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  • Silver Prices Surging on Near-Record Demand Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 9:56 AM ET

    Silver prices have soared 60 percent in 2010, driven in large part by a strong investment demand, particularly strong buying of exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, backed by the physical metal.

  • Investors Must Take Advantage of Tax Rates Now: Pro Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 11:22 AM ET

    Investors must take advantage of the lower rates now because of uncertainty over whether  the Bush-era tax cuts will be extended, Tim Speiss, head of the personal wealth advisory practice at EisnerAmper LLP told CNBC.

  • Making end-of-the-year tax decisions is always a tricky business for investors, but even more so this year considering the lack of certainty over levies on dividends, capital gains and ordinary income.

  • Winning Consumer Stocks in China Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 2:58 AM ET

    With the explosive growth in China’s disposable income, Aadil Ebrahim, MD of Bowen Capital Management is betting on the mainland’s homegrown consumer stocks.

  • Money Woes Can Be Early Clue to Alzheimer’s Sunday, 31 Oct 2010 | 9:02 AM ET

    New research shows that one of the first signs of impending dementia is an inability to understand money and credit, contracts and agreements., reports the New York Times.

  • Making Do With Less is the 'New Retirement' Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 12:28 PM ET

    Longer life expectancies, rising health-care costs and dwindling investment portfolios could be devastating to the personal finances of pre-retirees, unless serious changes are made in retirement planning.  Welcome to the new retirement normal.

  • Bank of America and GMAC are firing up their formidable foreclosure machines again, after a brief pause, but homeowners are asking why lenders often balk at short sales. The New York Times reports.

  • Credit Cards Soon to Get a Makeover Friday, 22 Oct 2010 | 7:01 AM ET

    Next month, Citibank will begin testing a card that has two buttons that allow users to choose whether they pay with rewards points or credit. The New York Times reports.

  • Gold Now Fits Into Retirement Portfolio Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 3:01 PM ET
    Gold bars

    Wear it. Collect it. Store it. Retire on it? A new use for gold.

  • Can Gold Continue Its Bull-ion Run? Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 4:52 AM ET

    Gold prices  are expected to  rally  further in the medium term, forecasts Jim Copland, mining analyst at Macquarie Funds Group, as the precious metal racked up its eighth consecutive quarterly gain.

  • The smart young savers in Kimberly Britt's first grade class at Richland Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee may not be able to spell "entrepreneur" yet, but she's teaching each one of them how they can become one.

  • Lawmakers Take Steps to Protect Gold Investors Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 1:12 PM ET

    As gold tops $1,300 an ounce, lawmakers in Washington are aiming to ensure that consumers don't get trounced by bad gold deals.

  • A growing number of people in their 50s and 60s who desperately want or need to work to pay for retirement are starting to worry that they may be discarded from the work force — forever.

  • How Much Will You Owe? Tax Plans Compared Saturday, 18 Sep 2010 | 1:57 PM ET

    In the debate over the effect of the expiring Bush tax cuts on small business, it’s already possible to do the math. And the Obama administration is pointing to the tax savings that all small-business owners would reap from its own plan to extend the cuts at all but the highest income levels — if, that is, the alternative is letting the cuts expire altogether.

  • Rethinking Investments After a Flight to Security Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 | 10:49 AM ET

    Shaken by what seemed to be an earthquake in the world’s financial markets two years ago, millions of retirees fled to safety, shifting their holdings into safer investments. What should they do now? The NYT reports.

  • Retirement on Hold: American Workers $6 Trillion Short Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 7:00 AM ET

    A new study by Boston College's Center for Retirement Research says Americans are $6.6 trillion short of what they need to retire.

  • Investors are not playing the stock market game with confidence like they used to, mainly because the game of making money has gotten tougher and more volatile since the financial crisis. Retail investors are buying fewer stocks.  Instead, they're moving into safer investments, like cash and bonds.

  • While investors favor mutual funds with four-or five-star ratings, there may be hidden gems in some of the lower-rated funds. “Just because a fund’s been underperforming doesn’t mean it’s not worth owning,’’ says one pro.

  • What to Do With Your 'Old' 401(k) Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | 8:06 PM ET

    It probably makes sense to convert your old 401 (k) to a Roth IRA  if you think you're going to be in a higher tax bracket later and you have the money to pay the taxes you'll incur with the conversion.

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