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Dan Caplinger

Dan Caplinger is a contract writer for The Motley Fool. In addition to his writing, Dan works as an independent financial consultant and estate-planning attorney. Finding that taking one bar exam wasn't enough punishment, he took three (and passed them all!) and went on to become a CFP (certified financial planner) professional in 2004 before voluntarily relinquished the designation in 2012. Dan focuses on making complex legal and financial concepts easier to understand. His experience in drafting legal documents, administering trusts and estates, and developing personal financial plans all contributes to the content of his articles. Although he generally doesn't pay attention to conspiracy theories, Dan has a healthy skepticism of the mainstream financial industry.

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Closed-End Funds: Investing Essentials

Find out what you need to know about closed-end funds.

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TMFGalagan replied to the Deranged Monkey Criticism board. 5:28 PM

Re: Weird World of ETF Shorting

I don't think there should be any limit on shorting: you'd just have to figure out who the 'actual' owners are for voting

Yeah, only somewhat related, but as a buyer of securities, I'd also like the option to force my broker to buy [more]

Tue Jul 29

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3 Key Takeaways From the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report

The latest report from the Social Security program's trustees has some must-know elements for your finances.

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Retirement Investing: 3 Easy Steps to Find Out Where You Stand

Most people have no idea what they own in their retirement portfolios. Here's how to figure it out.

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Why Don't More Fund Managers Buy Their Own Funds?

Insider ownership is a mark of confidence in stocks, but many mutual fund managers don't invest in their own funds.

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When Is Maxing Out Your 401(k) Smarter Than a Roth IRA?

Figuring out the best place for your retirement savings can be a challenge.

Sat Jul 26

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3 Dividend Value Stocks to Boost Your Income

Look at these reasonably priced dividend stocks.

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The Biggest Risk in Conventional Retirement Planning Today

Be careful if you're just trying to preserve your money at all costs.

Fri Jul 25

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Don't Invest in Target Date Retirement Funds Without Knowing These 3 Things

Don't blindly invest in a target-date fund without knowing the answers to these questions.

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Social Security: How Marriage Fraud Threatens the System

Social Security benefits to spouses are a big deal, and fighting marriage fraud is an essential part of keeping the program healthy.

Thu Jul 24

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Why Visa Will Move the Dow Tomorrow

The credit card network weighs in with its earnings report Thursday.

Wed Jul 23

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Why Caterpillar and 3M Will Move the Dow Tomorrow

Two industrial giants take center stage on Thursday. Find out what they'll say.

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Caterpillar Inc. Earnings: Is the Rebound for Real?

Caterpillar stock has climbed substantially, but is a turnaround really there?

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Dow Earnings Preview: AT&T

The Dow's telecom stalwart wants to grow as fast as its rival. Can AT&T get the job done?

Tue Jul 22

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3M Co. Earnings: Can the Stock Keep Soaring?

3M has recently hit all-time record highs, but are the fundamentals there to support further gains?

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Dow Earnings Season: Boeing Aims for the Skies

Can the aerospace giant regain its form and get its stock moving in the right direction?

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Why Microsoft Will Move the Dow Tomorrow

The tech giant weighs in with earnings results this afternoon, and investors want to see signs of a turnaround. Find out what to expect.

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AT&T, Inc. Earnings: Is Long-Term Growth in Danger?

Competition in the wireless industry has picked up dramatically, and AT&T's big merger with DirecTV raises some tough questions for the telecom giant.

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Visa Earnings: Can the Card Giant Charge Higher?

The credit card network giant hopes that spending will continue to climb worldwide, but will it beat its competitors?

Mon Jul 21

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Is Social Security Welfare? Why 1 Governor Said Yes

As important as Social Security is, it's also a highly political program. Find out what one governor said about Social Security benefits.

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