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Demystifying Finance: What is a 401(k)?

Filed under: Budgeting, Family Finance, Investments, Saving
Tags: , , , — Written by: Simos
May 13, 2010
Retiremnt money

Retirement money
Photo by: Billy Alexander (Stock Exchange)

Every time there’s a dip in the stock market or a big company falls into dire straits, you can hear people fretting about three things: debt, the mortgage, and the value of their 401(k). For many, a 401(k) is a critical part of retirement savings. For others, especially young folk entering the workforce or professionals for whom retirement is a long way away, the 401(k) is something else entirely: a mystery, off in the unforeseeable realm of the future.

But, as with any long-term savings goal, the sooner you start saving for retirement, the sooner you can plan to enjoy it. Since retirement can mean many years of your life – and there’s just no telling what kind of Social Security protections or other government programs will be healthy twenty, thirty, or forty years down the line – it’s important to start thinking about it now. So we begin with an introduction: just what is a 401(k)?

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Should I Invest in Gold

Filed under: Banks, Investments
Tags: , , , , — Written by: Lyuda
March 3, 2010
South African Krugerrands

South African Krugerrands
Photo By Lyudmila Green

The stock market has been as volatile lately as a poker table at Las Vegas casino. Many traditionally conservative investments have seen unheard of volatility. Savers have begun asking the question, “What can I invest in to make sure I at least keep the principle of my investment?” For many investors, gold has come up on the list of options.

Before buying a boat load of gold, one should consider the reasons gold is valuable and what gold is useful for in terms of investments. Gold has industrial value, but there is frankly plenty of gold that is already mined and available for industrial purposes; so much so that you can easily find 30$ gold plated 2 foot S-Video cables at your local electronics supplier. Gold is useful either to preserve an investment, or as a hedge against falling currency. If you feel currency is unsafe, or your portfolio is overexposed to a specific currency, adding gold to your portfolio could be wise.

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