Use investment losses to cut your taxes

Sure, it’s been a miserable couple of years to be a stock investor.  Since the euphoric market highs of March 2000, the stock market has been subject to frequent, gut-wrenching declines, culminating ...

The Motley Fools are living up to their names

A big Internet phenomenon during the glory days of the stock market in 1999 was the Motley Fool website. The irreverent site was started in 1997 by David and Tom Gardner, two 30-something brothers out ...

Refinancings spur a dangerous spending spree

The stock market is down, major corporations are slashing costs and employees, and yet consumers continue to spend, spend, spend.  How do they manage to keep going? Economists say much of the spending ...

Should you do something when stocks drop?

I have recently been asked by several friends, “Should the financial aftermath of the infamous terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 change my investment and financial planning?” Some investors have ...