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By CHARLES JAFFE and CHARLES JAFFE,MARKETWATCH | June 18, 2006
Real life doesn't always live up to our expectations. It might be the "dream job" that comes with unforeseen nightmares, or the fabulous vacation spot that leaves some visitors surprisingly nonplussed, or the big lifetime celebration -- like a wedding -- that is remembered more for big bills or family fights than for the love and joy of the moment. Starting this week, Charles Jaffe's column will move to Tuesday's Your Money page inside the daily Business section.
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July 25, 2008
Beginning next week, business coverage will move inside the Maryland section Tuesday through Friday. The Money & Life section will continue to run on Sundays as a stand-alone section. A few regular features that have been in the daily Business section will move to other sections: * Dream Home will move to the Go Today section starting Aug. 2. * Jamie Smith Hopkins' Real Estate Wonk column will move to the Sunday Real Estate section on Aug. 3. * Hanah Cho's On the Job column and the At Work feature will move from Wednesday to Sunday's Money & Life section starting Aug. 3. A number of regular features from syndicated columnists or wire services are being discontinued, including the Your Funds column by Charles Jaffe, Helpdesk from technology columnist Bill Husted and Real Estate Matters by Ilyce Glink.
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By Charles Jaffe and Charles Jaffe,MarketWatch | December 5, 2006
Dear fund industry bigwigs: I know you're busy trying to put a bow on a solid performance year so that you can sell it hard in 2007, but I'd hate for the holidays to pass without sending a reminder that investors expect results. Performance is not a gift, it's a promise you make to customers. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't be giving patient, long-term customers a little something extra. With that in mind, here is what I want from the fund industry and its regulators this holiday season, on behalf of fund investors everywhere: An assessment of how sister funds work together.
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By CHARLES JAFFE | January 8, 2006
I gave up trying to call the stock market for the year ahead in the late 1990s, when I got tired of being wrong. But I still forecast the year ahead for the fund industry. Since I started doing it in 1995, about five of every seven have turned out right, with one forecast being just a bit early and the other being flat-out wrong. There will be other hot news in the fund world this year, but here are a few of the stories - and non-stories - you're likely to see in 2006: A change in market leadership.
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By Charles Jaffe and Charles Jaffe,Marketwatch | September 5, 2006
The asset class of the moment is large-company growth stocks. Two big fund firms recently sent shareholder newsletters touting the coming surge in big stocks and a third issued its top 10 reasons investors should "make an allocation to large-cap growth stocks now." Seemingly every investment talking head on television and a legion of radio yakkers are positively ga-ga over the large-cap boom they see on the horizon. There's some logic behind the hype. Valuations on large-cap growth stocks haven't looked this good in years, the big companies stand to benefit more than others from the falling dollar and the cycle that has that has boosted small- and midcap stocks has reached a point where historically it should be ending.
BUSINESS
By CHARLES JAFFE and CHARLES JAFFE,MARKETWATCH | April 30, 2006
Most Americans are happy at this time of the year to think that they're done paying taxes for a while. But if 2005 was any indication, fund investors are only just beginning to pay Uncle Sam, and the damage is about to get a lot more noticeable. According to a study from Lipper Inc., estimated taxes paid by fund investors in 2005 were up 58 percent from 2004, with investors losing more than $15 billion to the government due entirely to mutual fund payouts. When next tax season comes around, Lipper senior research analyst Tom Roseen believes that taxes will be an even bigger drag on fund performance than expenses are, especially in fixed-income funds.
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By Charles Jaffe and Charles Jaffe,Marketwatch | July 3, 2007
At their core, most financial scandals have been about someone failing to follow the rules. And whether it's insider trading, improper perks or mutual fund managers putting their own interest ahead of the shareholder, the public outrage typically has more to do with the rules being broken than it does the dollar amounts involved. But some consumers and investors are outraged by behavior they see that is perfectly legal - witness frustration over bank holding periods on a cashed check - or over any price they consider out of line.
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By CHARLES JAFFE | September 25, 2005
Mark Twain once noted that "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." When it comes to mutual fund investing, however, both situations can lead to mistakes, misjudgment and poor money management. The more you know about how funds work, the better you will do if your funds ever pose a real investment test. Questions: 1) True or false: When a mutual fund changes portfolio managers, it can wait months before notifying shareholders.
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By CHARLES JAFFE and CHARLES JAFFE,MARKETWATCH | May 14, 2006
When Christopher Cox got in front of the Senate banking committee late last month and said that improving mutual fund disclosure is the "central focus" of the Securities and Exchange Commission, there was a scary and disappointing sense of deja vu. Improving disclosure has been a big issue with the last five chairmen of the SEC, so Cox is hardly alone in pandering to the enormous chunk of the investing (and voting) public that owns funds. So if Cox is serious about improving disclosures - rather than just adding to the list and clogging the paperwork even more - here are a few things he might consider: Give an assessment of how funds work together.
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