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Searching for Yield in Today's Market

Income-oriented investors have had a tough go of it for the past several years. Persistently low interest rates have curtailed traditional sources of yield. Yet, by broadening their search criteria, investors may uncover new ways to diversify their income portfolios with potentially more attractive options.
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Should You "Fix" Variable Rate Debt?

While investors are keeping a close watch on the Federal Reserve for indications of when it will start raising interest rates, the consensus among economists is that it will begin its credit-tightening cycle at some point this year.
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Large-Cap Stocks: Why They Could Be a Building Block for Your Portfolio

Stocks and stock mutual funds are often grouped according to size, or "market cap," a term that represents the total dollar value of a company's shares.1 Market cap is calculated by multiplying a stock's price by the number of shares outstanding. For instance, if XYZ Corp. had a price of $25 per share and had 10 million shares outstanding, it would have a market cap of $250 million.
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When More Risk Equals Less Risk

If I asked you to name the most risky asset class, which would you pick? Emerging markets1 Commodities2 High-yield bonds3
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Coping With Market Volatility

Global market volatility ramped up last summer as worries about the tenuous state of the Chinese economy shook virtually all major financial benchmarks, indicating once again how interrelated the world's economies and investment markets have become.
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Of Market Bubbles and Busts: Learn to Spot Trouble in the Making

Recent stock market conditions in China present a classic illustration of the boom/bust cycle that periodically disrupts financial markets. While bubbles and subsequent busts occur in the investment world from time to time, there are typically some telltale signs to help investors recognize when there is trouble brewing.
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Millennials: The "Slow and Steady" Generation of Investors

With some $30 trillion poised to change hands over the next several decades from parents and grandparents to so-called Millennials -- those 90-million-plus Americans aged 18 to 33 -- the financial services industry will have its work cut out for it.
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Brush Up on Your IRA Facts

If you are opening an IRA for the first time or need a refresher course on the specifics of IRA ownership, here are some facts for your consideration.
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Women: Make a Financial Plan -- the Secret of Your Success

Financial planning is more than just a good idea. Research has consistently shown that people who have financial plans -- and who work with financial advisors -- save and invest far more and are nearly twice as likely to feel on track or ahead of schedule in preparing for major financial goals, such as retirement.While having a financial plan is important for everyone, it is especially so for women.
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Focus on Fundamentals: Asset Allocation

The way you divide your investment dollars among stock, bond, and money market investments is known as asset allocation.
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