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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Did Oprah Plan Well Retire Well?

As the final days of the Oprah Winfrey Show quickly approach, I am reminded of being a high school senior and Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper. I was assigned the daunting task of going with one of my reporters to get the scoop on Oprah, then A.M Chicago host getting ready to go national. Needless to say, after jumping through hoops and convincing the ABC Channel 7 security guard to...

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Another way to evaluate your mutual fund: Stewardship grades

What do you look for in a mutual fund? An investment objective that matches your goals? Historical returns? Tenure of the manager? Indexing versus active management? Cost? Those are all good things. But here's another to add to your list: how well a mutual fund treats its investors. According to a...

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$4.00, $4.19, $4.39 ... fuel prices going up!

WOW! Gas prices are over $4.00 a gallon now in my town, and I spent $4.19 a gallon driving to Chicago last week. It looks like we're in for high prices for awhile. Now is a great time to rethink how and when we use our vehicles, and if there are some changes we can make to keep our costs down. Everyone has their "tricks" for saving fuel and some are more effective than others. According...

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