Scott Bernard Nelson

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Investment Options

Do Hybrid Securities Belong in Your Portfolio?

Hybrid securities are becoming increasingly common, but weigh your options before you decide to invest.

Best for Last

Retirement might be easy, but it's not free--it takes some serious saving. How much exactly? That's the million-dollar question.
Lifestyle

How Much Do You Need to Retire?

Retirement might be easy, but it's not free--it takes some serious saving. How much exactly? That's the million-dollar question.
Lifestyle

Pulled Under

Since expectations for mutual funds can be artificially sunny, consider using index funds to stay afloat.
Lifestyle

Are Long-Term Bonds Right for You?

The 30-year bond has made a comeback, but individual investors might be better off picking bonds their own size.
Lifestyle

Is It Time to Refinance?

With interest rates rising and the surge in home prices slowing down, It's time to rethink how you play the financing game.
Retirement Planning

New Retirement Plans

More choices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans mean the sky's the limit on your retirement-planning options.
Investment Options

Investing in China

China holds a host of investment possibilities. If you're thinking of making the leap, here are some smart ways to get started.
Investment Options

Should You Consider International Investments

Seeking a well-rounded portfolio? There's never been a better time to take a portion of your investments global.
Lifestyle

Reporting In

Federal law allows you to check your credit reports for free every year. Here's how to access them--and protect your credit rating.
Insurance

Getting Flood Insurance

Though costs will likely go up in the wake of the recent hurricanes, flood insurance is still a life preserver worth considering.
Personal Finance

Saving for College

Tax-free 529 college savings accounts may not stay that way, but they'll still be a smart way to plan for your child's future.
Entrepreneur Magazine

New Cop in Town

Will the new SEC chairman set you free from regulation?
Investment Options

Investing in a Hedge Fund

Hedge funds are becoming increasingly popular, despite their recent troubles. Should you dive in?
Entrepreneur Magazine

Status Quota?

Without trade quotas, U.S. textile-makers struggle.
Lifestyle

Reporting In

Federal law allows you to check your credit reports for free every year. Here's how to access them--and protect your credit rating.
Investment Options

Fees Reducing for Mutual Fund Investing

Mutual fund companies are finally beginning to reduce their fees, but you may not feel much of a difference.
Lifestyle

Investing in Wine

Thinking of investing in wine? A discerning mind is just as important as a discerning palate when considering your options.
Tax Essentials

Gain Change

New IRS guidelines make things a little easier on your home office by allowing you to defer capital gains after a move.
Insurance

Safety Net?

Insurance companies are offering plans that move beyond traditional long-term care. But do they really protect your assets?
Entrepreneur Magazine

Bottom Dollar?

Weakening U.S. currency could change how you do business.
Personal Finance

Should Your Heirs Work for Your Money?

Incentive trusts can get your heirs to jump through hoops for your money, but is one right for your family? Weigh the pros and cons.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Charity Check

Using the internet, it's easy to do a thorough job of checking up on do-gooders to make sure your money will be helping a good cause.
Tax Essentials

Wheel Charity

Fair market value is out, while the actual sale price is in for setting car-donation write-offs.
Entrepreneur Magazine

The Home Stretch

If you're looking for cash to buy a house, your retirement account could open the door.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Wrap It Up Right

Like your holiday packages, year-end finances are all about presentation--and planning.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Recipe for Disaster?

Recent storms serve as reminders to review your homeowners policy--or regret it later.
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At Your Finger TIPS

Get a hold on high inflation rates with treasury inflation-protected securities.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Don't Go Long

For fixed-income investors, low interest rates make short-term CDs the best choice.
Tax Center

Does Your Estate Plan Need a Disclaimer Provision?

Make sure your family gets what it needs by including a disclaimer provision in your estate plan.