Gold Prices Slip on Uncertainty Over Fed Policy

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesBy Jan Harvey LONDON — Gold edged lower on Friday, hurt by a recovery in stock markets and gains in the dollar, as dealers awaited clearer direction on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. European shares climbed on Friday and the dollar index rose 0.2 percent as robust U.S. economic data lifted assets seen… Continue reading Gold Prices Slip on Uncertainty Over Fed Policy

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Are You Ready for a Bitcoin ETF? (And Is It Ready for Your Money?)

Prev1 of 2Next Bloomberg via Getty Images Whether you love them, hate them, or just learned that they actually exist outside of that movie about Facebook (FB), the Winklevoss twins are working twice as hard as everyone else to be relevant in the world of finance. The almost-founders of the world’s biggest social network are… Continue reading Are You Ready for a Bitcoin ETF? (And Is It Ready for Your Money?)

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How to Buy a Dollar with Just 88 Cents

Alamy What if there was a way to buy Apple (AAPL) — recently trading near $568 a share — for just $500? It’s not an outlandish scenario. That’s essentially what investors buying into Tri-Continental (TY) are doing. Like many closed-end stock funds, Tri-Continental trades for less than the value of its underlying assets. In Tri-Continental’s… Continue reading How to Buy a Dollar with Just 88 Cents

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The Risky Funds Ringing Alarm Bells in 2014

AlamyBy Catherine Boyle Brokers prodding individual investors into putting their money into certain key kinds of riskier assets are facing a crackdown from U.S. authorities. Frontier funds, which focus on up-and-coming emerging markets, and complicated, higher-risk products like exchange-traded funds and mortgage-backed securities are among the products in the firing line of the Financial Industry… Continue reading The Risky Funds Ringing Alarm Bells in 2014

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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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Investing Summer School: Understanding the 5 Most Common Ways to Invest

Getty Images When it comes to investing for your future, it can be hard to overcome procrastination. But it’s a lot easier than you might think to get started. All this week, we’re running a series on basic investing lessons, trying to give novices the information they need to invest their money and make it… Continue reading Investing Summer School: Understanding the 5 Most Common Ways to Invest

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Money Minute: Beef Prices Break the Bank; Vanguard Rakes In the Dough

The price of beef is near record highs, and it’s likely to go still higher. Jessica Hill/AP While most food prices have increased only modestly, beef prices have soared 26 percent over the past five years. The main reason for the latest round of beefier prices is the severe drought in Texas and other key… Continue reading Money Minute: Beef Prices Break the Bank; Vanguard Rakes In the Dough

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Gold Is Cheap Again: 5 Ways to Get It Into Your Portfolio

(Getty Images)More than nearly any other investment, gold inspires strong opinions among investors. On one hand, superinvestor Warren Buffett has said that buying gold merely locks up your money in an asset that in his words is “neither of much use nor procreative.” On the other side of the coin you have advocates arguing that… Continue reading Gold Is Cheap Again: 5 Ways to Get It Into Your Portfolio

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14 ETFs to Watch in 2014 — Even If You Don’t Buy Them

Prev1 of 2Next Alamy 2014 has just begun, and already, investors have seen some surprises. A rare first-trading-day drop in the stock market has engendered fresh nervousness about the prospects for a market correction. If you’re one of those worried watchers, consider keeping one eye on exchange-traded funds. Because they cover many different portions of… Continue reading 14 ETFs to Watch in 2014 — Even If You Don’t Buy Them

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