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Cramer Explains: The 3 Troubles With Target-Date Funds

Target-date funds are probably better than defaulting to a money market fund or throwing darts to pick your 401(k) options. But like any heavily hyped investment, these things are flawed. Extremely flawed. Let me count the ways:

Choosing a College: Which Schools Offer the Best Return on Investment?

Collegians are having to become more careful consumers, as high-quality jobs become scarce and interest rates on student loans are set to increase. A comparison of the average return on investment for over 1,200 American colleges and universities offers some clues on how to choose.

This Investment Has a Guaranteed 10% Return

The stock market has bounced back from its crisis lows -- but you never can tell which way it'll go. Bonds look steady -- but they're actually a guaranteed way to make your money shrink slowly. There is, however, a place most of us can put more cash that is sure to outpace the market.

Investing Error: Don't Use Stocks as an Inflation Hedge

You%u2019ve heard it so often you can probably repeat it in your sleep: Equities are the best protection against inflation. But academic research establishes clearly that it just isn't so: Stocks aren't a good hedge against inflation at all, particularly high inflation.

Could This Radical College Change the World Economy?

At EARTH University, students don't produce papers. They produce produce -- organically grown crops they harvest and sell -- along with other entrepreneurial agricultural products. Is this hands-on education in working the soil and changing the world a model for a better future.

Should the Government Give Colleges Value Report Cards?

More students and parents are approaching higher education like any other big investment -- one that requires serious research. Trouble is, the data can be hard to find -- and what's available isn't always trustworthy. Should Washington step in?

The Best Place to Put Cash: Extra Mortgage Payments

Eenie, meenie, miney, moe -- where should my cash savings go? That's the riddle many Americans are trying to figure out these days. After the necessities are taken care of, it's time to choose: mattress, stock market or mortgage? Do the math and the answer is clear.

The 10 Best-Paid CEOs: Which Are Worth the Money?

Each year, any number of organizations publish lists of America's highest paid CEOs. But the real question is: How many of them can be said to have earned those gigantic pay packages. 24/7 Wall St. dug into the numbers to find out.

Easier Money: Stock Investing Is for Wusses

In a volatile market, some people opine that stock investing isn't for wusses. But when you look beyond the potential scariness of the roller coaster ride, it's actually a money-making option that's hard to beat. In fact, considering the alternatives, stocks are perfect for wusses.

Why Even the Wealthiest 1% Are Fed Up With Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street crowd has plenty of reasons to complain about how the big financial institutions treat Main Street America. But you'll be shocked to find out how poorly the masters of the investment world treat their richest clients. Multimillionaire and ex-CEO Al Checchi pulls back the curtain.

Michael Moore's Money Advice Will Leave You Poorer

Filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore has joined the Occupy Wall Street movement, and his tirades against corporate greed, bailouts for bankers, unemployment are all mostly accurate and on point -- but when he says "the 99%" should stay out of the markets, he's giving terrible financial advice.

Investing in Comic Books for Fun and Profit: Super, Man!

Why not let a superhero save you from the evil economy? Investing in comic books can be a recession-proof path to steady returns, according to experts at last weekend's New York Comic Con. Just don't let ignorance be your kryptonite.

Harvard Endowment Has an Excellent Year

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." He was right: The rich get better returns on investment. The Harvard endowment rose 21.4% to $32 billion in the university's fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

Young Real Estate Investor Seeks Best Use for Cash

Andy Buman has been financially responsible, and invested wisely in two rental properties and a home of his own in the Omaha, Neb., area. His small real estate empire is doing well, and he has saved an extra $20,000. His question for DailyFinance's Laura Rowley: Which loan should he apply it to for the best return?

Private School ROI: Is the High Tuition Worth it?

Bruce Watson recently took a look at the rising cost of private high school tuition. Can you bank on getting a strong return on investment from sending your teen to one? Depends on how you measure.

Retirement Savings Basics: The 411 on 401(k)s

Saving for retirement is one of those things that can be hard to take seriously when you're young. But it's worth starting early, and DailyFinance wants to help. In this first installment of a three-part series, reporter Loren Berlin reviews how to get the most out of a 401(k).