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The Walden files
Archives of columns and excerpts by award-winning author and columnist Gene Walden

 Investments  Strategies  Estate Planning  Rules and regs.

Rentals back on the rise
Bring your appetite
Bonds: Buyer beware
ETFs made easy
Global market

Either way there's risk: balancing risk
Dollars and conscience: ethical investing
Memo to Greenspan: Hop on the bus, Gus
Falling stars: make your fortune last
The feminine approach to investing
Shopping for a better advisor
Thwarting identity theft

Entust your estate with trusts
When the hearse pulls away
Duties of an estate executor
Leaving your best wishes behind
Passing on the family cabin (#1)
Passing on the family cabin (#2)

 Navigating the Roth Maze 
 A ruling for investors
Annuities and retirement funds

More stories coming soon.

Summaries

Bring your appetite
If you're looking for a burgeoning trend to invest in, you might consider the bulging waistline of the American consumer. We're eating more, dining out more and packing on more pounds than ever before. Our growing appetited has spawned a universe of food-investment opportunities that is expanding almost as quickly as the average American belt size. More

Trust your estate to trusts
A couple of years ago, with his close friend facing failing health, Larry Nelson lined up an attorney to help the friend craft a will to designate the beneficiaries of his estate. Nearly two years after his friend's death, the will is still tied up in probate. How can you smooth the transition for your beneficiaries? Read on

When life ends, be ready for the red tape
The duties of an estate executor
There’s nothing more final than death, but when life ends, the red tape begins.
Whether you’re planning your own estate or you’re involved in the dissolution of the estate of a friend or family member, it’s helpful to understand the duties and responsibilities of the executor or personal representative who is charged with settling the estate. More  

A ruling to protect investors--striking down the Merrill Lynch rule
In an era when the financial services industry has been accused of exploiting lax consumer protection laws to stick it to their customers, the U.S. District Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. recently struck a rare blow for the consumer. The court struck down the SEC's broker-dealer exemption law—known as the “Merrill Lynch rule”—that gave brokers many of the same benefits of a registered investment advisor (RIA) without the same obligation to serve the best interests of their clients. More

ETFs make diversification cheap and easy
If you’re looking for a quick, cheap, easy way to buy a stake in the stock market, you might consider “exchange-traded funds” (ETF). ETFs are similar to mutual funds in that they give small investors the ability to buy a diversified basket of stocks with a single purchase. But they also feature some important benefits that traditional mutual funds don’t offer.
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Finance from a feminine perspective
The investment business has long had an image as macho as the bull and bear. Wall Street was a place where men peddled securities to men. That world is slowing changing, but more women still need to take an interest in their financial well-being--95% will be in charge of their own finances at some point in their life. More

Bonds: Not always a safe harbor
With the stock market skidding through a patch of volatility reminiscent of the 1990s, suddenly the bond market may look like a good spot to stash some cash. But bonds have their own patchwork of pitfalls. In fact, whether you pick a bond or a bond mutual fund, you could be stepping into trouble unless you understand the fundamentals of the bond market.
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Shopping for a better advisor
Retirement is barreling down on Baby Boomers like a runaway tram. Many boomers are wondering how their modest nest egg can possibly bankroll two or three decades of retirement. If you’re looking for a better advisor with a greater emphasis on long-term planning, where should you turn?
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Annuities, accessing retirement funds and other reader questions
If you have money to invest, there’s an annuity out there with your name on it—at least that’s the message some advisors give their clients. But you need to weigh the pros and cons before you sign the dotted line for any of these long-term investment contracts. More on annuities and accessing your retirement funds


 




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