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10 Best Stock Funds for 2015

10 Best Stock Funds for 2015

The party’s not over yet. But fears of a nasty hangover are growing among investors as they prepare to enter the seventh year of the bull market. In picking stock funds, that means a heavy dose of c...

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New Spin-Offs

New Spin-Offs

By the end of this year, about 60 publicly traded US companies will have split off big pieces of themselves and dozens more will have announced plans to do so. Two recent announcements were from Hewle...

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“Un-Gross” Bond Funds

“Un-Gross” Bond Funds

The recent resignation of “bond king” Bill Gross as manager of the Pimco Total Return Fund, by far the biggest bond fund in the world, has many investors wondering where to go to find a safe and a...

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What’s Ahead for Stocks?

What’s Ahead for Stocks?

The legendary Burton Malkiel answers your questions The stock market’s dizzying heights and occasional swoons have many investors wondering whether it’s too dangerous now to stick with stocks. So...

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Hidden Traps in Employer Tuition Programs

Hidden Traps in Employer Tuition Programs

The coffee chain Starbucks drew a lot of attention recently when it announced that it would cover the cost of undergraduate college tuition for its employees. While the benefit is welcomed by many emp...

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Taxpayer Victories (and Defeats) Can Save You $$$

Taxpayer Victories (and Defeats) Can Save You $$$

Tax rules are not always clear-cut. Several recent rulings, including some victories for taxpayers and some defeats, help clarify the rules and provide lessons that could help you save money on taxes ...

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Closed-End Clones

Closed-End Clones

When is a clone better than the original? When it’s a bargain-priced copy of a bond mutual fund. Mutual funds sometimes create so-called closed-end funds that have the same manager and strategy—an...

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Small Emerging-Market Stocks

Small Emerging-Market Stocks

Many investors feel pretty brave when they venture into ­emerging-market stocks, which can be relatively volatile. But for the most part, the stocks they are betting on are from fairly large, well-­...

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You May Have These Rare Coins in Your Pocket!

You May Have These Rare Coins in Your Pocket!

You may have a coin in your pocket—just a piece of ordinary change—that is worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars. These days, plenty of these collectible coins are back in circulation, than...

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4 Biggest Mistakes Investors Are Making Now

4 Biggest Mistakes Investors Are Making Now

Many of the investors who visit Peter Mallouk’s offices in a Kansas City suburb have one big request—don’t let me make a fatal financial mistake. That’s especially true lately, as investors wo...

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