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Investing for Income When Interest Rates are at Historic Lows

In today’s shockingly-low interest rate environment, which the Federal Reserve has pledged to maintain into 2014, it is more difficult than ever to find safe high-yielding investments. A reader writes: “I have a CD coming due and the interest rate is going to be terrible. I’ll probably just renew it at the best rate I …

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Should I buy gold?

A reader writes in to ask: “A relative has been saying that our economy is going to collapse and I should put money in gold because the world will fall back on it. What do you think about precious metals?” There has been tremendous investor interest in gold and other precious metals in recent years. …

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How My Investments Prospered in the Lost Decade

Some might wonder how I managed to retire in early 2011, after the terrible 2000’s, which many analysts have called the “lost decade.” (At the start of January 2000, the Dow index stood at 11,497. At the end of December 2010, it was less than 1% higher at 11,578. An atrocious return, even if dividends …

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3 Proven Investment Strategies

I’ve been investing for the better part of two decades now. I’ve managed a sizable portfolio through two historic bear markets and spent countless hours reading every book, blog, and article I could find on investing and personal finance. During that time I’ve examined nearly every strategy and wealth-building scheme that’s crossed my path. In …

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