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How to Handle the Bond-Market Collapse

Most investors think stocks are riskier than bonds. Recently, that script has flipped. Here's what to do about the surprising losses from the "safe" portion of your portfolio.

How Much Does Your Money Manager Cost You?

Noted investing guru Charles Ellis talks about the challenges boomers face from high investment fees, low bond yields, uncertain stock returns, and dubious financial come-ons.

Money Terms to Know: Asset Allocation

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to growing your nest egg, so you need to understand the concept of asset allocation to get the best investment returns.

3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Retirement Income

A new report reveals the nation's dire state of retirement readiness -- and also how deflated so many people feel about their prospects. But don't just give up: Here are the three key areas where you can squeeze out more money to cover your retirement living expenses.

Suddenly, Bonds are Riskier than Stocks

Bonds have outperformed stocks over the last 30-year period, but things are changing and bonds are no longer the safe haven they once were. In fact, bonds already look overvalued, and if rock-bottom interest rates keep moving higher, bond funds could plunge.

Should You Invest Your Emergency Fund?

Smart personal finance rules dictate having an emergency savings fund set aside where you can access it fast. But do you really have to keep enough money for three to six months of expenses in a savings account where it earns almost no interest?

How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Saved Dividend Stocks

In recent years, with low interest rates devastating the returns on conservative investment options, income-hungry investors have turned more and more to dividend stocks. And had there not been a fiscal cliff deal, even that last refuge for income investors could have disappeared.

The Dangerous Problem Behind ETFs' Big Asset Surge

Thanks to their lower fees, most ETFs do better for investors than similar mutual funds, and investors have noticed: They poured $154 billion into ETFs in 2012, while yanking more than $119 billion out of stock mutual funds. Just one problem: Most of that money went into the wrong kind of ETFs.

7 Alternatives to Investing in the Stock Market

The stock market is a great investment if you have a long time horizon. But should you stick with stocks once you retire? Most financial advisers recommend cutting back on equities as you get older -- but that money has to go somewhere productive. Here are seven investment alternatives.

11 Easy and Great Ways to Save Money in 2013

With the prospect of higher taxes and federal budget cuts looming on Dec. 31, here are 11 easy ways you can save money and/or put a few extra dollars back in your pocket in 2013.