Sunday, February 25, 2007

New ETFs Come with Increased Risks and Costs

Jeff Brown of the Philadelphia Inquirer discusses the increased risks and higher costs associated with many of the new, specialized ETF offerings being manufactured by Wall Street.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Bare-Bones 401(k) Plan Will Be in Vogue in 2007

John F. Wasik of Bloomberg believes the days of overpriced 401(k) plans are numbered - that these old-style retirement plans with traditional, costly mutual fund investment options are going to be replaced by more efficient, index-based plans.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Wild and Seriously Wacky ETFs

Katy Marquardt of Kiplinger Magazine explains how the ever-expanding universe of ETFs is starting to resemble an amusement park fun house due to some of its newer, more esoteric entrants.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Pitfalls of Variable Universal Life

Walter Updegrave, senior editor of Money Magazine, explains the details, the usual pitch, and the pitfalls of VUL insurance -- and why you should think twice (and ask many questions) before buying.