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Faltering Funds

Faltering Funds

Would you invest in a mutual fund that trailed more than three-quarters of its category over the past year? Slumps are common even among the best stock pickers—85% of funds that beat their benchmark...

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The 4 Best Stock Sectors Now (and the 3 Worst)

The 4 Best Stock Sectors Now (and the 3 Worst)

Investors often focus on the ups and downs of the overall stock market or a few individual stocks. But there is a better way to gauge where the most attractive opportunities and the biggest dangers li...

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Home Equity Lines of Credit: The New Rules

Home Equity Lines of Credit: The New Rules

Home-equity lines of credit, which became scarce as banks pulled back and consumers grew wary during the housing market bust, are becoming widely available and popular again. But the new generation of...

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Today's Best Rates for Savings, Checking, CDs, More

Today's Best Rates for Savings, Checking, CDs, More

Where to Stash Your Cash Back in the early 1980s, you could walk into a bank and get a six-month certificate of deposit yielding more than 15%. And even as late as 2001, you could get one yielding mo...

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Small Utilities

Small Utilities

In the first half of 2014, utility stocks soared 17%, on average, the best performance of the 10 major US stock sectors—surprising most analysts. Those analysts expected rising interest rates to hur...

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Focused Funds

Focused Funds

Within just three days in March, the Fairholme Fund plunged nearly 7% even though the overall stock market barely budged. Reason: Fairholme was invested in just nine stocks (compared with dozens or hu...

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Is There Trouble in Your Will?

Is There Trouble in Your Will?

Don't Let Your Heirs Lose Out Taxpayers have entered a new era in estate planning. Now that the federal estate tax is not triggered until assets top $5.34 million (or even higher, inflation-adjusted ...

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The 5 Biggest Threats to the Bull Market

The 5 Biggest Threats to the Bull Market

After soaring 190% since it bottomed out in 2009, the stock market is facing major challenges that threaten to end the ride. These range from regional conflicts involving Iraq and Ukraine to a slowdow...

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Why You Don't Want the House in the Divorce

Why You Don't Want the House in the Divorce

And Other Assets That Aren't Worth As Much As You Think Be very careful how you split up the possessions if you split up with your spouse. Accepting certain assets in a divorce settlement could leave...

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6 Winning Stocks from the "Oracle of Tampa"

6 Winning Stocks from the "Oracle of Tampa"

Better Than Warren Buffett? Harold J. Bowen III is not ashamed to say that he follows the generally boring, plain-vanilla approach of legendary investors such as Warren Buffett. It's just that Bowen,...

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