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Exchange-traded fund providers, including Vanguard, Charles Schwab and BlackRock‘s iShares, have been slashing the expense ratios on their index ETFs in the past two years, trying to one-up each other and win more of your investing money. The stakes are high among the ETF industry giants, as investors embrace the passive style of fund management in greater numbers. …

Market Monitor: Chris Orndorf

Looking to invest in dividend stocks for the long haul? Our Market Monitor has a list of stocks you may want to consider buying for your portfolio.

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You know you’ve been thinking about it, especially with the S&P 500 cruising past 2,000 and the bull market now six years running: Is it time to sell some stocks and get out ahead of a “market top”? Here’s the problem: Most information about investing that I’ve read during my career is more instructional about investing in …

Stress test for mutual funds?

The SEC is considering new rules to increase oversight of mutual funds, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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It’s no wonder that target-date funds have emerged as a welcome staple in many workers’ 401(k) plans. These funds, whose assets automatically shift into more conservative investments as individuals approach retirement, offer sophisticated and diversified exposure to Wall Street with little effort by the investor. “Most investors tend to be hands-off,” said Janet Yang, a …

Jobs & the economy

The economy added jobs in August, but nearly 100,000 fewer than forecast. What does the jobs report mean for the economy, the Federal Reserve and investors?

Stocks to watch

Just two more trading days to close out August and it looks like this had been the best August for Wall Street in 14 years. Things could turn ugly on Monday with the start of September, a month notorious for market corrections. As Morgan Brennan shows us, there are a few stocks that investors should …

Back-to-school investor checklist

Tim Maurer has smart “back-to-school” moves for investors of all ages.

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A Tim Hortons restaurant in Toronto.

It’s never felt so good waking up to Tim Hortons. Should investors take the profits and run, or stick around for another helping? Shares of the leading Canadian fast-food chain jumped 23 percent in mid-session trading Monday after announcing it was in talks to merge with Burger King Worldwide. The move was a pleasant change of pace …

The best way to invest in a bull market

The rising market has rekindled the debate over what’s the best way to invest — use a low cost index fund that basically matches the market, or try to beat it over time by hiring an active fund manager.

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Investors are more protected against a sharp fall in equity markets than at any other point since October 2008 amid Fed worries and geopolitical fears, according to a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch survey. Unsure where to put money to work, fund managers have taken cash to its highest level since June 2012, with close to a third …

Geopolitical Hotspots

Investors gobbled up stocks Friday seemingly unworried about geopolitical tensions. Stocks also rallied on word from Russian news agencies that tensions may be easing between Russia and Ukraine. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the latest.

Protecting your money

A lousy start to the trading day got even worse, but there are ways to protect your money in this market.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes out of a meeting room to receive his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay, before the start of their bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

There’s skepticism among some observers over whether the Indian stock market can continue to rally after a nearly 30 percent gain so far in 2014. Not to worry, there’s still plenty of opportunity in the world’s largest democracy say some analysts who specialize in the country, and a few sectors show particular promise. One area …

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Real-estate websites Zillow and Trulia have crafted a clever deal to send their high-flying share prices to even greater heights. Should investors hang on or start looking for parachutes? Zillow, the leading U.S. real-estate site, said Monday it had agreed to buy rival Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. Shares of both companies had already rallied strongly in anticipation …