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This Web site contains a compilation of more than a thousand consumer finance  columns written by Tony Novak from the 1980s through 2006, updated and reformatted for maximum usefulness today.  New material was added after 2010.

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Investment Questions Index

401(k) rollover

Alpha generator

Amaranth loss hurts hedge fund investors

Ameritrade stock

Annuities for seniors

BlackRock mutual funds

Broker compensation

Broker/dealer vs. custodian

The Cost of Investing

Change of e-mail address

Changes to options trading

Cost to buy stock

Cost to open IRA account

Cost to transfer IRA

EFTs vs. Ishares

Three rules of smart mutual fund investing

Can exchange traded funds beat the market?

First investment

Getting Out of C shares

Grandparent's Education Fund

Growth Fund of America

Hedge Fund Performance

Home Depot vs. Lowes

How to open an investment account

Income funds drop in value

Index funds offer lower costs

Introduction to Exchange Traded Funds

Investing an inheritance

Investing in health care

Investment Adviser law

Investment Charting

Investment performance

Investment questionnaire

Minimum stock purchase

Mutual fund transaction charges

Mutual funds vs. exchange traded funds

Notarization of investment forms

Online life insurance application

Opening an investment account

Personal investment policy

Procedure for selling stock

Rate of return on investments

Real Estate in an IRA

Senior housing

Socially responsible investment

Stock options vs. stocks

Tracking Stock

Transfer stock to children

Uncertainty over oil prices

What is a hedge fund?

Vacation home as an investment

Vanguard Health Savings Account options

Vanguard Limited Authorization

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