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A worker monitors a process inside the Codelco Ventanas copper refinery in Ventanas, Chile, Jan. 7, 2015.

The red metal has been red-hot lately, rising 6.5 percent since the start of last week. In fact, copper has just enjoyed its best week since 2011. Investors seem to be getting a bit less bearish about China, the world’s biggest consumer of copper. On Friday, China’s official purchasing managers’ index showed mild growth in …

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It’s natural for parents to want to help and support their children. But should that help continue well into adulthood? By helping too much, parents run the risk of imperiling their own financial future and creating dependence. “The reality is that you are not doing the adult kids any favors at all by always bailing …

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Dan, an Uber driver in Los Angeles, says his out-of-pocket costs reach about $5,000 a year.

Many stock investors have taken solace in a belief that if the Uber-fueled private technology bubble bursts it will be contained to Silicon Valley. But that may not be the case if these private competitors to public companies lower valuations of the whole social media and messaging industry, investors said. And many investors now have …

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Fifty-three million Americans are now living the freelance life, and they have one very big thing in common: Without the backing of a full-time employer, the onus is on freelancers to handle their own retirement planning. In all, about 34 percent of the nation’s workforce is now freelance, according to a nationwide survey put out …

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Major private equity fund managers, including several billionaires, gave their best investment idea at the Milken Institute Global Conference. Speaking in Los Angeles on Monday, each revealed what they thought was the surest way to make money by investing in private assets. Read More Trust robots with money, not ‘emotional’ humans Steve Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and …

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With interest rates projected to rise and inventory increasingly tight, the window for purchasing a second home at an affordable price may be starting to close. Such sentiment has helped to fuel the recent boom in vacation property sales among affluent investors, many of whom are feeling flush on the heels of a six-year stock …

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If you pay close attention to stock market news, you may be aware of the struggles among some big consumer brands, including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, to remain relevant and grow sales. Yet long-term investors in these stocks probably aren’t overly concerned. Why? Over the past 25 years, these brand-name stocks have turned in eye-popping performance. …

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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 …