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Impact Investing: 6 Promising Funds to Consider Impact Investing: 6 Promising Funds to Consider

The following is an excerpt from RUTHIE ACKERMAN | February 18, 2012 | The Fiscal Times | Want to add a portfolio investment that delivers solid returns and a social benefit? That’s the win-win promise behind impact investing, a nascent alternative-asset class that could grow into a $1 trillion market by 2020, according to projections by JPMorgan. Coined by Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, impact ... Read More

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Dividend Investors to Get 15% Raise Dividend Investors to Get 15% Raise

The following is an excerpt from Jack Hough | March 20, 2012 | Smartmoney.com | The dollar amount of dividend payments underlying the S&P 500-stock index should increase 15% this year, according to estimates by Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P. That number might prove conservative. It takes into account dividend boosts that have already been announced, as well as anticipated announcements from companies with a long history of raising payments. It also includes Apple’s newly announced payment, which will take ... Read More

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Is it Risky to Put All My Investments With One Firm? Is it Risky to Put All My Investments With One Firm?

The following is an excerpt from SmartMoney Staff | March 21, 2012 | SmartMoney.com | Question: My wife and I are retired and in our mid-60s, and I want to consolidate all of our investments—my 401(k) and two IRAs—under one roof. Are we putting ourselves at risk if everything is at one firm? – Chuck Rosa, Shelby Township, Mich. Answer: We’re all still smarting from the collapse of major financial firms such as Bear Stearns, but experts say for most investors there’s little ... Read More

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5 Money Moves a Prudent Speculator is Making Now 5 Money Moves a Prudent Speculator is Making Now

The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Burton, MarketWatch | March 22, 2012 | The popularity of Apple Inc. is propelling growth-stock portfolios and grating bargain-seeking investors who can’t take a bite of the stock. But that doesn’t rile John Buckingham, editor of the Prudent Speculator investment newsletter and manager of the Al Frank Fund VALUX +1.38% . After all, Buckingham, a dyed-in-the-wool value investor, owns Apple shares — which he initially bought for the fund years ago when the share ... Read More

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