of these plans. Defined-benefit plans tend to provide the security of greater retirement benefits, especially for those who live many years past their retirement date.

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June 1st, 2010

What is the Teacher Retirement System?

(Money Manager) - Teacher retirement systems are offered by individual states, for the purpose of offering pension and retirement benefits to teachers and other qualifying education system employees. These systems can vary widely from state to state in the way they are funded and how the contributions are made. There are also differences in how the percentage of the teacher's final salary is calculated according to the plan and how a teacher qualifies for the pension. There are also differences in the portability of the pension benefits.

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February 19th, 2010

Do you Know the Difference between an Investment Advisor and a Broker?

(Tom Tomaj) - As a fee-only investment advisor I come across clients from all walks of life. Lately I have noticed something in common with many of these investors. Many do not know the difference between an investment advisor and a broker who manages and/or makes securities recommendations for their clients’ investment portfolios. With the almost unprecedented volatility in the securities markets, you cannot afford to dig your head in the sand when it comes to whom is managing your assets.

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