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Tips for Vetting an Investment Adviser

The Bernard Madoff scandal made a lot of people wonder if they'd checked out their brokers or advisers thoroughly enough. If you haven't gone through the steps to vet the person who's holding your hand when it comes to your investments, here's where to start.

Ask Your Broker the Question He Dreads

Here is the question your broker hopes you'll never ask: What about Bill Miller? The man once hailed as "the country's greatest mutual fund manager" for consistently beating the S&P 500 is now a Wall Street goat, and there's a vital investing lesson to be learned from his fall from grace.

Blogger's Dumb Luck Stock Index Ranks in Top 1%

The index that DailyFinance's Daniel Solin created based on stocks that started with the letters in his last name would have ranked among the top 1% of mutual funds, if it existed. The message: Don't trust investing pros who confuse skill with luck. Index mutual funds are still your best bet.

Earnings Preview: BofA, Wells and Morgan Stanley

Bank of America and Well Fargo are expected to post losses while Morgan Stanley is seen reporting a profit on Wednesday. Less certain is what the newly minted CEOs at BofA and Morgan Stanley are going to tell investors about vision and strategy.

A Broker's Nightmare? An Educated Investor

Want to invest wisely? Understand your goals and determine whether increasing your risk through more aggressive exposure is worth the upside. Advisers will focus on other things like market predictions and stock picking. Why? Because an educated investor wouldn't need them if they concentrated on what matters.