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Don’t be tethered to your PC for Investment Monitoring

Smartphone for investments

There are many smartphone apps which can make keeping up with investments easier

With the advancements available on smartphones and tablet computers, it has been made easier than ever to work, play and enjoy life on the go. While many people think of Angry Birds and Words with Friends when it comes to great apps, there is a budding group of finance apps which can allow you to easily keep up with budgets and

investments on the go. Equifax money management expert Jennifer Freeman offers advice about the money apps you should have on your smart phone or tablet now to keep your investments in line in her article, “

Great Mobile Apps to Help You Manage Your Finances.” We’re so sure that this article will have something you can benefit from that we’ve made it our first draft pick in the Technology Tweet Tournament – just re-tweet this Twitter post to help us win!

Wikinvest (iOS, Android) imports your investments and brokerage accounts into one view and provides updates every night. It allows you to have a high-level view of your portfolio, compare your performance to major indices and research your next investment right on the app with supplied company charts, analysis and news. It’s a one-stop-shop for investment finances, and it’s free.

Mint (iOS, Android) is a free finance app which allows you to have a whole-picture view of your money. Mint fetches up to date information about accounts supplied to it including checking, saving, money market and many other investment (Continued…)

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Withdrawing Retirement Money: How Much Should You Plan to Spend?

wirthdrawing retirement moneyIn today’s economic environment, there are many reasons you might be tempted to withdraw money from your retirement accounts before you retire, and there’s some question about how much you can safely withdraw per year after you retire. For potential homebuyers in the 55+ market, the answers to these questions can make a difference in what type of home you end up buying – or at least the price point you determine is appropriate for your current and future income.

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Equifax Personal Finance blog recently posted an article by investment expert Don Solin discussing withdrawals from retirement funds. “

Running Out of Money: Retirement Withdrawal Strategies in a Low-Interest Rate Environment”  begins with a discussion of the types of investments you should maintain in your portfolio.

Solin says to invest in bond funds that mature in five years or less to protect the fixed-income portion of your investment portfolio. This way, the bonds will mature as interest rates rise with inflation (which is bound to happen), and you won’t be stuck with low interest rates on your bonds forever. Solin even gives the names of specific bond index funds to consider. Overall, he says that getting the right (Continued…)

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