In Brief: Apr. 24, 2000

TOTAL IT UP The Social Security Administration has just made planning your retirement easier. At ssa.gov/retire a "quick" calculator lets you input your current earnings and age (provided you are 22 to 62), and gives a rough estimate of your retirement benefits.It assumes you started working at 22 and have worked continuously since then. Finer-tuned calculations can be had by inputting more info or downloading software.

CLEAR FOCUS Tired of waiting for those quarterly reports that show how the individual stocks in your mutual funds have been doing? Montgomery Asset Management is rolling out a family of "focused funds"...

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