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4 Steps to Finding Good, Cheap Stocks

As a new stock investor, your toughest job is finding quality, inexpensive companies to buy. You want a stock that will likely go up in the future, and you don’t want to pay too much for it now. There’s a quick way to begin, and it’s available at many brokerages: the […]

Car Negotiating Secrets for People Who Hate Haggling

A short stint as a car salesman taught me that dealers are pros who negotiate all day for a living — and they always have the home field advantage. Later, while buying dozens of test vehicles for an automotive website, I was on the other side of negotiations, and experienced […]

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What Makes 401(k) Loans Risky?

Congress has decreed that people should have more time to pay back their 401(k) loans if they lose or leave their jobs. That extension isn’t enough to make 401(k) loans safe, though. You’re still risking your retirement security every time you take money out of your plan. Loans from 401(k)s […]

3 Ways to Screw Up Your Investment Portfolio

Sometimes the best way to succeed is simply to avoid doing the things that lead to failure. That’s the approach of legendary investor Charlie Munger, who counsels “Invert, always invert.” In other words, find the ways you might screw up your investment portfolio — and then never do them. With that […]

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What to Do If Your W-2 Is MIA

By now, you should have your hands on probably the most important tax form this filing season: your W-2. Formally called the “Wage and Tax Statement,” it’s a boxy-looking beauty that details compensation from an employer. Generally, every employer that paid you at least $ 600 in 2017 has to send you a W-2 by […]

How to Keep Your Tax Preparer From Hating You

Tax preparers are a hot commodity this time of year, but sometimes their clients drive them crazy with habits they say are over the line. Here are a few ways you can be less taxing to your tax pro. Don’t wait until March to make an appointment Why it’s annoying: […]

How to Keep Your Cool in This Stock Market Sell-Off

A sell-off in the U.S. stock market that began last week worsened on Monday, as the major indexes wiped out their year-to-date gains. Since hitting a record high on Jan. 26, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index has fallen 8.5%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 1,100 points […]

Mortgage Rates Friday: Rising Sharply in Strong Economy

The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage jumped 11 basis points, the rate for the 15-year fixed rose 10 basis points and the 5/1 ARM stepped upward by three basis points, according to a NerdWallet survey of daily mortgage rates published Friday by national lenders. The average rate on the 30-year fixed […]