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Interest Rates Lurch Downward

Interest Rates Lurch Downward – Brief Article Joan Goldwasser Just as we were getting used to the bungee-cord motion of the stock market, the bond market fell into a similar dive-and-rally pattern–dragging interest rates along for the ride. In just a few weeks’ time, the 30-year Treasury bond snapped from 5.2% to 4.7% and back […]

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Take The Hint – house prices too high

Take The Hint – house prices too high – Brief Article Elizabeth Razzi HOMES | Real estate agents are asking some buyers to admit that they’re PAYING TOO MUCH. THE HOUSING market has hit a new high–or low–in California’s Silicon Valley. Some real estate brokers are actually asking buyers to sign a statement acknowledging that […]

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No-Money-Down Mortgages!

No-Money-Down Mortgages! Kimberly Lankford * Fidelity customers can take a margin loan instead of paying cash. Fidelity’s marketing materials make its Pledged Asset Plan sound like a sweet deal: You take out a mortgage with its partner, GMAC, with no money down. Instead of cashing in stocks, bonds or mutual funds in your Fidelity account […]

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Bells AND WHISTLES – wireless telephones

Bells AND WHISTLES – wireless telephones – Buyers Guide Ronaleen R. Roha For today’s phones, calling home is just the beginning. Placing a call is only the beginning of what you can do with the latest, coolest wireless phones. Some browse the Web, so you can check stock quotes and airline schedules or get driving […]

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The Oakmark mystique

The Oakmark mystique – Mutual Funds 98 Robert Frick On a Tuesday morning, the managers and analysts of Oakmark’s six funds seem button-down and somber as they file into a spartan conference room for their weekly stock-selection meeting. Not so the rooster that guards the door to that room above Chicago’s financial district. It’s a […]

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The New Realities of Used-Car Shopping

The New Realities of Used-Car Shopping – good car deals possible with Internet marketing Ed Henry A flood of fresh vehicles and the explosion of Internet marketing greatly improve your odds of getting a good deal. When Olga Humblias slips behind the wheel of her silver BMW 740iL, she knows a couple of secrets that […]

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IMS Health Reads the Doctor’s Handwriting

IMS Health Reads the Doctor’s Handwriting Harvey Bateman picks stocks by the numbers. As the manager of UAM Sirach Growth fund, he uses a ranking system to identify companies with consistently rising profits that are accelerating, and stocks that have been performing better than the rest of the market. Then he researches the companies to […]

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Credit cards – interest rates – Brief Article

Credit cards – interest rates – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included Holiday-inflated balances make this the best time to take advantage of rock-bottom teaser interest rates If you took part in the holiday shopping spree that was expected to add $100 billion to Americans’ credit card bills, chances are your outstanding balance is at […]

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Yacktman vs. His Directors: What Are the Facts? – proxy fight between manager Donald Yacktman and four members of the board of directors

Yacktman vs. His Directors: What Are the Facts? – proxy fight between manager Donald Yacktman and four members of the board of directors – Brief Article Steven T. Goldberg Donald Yacktman inspires nothing if not trust. A former bishop in the Mormon church, he wears well-tailored suits, carries a gold pocket watch and exudes an […]

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Biggest Winners of the Decade

Biggest Winners of the Decade – top stocks for the 1990s, including Dell Computer, and their estimated earnings for the future Brian P. Knestout They’ve done a lot for you lately, but what about the next millennium? The Nineties have been one of the best decades of the century for stocks, and nobody did better […]