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It was the export announcement that shook the global economy. On Oct. 9, Germany announced that its exports fell by 5.8 percent, the largest monthly drop in five years. Over the next five days, the S&P 500 plummeted nearly 4 percent, leaving investors wondering, once again, if the world was heading toward another recession. When the …

CalSTRS investment strategy

Find out how the head of CalSTRS, the nation’s second largest public pension fund, is investing in this market.

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A brief pause in the pace of companies buying back their own stock likely will reverse in 2015, with companies expected to crank up the repurchase machine. Buybacks probably will increase 18 percent to $707 billion next year, according to an analysis from Goldman Sachs that also projects only a modest growth in business investment. …

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Talk to people over age 70 and, chances are, they’ll tell you they started taking Social Security benefits early. But talk to financial advisors, and they’ll say doing so is not necessarily the wisest decision. “If you can delay taking the benefits, then do,” said certified financial planner Bill Schretter, owner of Life-Legacy Services. “Don’t …

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Every market pundit has an opinion on whether the market is now at or near a bubble. And after the recent bout of volatility, triggered by a resurgent and scary narrative about a “slowing global economy,” investors who have been in on the six-year bull market run would be right to question the profits they …

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Most financial advisors urge people in their 20s to load up on stocks. The only problem is that, according to a growing body of research, these young investors want nothing to do with stocks. Rather than maximize their potential returns through big chunks of stocks in their portfolios, many young investors these days are taking …

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As fears from Ebola and a global slowdown spread, stocks plunged on October 15, with the Dow falling more than 400 points during the afternoon before recovering slightly.

Assets under management in the passive index trackers or exchange traded product (ETP) market in Europe have doubled in size in the last five years, as investors tire of high fees and unpredictable returns. Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), the most popular ETPs, are securities which track an index, commodity or basket of assets. Read More Investors …

Active vs. passive investing

Double-digit gains for the year are once again a possibility for the major averages and that is raising the question for investors, which is better: passive or active investing?

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The mix of stocks, bonds and cash you hold determines your level of risk and likely return. But it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Over time, different asset classes produce different returns, causing your portfolio to drift from its target allocation. Stocks, for example, typically outperform their fixed-income counterparts, causing a conservative portfolio that consists …

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Shares of coal and natural gas companies, as well as medical device makers have not yet fully priced in the Republican blowout in midterm elections, according to investors. “You get your post-election rally and then you get the earnings shift because of the changes made by the newly elected leaders,” said Daniel Clifton of Strategas …

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Markets have rebounded sharply since touching correction territory on October 15, with two S&P sectors posting double-digit gains since. S&P Sectors Price Intraday Low on 10/15 % Chg. Since 10/15 Health Care 782.54 700.15 11.77% Industrials 475.56 431.87 10.12% Information Technology 668.81 616.46 8.49% Consumer Discretionary 540 500.86 7.81% Financials 320.45 296.79 7.97% Utilities 230.04 …

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Marissa Mayer

Yahoo has been on a tear recently. What shareholders might not realize: They have more to thank than Alibaba‘s share price. Shares of Yahoo have risen by more than 20 percent in the last 10 days, reaching the highest level since the dotcom bubble in 2000. The most obvious explanation is a 13 percent rise …

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“There aren’t bad investment products, just poor uses for them.” This was a line I was taught to parrot years ago in my training at one of the world’s largest insurance companies. But while clever and convenient, it’s complete and utter nonsense. A great number of investments simply don’t deserve your—or anyone else’s—attention or dollars. …

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America’s obesity epidemic is arguably showing up more in the results of public companies, but not always in the ways that companies want. McDonald’s sales are declining, and Coca Cola’s latest results didn’t give out too many smiles, either. Meanwhile, some “healthier” food options continue to gain: Chipotle Mexican Grill shares are up 15 percent …

Amazon posts huge loss

Shares of Amazon tumbled after the company reported its largest quarterly loss in 14 years. Should investors stick with Amazon?