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10 Reasonably Safe Alternative Investments

Alternative investments have become increasingly popular, and they don't have to take the place of the traditional assets in your portfolio. But they do have some drawbacks, so read on and educate yourself before you spend a dime.

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  • 10 Significant Risk Factors When Investing In a Company

    10 Significant Risk Factors When Investing In a Company

    Few people thought the Facebook stock price would slide after its IPO, which goes to show there are many risk factors, even in a so-called sure stock. What are some of the top factors? See more »

  • Are government-backed agencies safe investments?

    Are government-backed agencies safe investments?

    Government-backed agencies appeal to investors looking for something safe that still gives them a little interest. But are there any drawbacks? See more »

  • Are internships worth it?

    Are internships worth it?

    Shouldn't a degree be enough to get a job after graduation? And isn't an internship a lot of useless work for little or no pay? Internships, despite little or no pay, are often worth it in the long run if you want to get your foot in the door. See more »

  • Are millennials really the first generation to do worse than their parents?

    Are millennials really the first generation to do worse than their parents?

    The American Dream has usually meant that U.S. children will do better financially than their parents. But is this being upended by all the economic downturns of the 2000s? Can millennials overcome their poor economic start? See more »

  • Dollars and Sense: Do You Know How to Make Money?

    Dollars and Sense: Do You Know How to Make Money?

    Everybody wants more money, but few of us know the most efficient and effective ways to get more green in the bank. See if you have what it takes to be rich (or at least pass this quiz). See more »

  • Dollars and Sense: Estate Planning

    Dollars and Sense: Estate Planning

    Regardless of age, wealth or health, everyone could stand some estate-planning tips. Test your knowledge -- and learn a few helpful hints -- with the Estate Planning quiz. See more »

  • Dollars and Sense: Investing Challenge

    Dollars and Sense: Investing Challenge

    Do you know the ins and outs of investing and managing your retirement plan? Take the Investing Quiz and find out! See more »

  • Dollars and Sense: Personal Finance Challenge

    Dollars and Sense: Personal Finance Challenge

    Do you think you know enough about money and doing more than just keeping your head above water? We dare you to take this quiz and meet your ultimate personal finance smack down. See more »

  • How Alternative Energy Mutual Funds Work

    How Alternative Energy Mutual Funds Work

    Oil prices are rising; reserves of oil, coal and natural gas are being depleted; and the continued use of nonrenewable fuels poses threats to the environment. The answer may be alternative energy, but who's going to pay for it? See more »

  • How Arbitrage Works

    How Arbitrage Works

    Bartering and swapping are becoming increasingly popular through the likes of Craigslist, Freecycle and other social networking sites. People are going old-school to cop everything from vegetables to home improvements, without tapping into cash. See more »

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