Editor's Note: An updated version of this article reflects a difference in the timing of Sears Holdings’ announcement. We apologize for any confusion.
Fools were out and about this week in an investing world jam-packed with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.
There are always at least two sides to every story. Consider this information presented by Fool editor and writer Dan Caplinger, for instance: Sears Holdings
Employees say: Oh no.
Investors say: OK. Dan explained: "As an investor, reduced benefits cut costs in the short run, and as long as the weak economy keeps competition for labor at a minimum, those cuts shouldn't cause mass defections among workers desperate to hang onto any job they can get. So shareholders in companies that successfully manage and reduce their benefits costs should see higher profits (or smaller losses) as a result."
Click to the article for more on the employee side of the equation.
Fool contributor Rick Munarriz explained why a YouTube court victory should bring joy to all Internet users, even the ones who don't spend hours surfing the site for footage of dozing puppies or music videos from their teen years. A judge this week dismissed a copyright infringement case brought by Viacom
"If Google's defense had been shot down ... [s]ites would have to flesh out their editorial staffs, vetting every upload," Rick wrote. "Most free sites would be priced out of the market, and those that stuck it out would still be dealing with an imperfect process. In short, Viacom wasn't able to kill the Internet as we know it."
Click to the article to add your two cents on whether this court victory is as big as Rick thinks. Or have sneezing pandas clouded his judgment?
"Fudging the truth is fine when discussing your best friend's new hairdo, nephew's orchestral debut, or delicious pot roast your in-laws served. But in matters of money, you should seek nothing but the whole truth from any financial professional you hire."
So says Fool Dayana Yochim, and the Foolish choir says "Amen."
To get the lowdown on what your financial planner may not be telling you, the Fool spoke with Sheryl Garrett, financial planner and founder of the Garrett Financial Network. Click to the article for her thoughts on estate planning, your chances of paying for your kids' education, and whether you should invest or spend. The Fool has also set up a special offer for those wanting to use the Garrett Network.