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Weathering a stock market correction

Q: I've been planning to invest a large amount of money in a Vanguard index fund. Just when I was ready to fill out the forms the Dow Jones industrial average started to fall and alarming news stories were calling it a correction. I don't want to put money into this fund and immediately lose...

Dow closes down 173 points, not nearly as bad as the 400 earlier

Investors continued to run for safety Wednesday, driving the Dow Jones industrial average down another 173 points, to 16,141. But it could have been worse. In a rush to the exits earlier in the day, the Dow had plunged more than 400 points.

Should you get out of the Pimco Total Return Fund??

If you have a 401(k), there's a good chance you have money in the Pimco fund, because it's been one of the darlings of the fund industry. The fund's longtime manager and founder, Bill Gross, has been a rock star among mutual fund managers, with his every word followed in the media and people...

Stakes high for coming earnings season

Will a stronger American economy be enough to bolster U.S. corporate profits and calm investors at a time when the world is unmistakenly turning weaker?

Investors expected to stick to stocks

As the stock market enters the last quarter of the year, investors are expected to stick with stocks. Not because they think stocks are a great deal. Rather, professional investors see no other game in town.

You may be your retirement fund's worst enemy

Ask just about anyone near retirement age if they think they will have plenty of money to last through retirement and you're likely to see their insecurity.

Benefits, not just paychecks, have fallen on hard times

Paychecks have been disappointing investors for years, but that's not all that's been putting pressure on household spending.

Low interest rates not helping Europe's economy

Europe is hurting. But the continent's debt and stagnation problems aren't going to end soon.

Recent college grads face stagnant pay prospects

As college freshmen begin to lay the groundwork for their futures, the job experiences of many recent college graduates may take some of the thrill and promise out of early days on campus.

Take steps to limit damage if hackers snare your data

You might have gone to a supermarket, mailed a package at UPS or gone to a restaurant or hospital and thought nothing about holding your wallet tightly.

In time, S&P 500's milestone will mean little

The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the most commonly used representation of the stock market, made history Tuesday as it crossed over the 2,000 mark and closed at 2,000.02.

Investors await Yellen's words from Wyoming, where Fed meets this week

This week, the Federal Reserve will go into one of the most carefully scrutinized events of the year when it debates whether employment has healed enough to let interest rates start to rise.

Caution when considering loans from a 401(k)

Q: My wife stopped working and started staying home when we had our little ones. Now we have a lot of credit card debt we'd like to get rid of. Assuming I have a solid 401(k) balance for my age, is it wise to take a loan from my 401(k) to pay off the credit cards? I'm 40 and have $165,000 in my...

Investors worry about Europe

On the face of it, the stock market seems to be drifting lower based on military tensions and geopolitical concerns involving the Middle East and Russia.

Iraq crisis fuels concern for oil prices

Many moderate-income Americans in no position to weather ongoing spike in gasoline costs Many moderate-income Americans in no position to weather ongoing spike in gasoline costs

Can't decide where to invest? You're not alone

Pricey stocks, bonds have experts guessing too Pricey stocks, bonds have experts guessing too

Continued rally puts investors in tough spot

Choice between stocks, bonds confounds even market experts Choice between stocks, bonds confounds even market experts

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