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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Overseas Investing and Volatility

I’m working on two books simultaneously so it’s been tough finding time to write on the blog, but today’s drop in the stock market prompted me to post an observation. I’m not worried about Wall Street’s temporary tantrum because these sorts of things happen every now and then. Actually, the Wall Street panic should make […]

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How to Find a Great Financial Advisor

Dear Lynn, I believe in one of your columns you made a recommendation on how to find the best “fee only” certified financial planners. Can you give me the website or archives with that column? Or a listing of them in the San Diego area? I miss your column in the Union Tribune, but do […]

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Finding Cheap Airline Seats

When I book airline tickets, I always wonder if the price will drop after I buy them. Should I wait a few days in hopes of saving money or should I just bite the bullet and move on? A new web site called FareCast.com aims to help travelers who hate to pay too much. The […]

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The No. 1 Threat to Your Portfolio

Every year Dalbar , Inc., a financial services firm in Boston, conducts a study on the investing acumen of typical Americans. Usually, the results are appalling. In this year’s study, which was released this week, investors fared much better than usual. In 2006, the average stock fund investor generated a return of 14.7%, while the […]

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The Pros and Cons of Fundamental Investing

I get a lot of questions about index funds from over the years because readers know that I am a huge advocate of index funds. Over the long run, they provide low-cost superior returns compared to other mutual funds. What I haven’t written about before, however, is fundamental indexing. This new type of indexing has […]

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Best Fourth of July Picnic

Last month, I wrote a column for the San Diego Union-Tribune on how people can save money by cooking wholesome dinners instead of buying the sort of food that you zap in the microwave. My editor didn’t like the column because he thought it belonged in the food section. I argued that shrinking grocery bills […]

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Where the Heck is Lynn O'Shaughnessy's Column?

Starting today, the San Diego Union-Tribune replaced my investing column with one that Michelle Singletary writes. The newspaper’s motivation, as I explained previously, was to save money. If you miss my writing, however, there is no reason why you can’t keep reading my column too since I’ve moved it online. Just click on the “This […]

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