Anna Robaton, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

The ascent of exchange-traded funds has many investors wondering whether to abandon mutual funds and join the stampede into ETFs. It’s not hard to understand why. ETFs didn’t gain popularity until the turn of the millennium, but they have been on a tear in recent years. There are now more than 1,600 U.S.-listed ETFs with …

Kristina Jonathan, an Atlanta-based digital-marketing consultant, has no interest in keeping up with the proverbial Joneses. For years Johnson, 38, has lived frugally, investing in real estate, maximizing her 401(k) plan savings and reducing expenses. Andrey Artykov | Getty Images By Johnson’s own account, she has amassed a net worth of nearly $1 million and …

The Fed’s easy money policy has undoubtedly put the U.S. economy on firmer footing. Rock-bottom interest rates contributed to the recovery in the housing market and bolstered investors’ appetite for stocks, among other benefits. But the central bank’s long-running stimulus program also exacted a toll on millions of American retirees. For years now, retirees, who …

Investors have long considered bonds the safe, even dull, part of portfolios. Not anymore. With interest rates likely to continue rising from their historic lows, investors are rightfully concerned about the prospect of a prolonged bond bear market. Yet many financial advisors caution against bailing out of bonds entirely, despite the drubbing the fixed-income market …