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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.

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The Dow Jones industrial average touched 17,000 for the first time on Thursday, 7 months after the index closed above 16,000 for the first time. Four Dow components gained more than 20 percent during that time, while only six components were even slightly negative. Read More 87 years of the Dow 30—can you name them all? …

Q2 winners

As the calendar nears the end of the second quarter, Dominic Chu takes a look the industries that outperformed the markets.

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The years just before retiring, when you’re in your 50s and 60s, are the most critical to having a successful retirement. Typically, these are your peak earning years, when many of your larger expenses—such as buying a home or funding your children’s college educations—are finished. But as you take the final turn before retirement, there …

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It’s been five years since the recession ended, and most of America’s financial institutions are still standing. The crisis didn’t alter the country’s banks like some people had thought it would, yet many bank executives are still feeling uncertain about the industry’s future. However, it’s not the global economy that has them worried, but rather …