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Retirement is a looming goal throughout our lives, yet most of us don’t want to think about it until it’s later in the game. In hindsight, we wish we had. To help Americans gradually reach that goal, Adventist HealthCare Retirement Plan put together a helpful retirement checklist, and CNBC has expanded upon it. 20s: Savings …

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When investors think of putting their money abroad, especially in conflict-ridden regions of the world, they have to factor big risks against possibly big returns. Nowhere is that more true than in Africa, and as President Barack Obama tours Kenya and Ethiopia, the continent is resurfacing as a hot topic in the investment community. According …

Natural gas attracting investments

Morgan Brennan tells us about a part of the energy market that’s flying under the radar, even as it attracts a lot of investment dollars.

Red hot real estate sector

Diana Olick tells us about a little known sector of real estate investment that has a lot of profit potential.

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Investors aren’t keen on surprises, especially when they’re getting out their checkbooks to write a series of very large checks for their children’s college education. Right when you’d rather be helping your child pick out pillows and comforters for the college dorm is not the time to find out that your 529 college savings account …

Is indexing right for you?

The nation’s second largest pension fund uses indexing to invest, but is it the right strategy for you? Tyler Mathisen sits down with the chief investment officer of CalSTERS.

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Several stocks spiked Wednesday after activist investors unveiled plans at the Delivering Alpha conference to drive structural changes during a panel dedicated to best ideas. Macy’s shares rose after activist investor Jeffrey Smith said they are worth nearly double their current value. The Starboard Value LP CEO and CIO contended the stock should be worth …

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There are a number of ways in which a company can return wealth to its shareholders. Although stock price appreciation and dividends are the two most common ways of doing this, there is also something called shareholder buybacks. Buybacks are a less direct way of returning cash to shareholders, explains Hardeep Walia, founder and CEO …

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If you’re able to pay off your mortgage early, should you do it? It seems like a simple decision, but there are actually many sides to the story. CNBC asked several advisors to weigh in, and they came up with a number of pros and cons. When it’s wise to pay it off “I recently …

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TD Ameritrade Holding, parent of the biggest discount brokerage firm by trade executions, said it has resolved “widespread” problems experienced when trying to execute orders, including those that it has accepted, company officials said on Friday morning. Via email, TD Ameritrade wrote, “This morning we experienced an issue with an order router supporting one of …

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China’s stock market rebounded slightly on Thursday, slowing a massive selloff that has erased trillions of yuan of value in recent weeks. The crash and subsequent measures to slow the losses have emphasized how different the Chinese stock market—which was established in the early 1990s—is from its American counterpart. 1. Everyday Chinese citizens dominate the …

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The wild ride for Chinese stocks continues, with the Shanghai Composite now down some 25 percent in the last month, though the index has still risen more than 80 percent over the past year. The Chinese government, which cheered the rally on the way up, is now attempting to stem the decline. New initial public …

Getting millennials to invest

Meet the creators of Acorns, an app that aims to get millennials investing.

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An alternative investment is anything that is not one of the three traditional asset types: stocks, bonds and cash. That means there is a wide range of investments that fall under the alternative investments umbrella, including hedge funds, managed futures, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts, explains Richard Coppa, certified financial planner and managing director …

What is a stock split

Netflix splits its stock 7-for-1, but do splits really matter?