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The Right Way to Start the College Search

I graduated from college back in 1978, but I’ve got college on my brain every day because of the college book that I’m writing. My desk and the couch in my office are covered with stacks and stacks of college material that I’ve gathered from my interviews, as well as from such places as The […]

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The Latest From Alan Greenspan

Someone at The Wall Street Journal got a jump on the competition when it found a copy of Alan Greenspan’s new book in a New York area bookstore. The newspaper was so delighted by its find that its article about the book, The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New Word, was the lead story […]

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Take a Deep Breath!

When I read what’s been happening in the financial markets lately, I’m embarrassed to be a financial journalist. Actually, it’s not Wall Street’s behavior that embarrasses me, it’s the way it’s being covered. Why do journalists insist on covering the market as if it’s a horse race? It’s not. People who are invested in stocks […]

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Best CD Rates

You might assume that there is nothing good to say about the subprime mortgage meltdown that has triggered heartbreaking personal tragedies across the country. I assumed the same thing, which was why I was surprised to learn from The Wall Street Journal yesterday that there is one pleasant side to the financial heartbreak. Some of […]

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This Isn't the End of the World

I have never seen any statistics about the percentage of Americans, who catastrophize. These are the people who tend to tear themselves apart about setbacks, or even imaginary setbacks, which makes them seem far worse than they are. I am one of those people. When my daughter started driving, I worried a lot about her […]

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Using Retirement Calculators

If you ever fiddled around with an online retirement calculator, you may have felt uneasy with the results. That’s because these calculators, as imperfect as they are, will generate meaningless results if the calculations are based on faulty assumptions. Of course, we are the weak links since we’re stuck providing those assumptions. T. Rowe Price, […]

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Perspective on Today’s Crazy Market

For a couple of days last week, the stock markets seemed to be behaving as if it was suffering from some horrible chronic illness. But then Wall Street bounced back and behaved as if the problem had just been a hang nail. Today, the market has crawled back in bed. For all of us invested […]

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