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Despite four-straight down trading days, longtime stock bull Jeremy Siegel said Friday he feels more relaxed about the prospects for stocks than he did two weeks ago. The last time the Wharton school finance professor was on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” a week before the Federal Reserve’s mid-March meeting, he said stocks may be in for …

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Investors worried about a major downturn in the stock market can rest a little easier, the chief investment strategist at Strategas Research Partners said Friday on the heels of a four-day selloff in U.S. stocks. “You have time. If you’re looking for the big one, I think you have another year, two years. This might …

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Something highly unusual, and potentially quite bearish, has just happened to the stock market. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the S&P 500 closed at the lows of the day in three-straight sessions. It is rare for stocks to close at the dead lows on any given day. Until Monday, it only happened once this year, …

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You need to know this number: $18,433. That’s the median amount in a 401(k) savings account, according to a recent report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Almost 40 percent of employees have less than $10,000, even as the proportion of companies offering alternatives like defined benefit pensions continues to drop. Older workers do tend …

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Stocks, stuck in their own zigzag pattern near record highs, remain vulnerable to the whims of unusually volatile currencies in the week ahead. As financial markets adjust to the Fed’s latest guidance on rates, traders will be hyper-focused on any potential clues in economic data or central bank speak that would help clarify timing of …

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Risky assets such as equities are not yet in bubble territory, Goldman Sachs Chief Global Equity Strategist Peter Oppenheimer said Monday. Talking to CNBC Europe’s “Squawk Box” about the risk of asset-price bubbles, Oppenheimer said an inevitable consequence of a having interest rates near zero was that many investors across the world were pushed up …

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Biotechs and small caps are the top performers on Wall Street, with the health-care subsector up about 8 percent for the week and the Russell 2000 hitting new highs. Investors are expected to continue pouring money into biotechs and small caps because the sectors are insulated from the impact of the rising dollar. “We have …

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Traders’ superstitious fears about Friday the 13th are based somewhat on history. Back to 1980, there have been five Friday 13ths in March and they have been pretty negative for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index, according to Kensho, a quantitative analysis tool used by hedge funds. On those days, the …

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File this one under “What could possibly go wrong?” A few years ago a former client of certified financial planner Rebecca Kennedy had wanted to help out his 20-something son with an investment opportunity. It was shortly after Colorado had passed a voter referendum making medicinal marijuana legal. The son wanted to start a grow …

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Robert Chapman, activist investor and CEO of Chapman Capital, has taken a long position in Lumber Liquidators amid controversy over the safety of the company’s products. Chapman told CNBC his position in Lumber Liquidators is roughly 15 percent of his fund and is partly through call options. Lumber Liquidators’ stock spiked nearly 10 percent in …

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Just because hot start-ups like Kabam, ZocDoc and Sunrun are staying private longer than did tech companies of the past, retail investors don’t have to be totally shut out of the action. They just need to be more creative. One method gaining traction is the SharesPost 100 Fund, a collection of venture-backed companies that’s been …

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With the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 200 points, investors should be buying, history shows. Over the last three years, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF has opened with a so-called gap lower of 1 percent or more 17 times and on 12 of those days it paid to buy into that selling as …

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Everybody wants to know what the so-called “smart money” is buying and selling. Well, now we know. According to data provided to CNBC, we know exactly which names saw the biggest change in ownership in the fourth quarter. The data come from eVestment, a supplier of data and analytics to institutional asset managers. The company …

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We just heard this week from America’s most famous value investor, Warren Buffett, as he talked about his strategy and the biggest names in his portfolio. Now we get a glimpse of what the rest of his cohorts are trading. According to data provided to CNBC, we see how the universe of institutional value players changed …

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Investors see worse returns during the periods surrounding both marriage and divorce, according to a research paper published by the Social Science Research Network this month. The research found that the annualized alpha, a measure of performance on a risk-adjusted basis, of younger fund managers fell nearly 16 percent during a divorce, while that of …