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Economy Watch Archive: Your Pocketbook

What should I do with my retirement accounts if I plan to retire in five years? In 10 years? In 20 years?

Tim Hanson, senior analyst at the Motley Fool: If you're retiring within the next five years, I'd make sure you have a sound asset allocation strategy that has your savings stashed in 70 percent to 80 percent bonds and treasuries...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  October 8, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some advisers are encouraging people to take 10 or 20 percent out of their stocks and put it in an interest-bearing savings account. What do you think?

Tim Hanson, senior analyst at the Motley Fool: That depends on when you need the money. If this is cash that you've had in the stock market but that you need to pay your bills over the next 12 to...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  October 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Your Pocketbook  | Tags: investing, stocks  
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Is there any such thing anymore as a "safety stock?"

Tim Hanson, senior analyst at the Motley Fool: In the short-term, there is no such thing as a "safety stock." But that was never the case. If you're willing to take a long-term view, however, there is no better place...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  October 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What's the one thing individual investors should keep in mind during these turbulent times?

Tim Hanson, senior analyst at the Motley Fool: Don't panic. While this may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime event (and in its intensity, it's getting close), the fact of the matter is that the stock market cycles through boom and bust...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  October 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I was thinking about doing some home renovations. Should I go ahead or not?

Tim Hanson, senior analyst at the Motley Fool: Again, that depends on your individual situation. My wife and I are actually planning on doing something with our basement in the near-term, but we've dialed back our plans. If you have...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  October 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I am a homeowner who works hard to pay my mortgage. Why should my tax money be used to help fix a problem I did not create?

Bush administration officials say they have no choice. They say lending would come to a halt without this bailout. In his most recent speech to the nation, President Bush outlined the potential fallout: Businesses would close their doors. Americans would...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  September 26, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How will the soaring budget deficit affect my investments? , washingtonpost.com Editors , September 24, 2008
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