Money Matters - Simplified


Tips for Better Financial Planning

The mere mention of financial planning, complex calculations and money management gives jitters to an average individual. Well, it may appear somewhat knotty, but is not as tough as most people perceive it to be. Here are few tips for better financial planning.

Too much texting? Careful, it may cause text neck

Excessive texting can be a pain in the neck, literally! Apart from the already well-known 'BlackBerry thumb,' avid texting may also cause pain in the back and neck, warn chiropractors.

Raj Rajaratnam convicted on insider trading charges

In what can be termed as largest hedge fund insider trading case, hedge fund billionaire, Raj Rajaratnam, 53, has been found guilty of 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy.

Enzyme link with aging investigated

Boston -- A U.S. study suggests reactivating an enzyme that protects the tips of chromosomes in cells can reverse premature aging, researchers say.

Studies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in Boston showed that mice engineered to lack the enzyme, called telomerase, became prematurely decrepit, an article published by the journal Nature reported. When the enzyme was replaced, the mice recovered their health, the researchers said.

Reawakening the enzyme in cells in which it has stopped working might slow normal human aging, Ronald DePinho, a cancer geneticist at the Dana-Farber institute, says.

"This has implications for thinking about telomerase as a serious anti-aging intervention," he says.

The Fool Looks Ahead


The new trading week kicks off with a handful of Chinese companies reporting, including semiconductor specialist Vimicro (Nasdaq: VIMC).


The Motley Fool's Weekly Editors' Picks

 Fools were out and about this week in an investing world jampacked with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.


Tips on beating polygraph end interview

Olympia, Wash. -- A man lost his chance at a Washington state job when a guide to fooling polygraphs was found in his car, the State Patrol said.

Officials told KOMO-TV in Seattle the man was at State Patrol headquarters in Olympia being interviewed for a civilian management job Oct. 6 when an employee saw a book, "How to Beat the Lie Detector," in the car parked next to hers.

The man was undergoing a polygraph at the time, and officials determined the car and book were his.

"They gave him an opportunity to let them know if he'd looked at some research materials or not and he apparently said 'no,'" staffer Heather Anderson said.
The man was told he would no longer be considered for the job.

5 Highly Rated Stocks on Sale

I am always looking for a good deal, whether that means buying an extra box of Golden Grahams when they're on sale or pouncing on undervalued stocks. The idea that anybody would sell a stock for less than it's worth may seem silly, but legendary value investor Ben Graham (no relation to the cereal) tells us, by way of allegory, how we can look out for these situations.

This Just In: Upgrades and Downgrades

At The Motley Fool, we poke plenty of fun at Wall Street analysts and their endless cycle of upgrades, downgrades, and "initiating coverage at neutral." So you might think we'd be the last people to give virtual ink to such "news." And we would be -- if that were all we were doing.

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 that may make your head spin.