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Illinois companies delivered in 2013

Most stocks — like the overall market —provided big rewards You had to try hard to lose money in Illinois stocks in 2013.

How to handle a windfall

Temper urge to splurge and put some funds in savings What if you are lucky enough to get a windfall? Maybe a small inheritance from a long-lost cousin, or even something modest like a $2,000 tax refund or the $10,000 bonus Boeing machinists just received for signing a new contract.

World economies pose biggest risk in 2014

China, eurozone could still shock markets in coming year The prevailing view for 2014 is that the world is a safer place for investors than it's been for the past six years. The U.S. economy is in a sustainable recovery, the risk of a financial crisis in Europe is low and China's growth is still apparently intact.

Many funds could be riskier than you think

Individuals might be shocked by the losses their mutual funds could incur That mutual fund you bought, figuring it would shield you from pain in the stock market, may turn out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing.

MarksJarvis: Lessons learned from the stock market in 2013

Despite its 30 percent gain, exuberance from heady bygone days is absent 2013 was the best year for the stock market since 1997 and a reminder of the sweet time at the end of the 1990s when 30 percent annual gains seemed easy and regular Americans presumed themselves expert investors.

MarksJarvis: Investors won't have to go cold turkey

Fed's news on tapering of stimulus doesn't produce expected jitters Even addicts know they can't keep overdosing without doing themselves horrible harm.

MarksJarvis: Cash-flush companies resort to buybacks, raised dividends

Trend enriches stockholders, but it may not be as healthy for the economy Despite their ongoing struggle to get customers to buy their products and services, large U.S. companies flush with cash are handing it out like candy to win investors' affections.

Holiday giving can be charitable for you too

The holiday season, and the end of the tax year, is a key time of year for writing checks to charity After their Thanksgiving dinner, Tandreia Bellamy and her two teenage children headed to the Fox Valley mall near Chicago to do some shopping, but they had no intention of seeking bargains for themselves, friends or relatives.

MarksJarvis: December gives investors cold feet

Experts still expect happy new year despite 3-day slide Did Santa get stuck in Wall Street's chimney? 

MarksJarvis: Insecurity could haunt holiday spending

Financial pressures have eased but not disappeared Will shoppers be naughty or nice to retailers this holiday season?

Size up tax hit before adjusting portfolio

With the stock market up 25 percent this year, and some mutual funds up 30 percent or more, some investors are getting itchy to sell winners and make sure they pocket the full benefit before a possible downturn.

MarksJarvis: Bracing for a potential stock market plunge

Some analysts say a steep downturn is around the corner For those savoring these sweet moments of stock market bliss, brace yourselves.

MarksJarvis: 5 reasons stocks are trading higher

The Dow Jones industrial average is up 22 percent this year — a surprising gain for a period when investors fretted about a lackluster economic recovery The Dow Jones industrial average closed slightly less than 24 points short of 16,000, at a record high Monday.

MarksJarvis: Is the market getting too hot?

'Correction' could be on the way after investors race back in You couldn't pry individuals away from the safety of bonds, cash and CDs as the stock market climbed 26 percent just a month after hitting a scary low in March 2009 amid the financial crisis.

Year-end tax strategies can ease your burden

With less than two months to go before the end of the year, now is the time for some quick maneuvers so your tax return doesn't make you sick early next year.

MarksJarvis: Economy stronger, but growth in jobs, wages lacking

Labor market may not return to pre-financial crisis average until early 2017, economist says The economy is showing some signs of strength — not tremendous strength, mind you, but enough to prove there was adequate heft to weather the partial government shutdown and keep investors in a stock market that has climbed a remarkable 23.6 percent this year.

MarksJarvis: Financial crisis remains a 'festering sore'

Officials who guided U.S. through meltdown say their actions were necessary Do the political leaders who required you to bail out Wall Street in 2008 know how angry you and other Americans remain five years after the financial crisi...

MarksJarvis: Weak jobs report a mixed bag

Disappointing figures show economy limping along; resulting S&P 500 record a sweet treat for investors If you are an investor, you don't have to wait until Halloween to get your fill of candy.

MarksJarvis: Shadow of uncertainty could linger for months

Temporary solutions to debt ceiling and shutdown could crush holiday spending No relief for the weary or disgusted investor — this week or for the next few months.

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