By the Numbers: Safe, Smart Stock Investing

Finding solid companies offering real value isn't easy. It takes hard work and a keen eye for numbers. A free stock screener like those at www.msn.com or www.reuters.com can help you separate the wheat from the chaff in short order. Here are three tips for making use...

Breaking the Money-Making Habit

Making money is habit-forming. That's a good thing - because it makes it easier to keep working. But it's a bad thing too - because it makes it harder to stop when you want to stop. What compounds the problem is that most people increase the cost of their lifestyles...

Flying With the “Gold Bugs”

In a recent issue of Reality Check, Gary North reminded his readers that he has been recommending gold for more than four years. Bill Bonner, editor emeritus of Daily Reckoning, has "nagged" his readers to buy gold for the last three years. Gary chastises those who...

Cashing Out and Heading to More Affordable Pastures

A neighbor of mine is selling his $725,000 home (worth about $200,000 six years ago.) He won't stay in South Florida because, if he wants a comparable home, he'll have to pay ... well, about $725,000. And since his new tax bill would be based on his new purchase...

Did He Really Think I Was That Stupid?

After Hurricane Wilma opened the roof to our office, we had to gut and rebuild the place. But before we could begin reconstruction, the building needed to be dried out so that mold wouldn't appear and destroy the new work. I called Stanley Steemer for a quote on...

Thoughts on Paying for College

I was a screw-up in high school, and so my college choices were very limited. As I remember, it was either the local two-year community college or the college of Vietnam. I chose the community school. My entire college costs, including tuition at $400 per semester,...

Escaping Debt But Not the Guilt

Picked up the phone in my above-garage office - something I almost never do. (My time there is meant to be devoted to writing fiction.) A lady on the line first asked for K and then for K's husband. She told me we were past-due on a cable bill. "But we don't have...

11 Stunning Market Predictions for 2006

If you want to know where NOT to put your money every year ... just pick up a basket of financial magazines in December. Every single one will have a cover story about the hottest sectors and the hottest stocks for the year ahead. And if you go back and look at them a...

The only way to guarantee financial independence

Today, you are going to make a commitment to make more money. That doesn't sound like a bad idea, does it? If you are ambivalent (see Word to the Wise, below), consider this: The only way to be truly independent - to not have to rely on relatives, friends, and the...

Prescription for Wealth Starts With a Financial Check-Up

Quick ... what's your favorite food? When is your birthday? Who won the World Series? What's your personal net worth? Okay, so the first three were gimmes. But that last question wasn't. And not knowing the answer to it can spell the difference between success and...

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