Articles by Neil Finestone

4 things that women should know about Social Security benefits

Ever since a legal secretary named Ida May Fuller received the first retirement benefit check in 1940, women have been counting on Social Security to provide much-needed retirement income. Social Security provides other important benefits too, including disability and survivor’s benefits, that can help women of all ages and their family members. How does Social Security protect you and your family?  When you work and…


Active vs. passive portfolio management

 Proponents of active portfolio management believe that a skilled investment manager can generate returns that outperform a benchmark index. Advocates of passive investing argue that the best way to capture overall market returns is to use low-cost index-based investments. All investing involves risk, including the potential loss of capital, and there can be no guarantee that any investing strategy will be successful. A portfolio invested…


The Joys and Financial Challenges of Parenthood

The Joys and Financial Challenges of Parenthood Children are special. There’s nothing like them. They can be our sweetest blessing, as well as our biggest frustration. Most of all, however, they are our greatest responsibility, as well as our most important–and expensive–commitment. Whether you are a first-time parent or a veteran of refereeing sibling squabbles and who-put-the-empty-milk-carton-back-in-the-fridge inquisitions, parenthood can be both wonderfully rewarding and…


11 Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market

11 Ways to Help Yourself Stay Sane in a Crazy Market Words to ponder “Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” –Warren Buffett “Most of the time common stocks are subject to irrational and…