Bull Market Today, Bear Market Tomorrow: How to Prepare Your Portfolio for Anything

Stock market investors should be feeling pretty happy with 2013 so far: Since the start of the year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up by around 900 points, and has been flirting with a record high set before the 2008 downturn. Other major indices such as the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 have been… Continue reading Bull Market Today, Bear Market Tomorrow: How to Prepare Your Portfolio for Anything

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Video Showing the Huge Gap Between Super Rich and Everyone Else Goes Viral

For much of the past decade, policymakers and analysts have decried America’s incredibly low savings rate, noting that U.S. households save a fraction of the money of the rest of the world. Citing a myriad of causes — from cheap credit to exploitative bank practices — they’ve noted that the average family puts away less… Continue reading Video Showing the Huge Gap Between Super Rich and Everyone Else Goes Viral

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SEC Charges Illinois With Securities Fraud — and Settles Immediately

(Alamy)You may want sit down for this one. In an announcement that’s certain to leave the good citizens of Illinois feeling shocked — shocked! — it appears their politicians have not been entirely honest with them about the state of the state’s finances. On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a notice that simultaneously… Continue reading SEC Charges Illinois With Securities Fraud — and Settles Immediately

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Despite Surge in U.S. Stock Prices, Investors Remain Cautious

Five and a half years after the start of a frightening drop that erased $11 trillion from stock portfolios, the Dow Jones industrial average has regained all the losses suffered and reached a new high. (Richard Drew/AP)By MARK JEWELL BOSTON — The Dow Jones industrial average continues to set new records but average investors are… Continue reading Despite Surge in U.S. Stock Prices, Investors Remain Cautious

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Bond Market Crash: Is Disaster Ahead for the ‘Safe’ Part of Your Portfolio?

Just when you’ve finally gotten over the stock market crash from four years ago, there’s a new threat that could potentially hit your portfolio. Even worse, it’s in an area that many people think of as being safer than stocks: the bond market. Goldman Sachs (GS) is the latest big Wall Street institution to sound… Continue reading Bond Market Crash: Is Disaster Ahead for the ‘Safe’ Part of Your Portfolio?

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Apple Raises $17 Billion in Largest Corporate Bond Sale Ever

Getty ImagesBy Ben Rooney Apple sold $17 billion worth of bonds late Tuesday in the largest sale of corporate bonds ever. The company offered both fixed and floating rate bonds, with maturities of of 3, 7, 10 and 30 years. At $17 billion, the offering trumps Roche Holdings’ $16.5 billion bond sale in 2009, according… Continue reading Apple Raises $17 Billion in Largest Corporate Bond Sale Ever

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Investors Eye Fed for Further Clues on Interest Rates

Manuel Balce Ceneta/APFederal Reserve Chairman Ben BernankeBy MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON — When the Federal Reserve offers its latest word on interest rates this week, few think it will telegraph the one thing investors have been most eager to know: When it will slow its bond purchases, which have kept long-term borrowing rates low. The Fed… Continue reading Investors Eye Fed for Further Clues on Interest Rates

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Bonds: We’ve Seen This Movie Before. It Doesn’t End Well

Prev1 of 2Next Getty Images Investors have short memories. Our recollections about five years ago are hazy. Ten years, and lessons are forgotten. Thirty years ago might as well have been the Big Bang. Bonds have been in a 30-year bull market, so even some of the most grizzled professionals haven’t experienced a prolonged period… Continue reading Bonds: We’ve Seen This Movie Before. It Doesn’t End Well

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