Articles by Don

Are Morningstar Ratings Trustworthy?

Posted by Don on June 13, 2012

Before investing in mutual funds, many investors inquire about the Morningstar rating, or star rating of a particular fund. If it has a high rating, they assume that it is a good fund to invest in. But is it? Just because someone else thinks a mutual fund is good to invest in doesn’t necessarily mean […]

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How To Recover From Identity Theft

Posted by Don on May 31, 2012

In How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft, I talked about how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. But what if you have taken all of the steps and still fell victim? How do you recover and what steps should you take? If you are using the services of an […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Posted by Don on May 29, 2012

When we think about identity theft, we picture someone stealing our purse or wallet, hacking into our computer, or stealing our mail. But there are many other ways someone can go about stealing our identity, including going through our trash, installing fake credit card readers at gas stations to obtain the data on the card, […]

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I read an email from a long time reader, Gerald, here at My Dollar Plan on two posts that were recently published. They are Why You Aren’t Earning What Your Mutual Fund Says You Are, in which I wrote that the average investor earns a much lower return than the market due to the fact […]

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What is Inflation?

Posted by Don on May 10, 2012

You hear about inflation all of the time, yet many do not understand what it is or how it is measured. The definition of inflation is the rate at which the price level of goods and services rise. Historically, inflation has averaged around 4% per year. This means that something that costs $1.00 today will […]

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Meet the new writers! Over the next two weeks, you’ll get to meet all of our new writers. Our first writer this week is Don. Don writes about personal finance topics that include investing, saving, debt, the economy, and retirement. You can read more about Don in his bio. Welcome Don! Like most investors, you […]

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