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Who's Watching Your Money

  • Is Your Money Safe?
    By: Mark Koba
    Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 11:10 AM ET

    Many sectors of the financial industry saw their prestige crumble after the economic crisis of 2007-2009.  From bankers to insurance brokers to mutual fund and wealth managers, public confidence in their investing know-how nearly collapsed—leaving consumers wondering if their money was safe.

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  • Hollywood’s version of estate planning is a power play from beyond the grave — the dearly departed’s chance to get even, or finally tell the relatives exactly what he thought of them. But here’s another possibility: Maybe the old geezer was scared to talk directly to his loved ones about his estate.

  • When Having a Financial Adviser Makes Sense Saturday, 29 Sep 2012 | 11:10 AM ET
    Businessman reaching for life-preserver

    With so much volatility around the globe, investors are confused about the direction they should take in their investment decisions. Yet that is when having a financial adviser may make the most sense.

  • 10 Things You Should Know About Your Financial Adviser Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 3:11 PM ET

    Choosing an adviser could be the most important financial decision you make in your lifetime, so be thorough and smart.

  • Your Bank Accounts: Are They Really Insured? Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 3:53 PM ET
    Bank Vault

    Banks once offered simple checking and savings accounts. Now they offer brokerage accounts and other financial products. How do you know what's FDIC-insured?

  • What You Should Know About Your Spouse’s Money Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | 3:13 PM ET

    Financial stress is the most commonly cited cause of divorce in the U.S.  So if you want to protect your union, make open and honest financial planning a priority. Here's how.

  • How the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Could Hurt Married Couples Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 3:10 PM ET

    There are many financial perks that come with being married. Filing taxes generally isn’t one of them.

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