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For this special Halloween edition of On The Money's Web Extra, Carmen has advice to allay all your fears -- the past, present and future financial "demons."
If I need the money, should I dip into my pension now or wait until it matures?
My retirement account is in a stable fund. Should I move it back to equities now or wait for the smoke to clear?
iPods, iPhones ... iBonds? The pros and cons of newly fashionable inflation bonds.
Is it time to pull out of a 529 that has lost half its value?
One viewer asks: Should I be putting my savings back into play? After all, things can't get much worse than they are now...can they?
How this approach could pay off for your investments.
We all know how we got into the situation we're in now -- overextended credit, bad mortgages, unethical trading practices on Wall Street. But it's time to move on, rebuild your life and to even thrive. The first step is to take a realistic and honest look at the decisions you make now and in the months to come.
In Friday's Web Extra, Carmen is joined by psychiatrist Janet Taylor as they examine the difficulties in discussing money with your children -- especially if it involves scaling back the fixtures of lifestyle they're comfortable with: toys, gadgets, perhaps even as drastic as a down-sizing of the family home.
In Thursday's Web Extra, Carmen continues with some advice on the recurring theme of the week: protecting your retirement nest egg.
A large percentage of you voted in yesterday's poll that "you're excited to ride the investing shockwave." Before jumping in or continuing the wild ride, Carmen warns, its essential to be extremely cautious if your investments involve retirement savings -- especially given the current market volatility.
Think talking about the birds and the bees with your kids is hard? Parents these days are finding that talking to them about money can be even harder. This economic downturn may come as a bit of a shock to an entire generation of children and teens who have developed a sense of "entitlement" and are used to having the latest toys, gadgets, cars and fashions. When you face tough times, how do you tell your kids that they may have to give up some of the things they've taken for granted?
These days, we're being hit on all sides -- unemployment, foreclosures, the rising cost of living and the unsettling future of dwindling pensions and retirement plans. Now it's more important than ever to be smart and have the courage to learn as much as you can about your "mini economy" so that you can formulate and maintain a plan for your financial security.
In recent years, many retirement experts have been giving the same unwelcome advice: American workers who are not as rich as Warren E. Buffett should retire three or so years later than they had planned — to ensure that they have a large enough nest egg, said the New York Times.
An emotional caller asks Carmen to help her allocate her investments in this web-exclusive video.
What you need to know in order to deduct your losses in the stock market.
Our panel of experts explain what to pay attention to -- and what's worth forgetting -- in this rollercoaster of an environment.
Watch the exclusive video to see what Carmen has to say.
Marc Hedlund has three ideas for how we can all prepare for tougher times ahead.
There are several talks that are difficult to have with your children. A serious talk about money is no different.
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