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 …

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Gold prices rose again last week on news of the downing of Malaysia Air Flight MH17, the latest in a series of geopolitical shocks that have sent the price of the precious metal up this year. The price of gold rose 4 percent in the year preceding July 17. On news that the airliner had …

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Ask any investor to name a sector or two that pays dividends and you’re likely to get telecoms and utilities every time. These industries have traditionally been paid the most, with the average telecom offering a nearly 4.8 percent yield and utilities paying about 3.5 percent. What many investors don’t realize is that other sectors …

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Bonds have long been viewed as a port in the storm, a low-risk asset class that creates consistent cash flow and helps to balance equity market mood swings. But with rates for Treasuries and other safe haven securities barely keeping pace with inflation—and in some cases falling behind—yield-hungry investors have been forced to purchase fixed-income …

The hidden risks in target-date funds

Target-date funds have become all the rage for retirement savers. They’re like mutual funds, but make investments that get more conservative as they get close to the target date of an investor’s retirement. Find out the three hidden risks in those target-date funds that savers need to know.

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In March, John Apruzzese began keeping a close eye on clothing business Ralph Lauren. The company looked interesting to Evercore Wealth Management’s chief investment officer, but the price wasn’t right back then. It wasn’t until mid-June that an opportunity to buy the stock presented itself. Shares dropped 10 percent since the beginning of the year—and about …

Dow 17K & your money

With the Dow at 17,000, two financial advisors offer investing tips for people ages 20 to 50.