Thursday's Personal Finance stories
- 'Best life' should be investors' true goal
- Investment books for budding Warren Buffetts
- Where to invest in 2011
- What investors really want
The end of a year and the beginning of a new one is a good time to assess both our personal and financial assets and goals. It's worth heeding the advice of Meir Statman, an expert on why investors can sometimes be their own worst enemy, getting in the way of our own true selves. His new book, What Investors Really Want, makes a good case that what you do with your money is more important than how much money you have.
At this time of year especially, count your blessings, not your coins.
— Jonathan Burton , Money & Investing editor
Meir Statman says people can make smarter investment decisions if they worry less about being a great investor and are more concerned with being a great person.
Read more: 'Best life' should be investors' true goal.
A gauge of U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December, reaching the highest level in six months, but remains at a low level on concerns about "stagnant incomes," according to data released Thursday.
Read more: Consumer sentiment rises.
If you're like me, still searching for the perfect gift, consider a book — but not just any book. Buy a book that could help someone manage their money and retirement better, recommended by those who eat, breath and sleep all things investing and retirement.
Read more: Investment books for budding Warren Buffetts.
Russell Pearlman of SmartMoney discusses where to invest in 2011.
See: Where to invest in 2011
Why do so many investors make poor decisions? Often they can't help it, says Meir Statman, author of "What Investors Really Want." He talks about ways people can understand their investing behavior and improve their odds of success.
See: What investors really want.
It's the perfect time to take a hard look at your mutual fund holdings in a 401(k) or an IRA. If you find funds that don't fit your philosophy anymore or have been underperforming, here are some standouts to consider.
Read more: 7 best mutual funds for 2011