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Business & Real Estate

Five tips on supporting your 'boomerang' child

If you think raising a child was tough, wait until you have to raise an adult.

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Should you dollar-hedge your foreign bonds?


Courtesy of Dimensional Fund Advisors
This chart from Dimensional Fund Advisors shows the Citigroup World Government Bond (excluding the U.S.) 1-3 Year Index from 1995 through 2013, both hedged and unhedged.

A well-diversified investment portfolio should include some investment in bonds issued by foreign governments or companies. The simplest way to buy them is through a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) available here in the U.S., of which there are many.

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Timing the market is risky

The Dow Jones industrial average rose slightly last week, primarily because the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated that interest-rate increases might come slower than previously thought. But the financial crisis in Greece – including the country’s debt load and rocky relationship with the eurozone – continues to burden Wall Street.

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Transactions

100 First Street No. 101, Los Altos8 Limited to I. & D. Plut for $1,399,000

100 First Street No. 213, Los Altos8 Limited to A. Mort for $390,000

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Keep in mind your Social Security survivor's benefit

I’ve written often about the value of delaying Social Security payments until age 70.

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Are stock prices poised for sustained drop?

Among the numerous economic and financial indicators that investment advisers use to predict future stock market performance, there is a pretty broad consensus that company profit margins, or earnings per share, are one of the better predictors. The challenge, of course, is the difficulty of predicting future profit margins. 

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Stock volatility can be confusing

Since the beginning of the new year, the market has dropped more than 200 points on 15 different days.

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