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  1. Investing Insights: Netflix, Microsoft, 401(k) Loans, & More

    This week's news from Investing Insights, including Netflix's earnings, Microsoft's dividend, the economic outlook in China, and more.

  2. Kinnel: 4 High-Cost Fund Duds

    These funds are prime examples that costs are the best predictor of future performance.

  3. The Pros and Cons of 401(k) Loans

    While not the first choice, 401(k) loans can be a decent option for investors with near-term cash needs, but it is not an investment strategy, says Michael Kitces.

  4. What to Know Before Shopping for Medigap

    Contributor Mark Miller offers some tips for those who want to sign up for this type of supplemental healthcare policy.

  5. Kinnel's Top Picks in Morningstar's 401(k) Plan

    As a member of the 401(k) committee, Russ Kinnel talks about what he looks for when recommending funds.

  6. Don't Be Confused When Using a Funded Ratio

    Michael Kitces says thinking about retirement savings in terms of completed progress toward your goal can be helpful, but it also poses challenges.

  7. Look Ahead to Your Retirement

    In Week 3, it's time to simplify your investment life by streamlining your portfolio and creating helpful documents that every investor should have.

  8. Be Humble About Strategic-Beta Bond ETFs

    Back-tested results may look strong, but there are reasons to be skeptical about this new breed of fixed-income ETFs, says Morningstar's Phillip Yoo.

  9. Align Your Investments With Your Goals

    Optimize your investment plan in Week 2 by paying proper attention to tax matters to help improve your bottom line.

  10. Smaller Investors Don't Have to Skimp on Services

    Information, advice, and investments can be costly, but Christine Benz has tips for finding services that are cheap.


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