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The February issue of Smart Money chats with LL Cool J about his "Phat Portfolio." The singer started investing in stocks in the late 1980s. An early favorite was Wal-Mart. More recently, he added shares of Coca-Cola, General Electric and Kohl's. He echoes the sentiment of Warren Buffett: "I don't buy things that are too complicated, that I don't understand."

No simple equation between rising deficit, bond rates
With tax cuts on the president's agenda and war looming on the horizon, it looks as though the federal government soon will be borrowing more money to finance big budget deficits.

Selling a surfer girl
As her sport and its style surge in popularity, a Florida teen tries to balance being an athlete and building a lucrative career.

The money panel: Bill Shields
Q. How did you get started in investing?

Helen Huntley: Five ways to put your tax refund to work
Lucky enough to get a refund check from the IRS and not sure what to do with it?

10 tips: Making tax filing less painful
Not many people enjoy tax time, but there are ways to make it less painful. Here are some tips to reduce stress and make it less likely that the IRS will come knocking on your door:

Home Depot hopes ads remodel its image
A new marketing campaign emphasizes the chain's customer service and do-it-yourself clinics.

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