Commentary/Opinion

'What are the odds?  I retire and the stock market crashes.  All my plans are upside down.'  I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home.  What options do I have?

‘What are the odds? I retire and the stock market crashes. All my plans are upside down.’ I want to draw on my 401(k) to renovate my new home. What options do I have?

Dear Quentin, I’m due to retire in two months and I have already moved to my new home in the sun. I have not sold my apartment in a major US metropolitan area on the east coast, as I wanted to see how I settled into my new life. It’s a quiet, but beautiful city …

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With interest rates rising, it's time to focus on MANG stocks instead of FAANG, according to Jefferies

With interest rates rising, it’s time to focus on MANG stocks instead of FAANG, according to Jefferies

Heading into the Federal Open Market Committee’s policy meeting, analysts at Jefferies on May 3 advised investors to avoid the popular FAANG + Microsoft group of stocks. They pointed instead to a group they named MANG. We’ll compare the two groups below. The FAANG group — Facebook holding company Meta Platforms Inc. FB, Apple Inc. …

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Opinion: Berkshire and Buffett have 5 words for sellers who want their money: 'Take it or leave it'

Opinion: Berkshire and Buffett have 5 words for sellers who want their money: ‘Take it or leave it’

As fans flock this weekend to Omaha, Neb. for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting hosted by Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The answer: unique mystic. Buffett and Berkshire BRK.A, +0.67% BRK.B, +0.51% are distinct in the corporate world for a combination of unusual practices and …

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Opinion: Google's earnings should be a warning to investors in Facebook and other online-ad companies

Opinion: Google’s earnings should be a warning to investors in Facebook and other online-ad companies

Google’s earnings shortfall is an indication of trouble across the online-advertising industry, and should scare investors in Facebook and other competitors. Google parent company Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -3.59% GOOG, -3.04% reported first-quarter results Tuesday that were slightly shy of Wall Street estimates, with revenue at Google and YouTube both hit by the war in Ukraine …

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My stepfather died.  He inherited my late mother's estate and always said he'd take care of us in his will.  How do I tactfully broach this issue with his children?

My stepfather died. He inherited my late mother’s estate and always said he’d take care of us in his will. How do I tactfully broach this issue with his children?

Dear Quentin, My former stepfather passed away a month ago. He was married to my mother in Nevada at the time of her passing 21 years ago. During their marriage she gave him quite a bit of money from her retirement fund to buy and upkeep properties that he/they owned. When she passed away, her …

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