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Carl Icahn’s big bet on Apple is now one of the greatest trades of all time. Icahn has made about $3.4 billion on the technology company since he first tweeted about the position on Aug. 13, 2013, according to a CNBC analysis of public ownership disclosures and stock prices. ( Tweet this ) That gain …

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Where do you want to spend your retirement? Americans almost universally say they want to be in their own homes, close to their families and near good friends. If they develop significant health issues—as they almost certainly will later in retirement—they want to deal with them where they live for as long as they can. …

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Currency-hedged ETFs were once the hottest trades in town. The question is whether they are set to heat up once again. By granting investors the ability to gain exposure to foreign stocks without the currency risk that tends to be inherent in such trades, these products served as an ideal way to make popular bets …

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The idea of staying in the family home may be a comforting thought for people heading into retirement, but for many Americans it’s probably a bad idea. The median two-person household entering retirement has a net worth of a just over $300,000, with a home—or equity in one—representing more than half of their assets, according …

Interest rates on the rise

The volatility in the stock market is partly because of the bond market, which saw the yield on the 10-year hit a six-month high.

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Tyler Mathisen asks Vanguard’s chief about the rising interest rate environment and what it could mean for bonds and stocks.

One-on-one with Charles Schwab CEO

Tyler Mathisen sits down with Walt Bettinger, CEO of Charles Schwab to discuss whether investors are well positioned for changing interest rates.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

They were the stocks to buy in a low interest rate environment, their enticingly high dividends exactly what yield-hungry investors were hunting for. Now the stocks of real estate investment trusts (REITs) are taking a dive on fears of higher interest rates. The S&P REIT index is down close to 8 percent in the last …

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A worker monitors a process inside the Codelco Ventanas copper refinery in Ventanas, Chile, Jan. 7, 2015.

The red metal has been red-hot lately, rising 6.5 percent since the start of last week. In fact, copper has just enjoyed its best week since 2011. Investors seem to be getting a bit less bearish about China, the world’s biggest consumer of copper. On Friday, China’s official purchasing managers’ index showed mild growth in …

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It’s natural for parents to want to help and support their children. But should that help continue well into adulthood? By helping too much, parents run the risk of imperiling their own financial future and creating dependence. “The reality is that you are not doing the adult kids any favors at all by always bailing …

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Dan, an Uber driver in Los Angeles, says his out-of-pocket costs reach about $5,000 a year.

Many stock investors have taken solace in a belief that if the Uber-fueled private technology bubble bursts it will be contained to Silicon Valley. But that may not be the case if these private competitors to public companies lower valuations of the whole social media and messaging industry, investors said. And many investors now have …

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Fifty-three million Americans are now living the freelance life, and they have one very big thing in common: Without the backing of a full-time employer, the onus is on freelancers to handle their own retirement planning. In all, about 34 percent of the nation’s workforce is now freelance, according to a nationwide survey put out …

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Major private equity fund managers, including several billionaires, gave their best investment idea at the Milken Institute Global Conference. Speaking in Los Angeles on Monday, each revealed what they thought was the surest way to make money by investing in private assets. Read More Trust robots with money, not ‘emotional’ humans Steve Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and …

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With interest rates projected to rise and inventory increasingly tight, the window for purchasing a second home at an affordable price may be starting to close. Such sentiment has helped to fuel the recent boom in vacation property sales among affluent investors, many of whom are feeling flush on the heels of a six-year stock …

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If you pay close attention to stock market news, you may be aware of the struggles among some big consumer brands, including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, to remain relevant and grow sales. Yet long-term investors in these stocks probably aren’t overly concerned. Why? Over the past 25 years, these brand-name stocks have turned in eye-popping performance. …