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Everybody wants to know what the so-called “smart money” is buying and selling. Well, now we know. According to data provided to CNBC, we know exactly which names saw the biggest change in ownership in the fourth quarter. The data come from eVestment, a supplier of data and analytics to institutional asset managers. The company …

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We just heard this week from America’s most famous value investor, Warren Buffett, as he talked about his strategy and the biggest names in his portfolio. Now we get a glimpse of what the rest of his cohorts are trading. According to data provided to CNBC, we see how the universe of institutional value players changed …

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Investors see worse returns during the periods surrounding both marriage and divorce, according to a research paper published by the Social Science Research Network this month. The research found that the annualized alpha, a measure of performance on a risk-adjusted basis, of younger fund managers fell nearly 16 percent during a divorce, while that of …

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Warren Buffett

It’s not like Warren Buffett has a crystal ball. In fact, the Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO would be quick to tell you he doesn’t know what the stock market is going to do tomorrow, next month or next year. Although the man known as America’s greatest investor has said he doesn’t believe you’ll make money …

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Hedge fund investing is expensive, but following what the big-name managers do is not. Such is the premise of “clone” funds, a small but growing sector of the market in which managers track what the best names in the hedge industry—think Leon Cooperman, Carl Icahn or David Tepper—are doing via the 13f disclosure forms they …

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It’s regarded as conventional wisdom that young people’s retirement plans should be mostly in stocks when they first start investing. But some advisors say that’s too risky. Many millennials will have to rely almost exclusively on what they have in their 401(k) and other workplace retirement plans, so where they invest and what they invest …

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Insecurity. It’s not a word most women want to be associated with—at least, not in the working world. But why is it that so many women are insecure when it comes to investing? Especially when they pay the bills, cut the college tuition checks and are the ones to shop for better deals? It’s not …

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Real estate equity-crowdfunding projects are giving individual accredited investors a shot at owning a piece of residential and commercial Manhattan real estate—with investments as low as $10,000. Owning a piece of Manhattan real estate may be a lofty pipe dream for some. But investors from around the world are now able to own a stake …

Investment path to citizenship

A proposed real estate building in Miami is luring investors from abroad with the promise of U.S. citizenship.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission allows certain securities offered by companies and private funds to be exempt from registration as long as they are only offered to, or purchased by, accredited investors. These securities can include hedge funds, venture capital funds, and companies raising capital in the burgeoning sector of equity crowdfunding. But what, or …

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Investment advisors are less bullish on the economy than they were a year ago, according to a new survey, but their outlook on U.S. financial markets remains largely positive. The latest TD Ameritrade Institutional RIA Sentiment Survey, released Thursday, found 2014 was a strong year for registered investment advisors who saw double-digit growth in clients, …

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An investor could drive themselves to the point of paralysis trying to figure out the exact moment for an opportunistic energy stock investment. One day the oil prices are back up 5 percent—signaling a “bottom” has been reached—until the next day, when oil prices are back down by an equal amount—signaling that oil prices can, …

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The president’s goal is lifting the incomes of middle-class families that have stagnated in recent decades while more affluent Americans have benefited from economic growth. To do that, he proposed decreasing some tax benefits from the affluent in order to increase benefits for the less well off. Specifically, the president proposed to raise $1 billion …

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The housing recovery began losing steam toward the end of 2014. Rising home prices and tight credit combined to sideline potential buyers, especially those considering an investment in their first home. While hopes are high for 2015’s spring market, there are several headwinds that could derail some of that optimism. First and foremost is credit. …

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Warren Buffett favorite Coca-Cola has a secret formula for extra income that no other company has replicated. But it may also pose a unique risk for Coke shareholders. A little-noticed line on the company’s income statement reveals something that may surprise some investors: Coke actually makes more money from interest income than it pays out …