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5 Common Financial Mistakes Women Make

Women usually think of finance and investment issues as complicated chaotic things they would rather not deal with. This attitude prevents many women from attaining long term financial security.

Goldman Sachs invests $450mn in Facebook

Goldman Sachs has decided to invest $450 million in the popular networking site Facebook along with Digital Sky Technology, a Russian investment firm, which will be investing $50 million.

The Most-Wanted Interviews for 2011


As the chief instigator on The Motley Fool's wildly popular radio show, Chris Hill has the opportunity to talk with some of the brightest minds in the world of finance and economics. Today, he provides the seven guests (in no particular order) that he would most like to interview in 2011 on Motley Fool Money, the one-hour weekly business radio show syndicated to radio stations across America and available on iTunes. If you happen to know any of these potential guests, let me know.

GlaxoSmithKline Passes This Key Test

 There's no foolproof way to know the future for GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.

 

Is Ford's Momentum Stalling?

 How did your favorite automaker do in 2010? We'll know for sure when the year's final sales numbers are released next week. But some trends have been clear for a while: Ford (NYSE: F) is going gangbusters, General Motors(NYSE: GM) is showing signs of strength, Honda (NYSE:HMC) is holding its ground despite some product challenges, and Toyota (NYSE: TM) ... well, Toyota had a year to forget.

 

The Popular Investment No One Understands


There have been a lot of financial losers in recent years -- underwater homeowners, debt-strapped municipalities, and even actively managed mutual funds. Investors who expected their managers to protect them during the financial crisis were sorely surprised, as the majority of active managers were caught flatfooted by the market decline. As equity funds dropped in value, many investors headed for the exits.

 

 

This Week's 5 Dumbest Stock Moves

 Stupidity is contagious. It gets us all from time to time. Even respectable companies can catch it. As I do every week, let's take a look at five dumb financial events this week that may make your head spin.

 

3 Steps to Start Off 2011 Right

 Tonight, you'll ring in the new year, and the clock will start ticking to get going on all the resolutions you've made for 2011. As tough as it can be to follow through on promises to improve yourself and your finances, breaking it down into manageable steps can mean the difference between wishing for change and actually getting it done.

 

Is Medtronic Going to Burn You?


There's no foolproof way to know the future for Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) or any other company. However, certain clues may help you see potential stumbles before they happen -- and before your stock craters as a result. Rest assured: Even if you're not monitoring these metrics, short-sellers are.

High-Priced Stocks Worth Every Penny


Penny stocks are one way to double your money, though they tend to be fraught with risk. But there are equally shiny opportunities trading at the other end of the price spectrum, too. I call 'em "three-digit stocks," yet if they're anything like Berkshire Hathaway, they can trade in the four-, five-, and six-digit range, too.