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Cash Management

Retirement Watch editor Bob Carlson discusses the importance of managing your cash well

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The Cost of Holding Cash

February 17, 2012

A bull market mantra was “cash is trash,” meaning that investors shouldn’t have any of their portfolios in cash when stocks are rising by double digits each year. That was the mantra even when money market funds were yielding 4% and higher. Now, there’s an even stronger argument to limit your cash holdings. Money market […]

Taking a Close Look at Enhanced CDs

February 16, 2012

The Fed’s zero interest rate policy causes safety-first, income-seeking investors to consider investments they wouldn’t have paid any attention to a few years ago. One of those is the derivative CD, which goes under a number of different names. Basically it promises to give you a return, if any, tied to an investment or index. […]

Seeking Higher Yields for Safe Cash

August 1, 2011

The Federal Reserve is punishing savers. People who set money aside in safe, secure, liquid investments are losing purchasing power. The Fed is keeping short-term interest rates near zero. That means real yields (after inflation and taxes) are less than zero. Low interest rates aren’t good for some financial firms either. Yields on money market […]

Taking a Close Look at Money Market Funds

June 28, 2011

Money market funds are in the news again. Since their development in the 1970s, money market funds were considered ultra-safe places to store cash. Most investors considered them to be like cash that pays interest. Their net asset values always were $1.00. That changed in 2008 when the Reserve money market funds revealed they owned […]

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Playing the New Credit Card Games

January 1, 2011

Congress passed a couple of laws to save you from being ravaged by credit card issuers and banks. In late 2009 there was the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act to restrict credit card fees and interest rates. In the Fall of 2010 there was the financial reform law. Not surprisingly, banks and credit […]

Building a Retirement Income Stream

December 1, 2010

Maintaining Retirement income is the top priority of more and more retirees. As retirement nears their investment focus shifts from increasing the value of a portfolio to replacing their income stream. With baby boomers entering their retirement years, interest in managing retirement income is, well, booming. The potential for significant capital gains doesn’t interest investors […]

Checking the Alternatives to Your Bank

June 1, 2010

The cost of banking is rising. Banks lost a lot of money the last few years. They are making it back with higher fees and new fees on checking accounts. You easily could be paying a few hundred dollars a year in bank fees. That can work out to a pretty high percentage of your […]

Choosing the Portfolios That Work for You

March 1, 2010

One of the most frequent requests from readers is for advice about which of my recommended portfolios they should follow. The short answer is that most of you should follow more than one portfolio. Here’s why. Retirement is likely to last a long time for most of you. There will be several phases to your […]

March 2021:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.
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