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Gold mining shares have a negative correlation to the stock market

A gold miner shows a golden hugget freshly excavated from a mine.

A study by Ibbotson Associates shows that gold mining shares have a negative correlation to the stock market, that precious metals performed best when they were needed the most by providing positive returns during the years that traditional asset classes had negative returns. Ibbotson determined that investors can potentially improve the risk-to-reward ratio in conservative, moderate and aggressive portfolios by

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Is a Roth 401k Better than a Traditional 401k?

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Originally posted on The Small Investor:
We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom.  If you have an old, stodgy traditional IRA you should convert to a snazzy new Roth IRA.  There is now even a new Roth 401k.  Sure, you’ll need to pay all of the taxes since the money was initially invested tax-deferred and the conversion requires that the taxes…

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Are Pension Plans Good Ways to Save for Retirement? Part 2: The Company Perspective

Originally posted on The Small Investor:
In the first post in this series, Are Pension Plans Good Ways to Save for Retirement, Part 1, we looked at both pension plans and 401k plans and compared both the benefits and dangers of each.  This time we’ll look at pension plans from a company perspective. Let’s say that you own a large company…

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