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Scott Bernard Nelson

30 Recent Stories

Do Hybrid Securities Belong in Your Portfolio?

Hybrid securities are becoming increasingly common, but weigh your options before you decide to invest.
September 1, 2006 in Investment Options

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.
August 1, 2006

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.
August 1, 2006 in Lifestyle

Pulled Under

Since expectations for mutual funds can be artificially sunny, consider using index funds to stay afloat.
July 1, 2006 in 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.
June 1, 2006 in 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.
May 1, 2006 in Lifestyle

New Retirement Plans

More choices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans mean the sky's the limit on your retirement-planning options.
April 1, 2006 in Retirement Planning

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.
February 1, 2006 in 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.
January 1, 2006 in Investment Options

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.
December 13, 2005 in Lifestyle

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.
December 1, 2005 in Insurance

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.
November 1, 2005 in Personal Finance

New Cop in Town

Will the new SEC chairman set you free from regulation?
November 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Investing in a Hedge Fund

Hedge funds are becoming increasingly popular, despite their recent troubles. Should you dive in?
October 1, 2005 in Investment Options

Status Quota?

Without trade quotas, U.S. textile-makers struggle.
September 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

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.
September 1, 2005 in Lifestyle

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.
August 1, 2005 in Investment Options

Investing in Wine

Thinking of investing in wine? A discerning mind is just as important as a discerning palate when considering your options.
July 1, 2005 in Lifestyle

Gain Change

New IRS guidelines make things a little easier on your home office by allowing you to defer capital gains after a move.
June 1, 2005 in Tax Essentials

Safety Net?

Insurance companies are offering plans that move beyond traditional long-term care. But do they really protect your assets?
May 1, 2005 in Insurance

Bottom Dollar?

Weakening U.S. currency could change how you do business.
April 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

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.
April 1, 2005 in Personal Finance

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.
March 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Wheel Charity

Fair market value is out, while the actual sale price is in for setting car-donation write-offs.
February 1, 2005 in Tax Essentials

The Home Stretch

If you're looking for cash to buy a house, your retirement account could open the door.
January 1, 2005 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Wrap It Up Right

Like your holiday packages, year-end finances are all about presentation--and planning.
December 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Recipe for Disaster?

Recent storms serve as reminders to review your homeowners policy--or regret it later.
November 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

At Your Finger TIPS

Get a hold on high inflation rates with treasury inflation-protected securities.
October 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Don't Go Long

For fixed-income investors, low interest rates make short-term CDs the best choice.
September 1, 2004 in Entrepreneur Magazine

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.
August 1, 2004 in Tax Center