Real estate prices can move sharply in both directions, providing an opportunity for savvy investors. Capitalizing on those opportunities, however, is difficult. For most, a house should be thought of primarily as a roof over your head and a great place to raise the kids.
In early February, investors withdrew record amounts from U.S. stock mutual funds, as fears spread over declining global growth, stubborn unemployment, and political and economic troubles in emerging markets. Such turbulence highlights the role safe bonds can play in a portfolio.
The NCAA Basketball “March Madness” Tournament offers plenty of investment parallels. After the entries are submitted and the tournament is completed, a winner is crowned. Does the “winner” have more skill than others – or is it just luck?
The cost of a college education continues to rise faster than general inflation, making saving for a child’s future education a daunting task. Fortunately, state-sponsored college savings programs known as “529 plans” help families meet this challenge.