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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 …

Intel hikes outlook

A standout stock of the day was Intel. Shares jumped almost seven percent to just about $30 a share, its highest level in a decade. Investors bought up the stock after the company raised its revenue guidance. As we told you last night, the semiconductor maker is citing strong corporate sales for its upbeat outlook. …

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Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after making a reception against the Arizona Cardinals, December 29, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.

The hunt for yield has taken investors to increasingly risky places. In the latest gamble, some are literally going up against the toughest defenses in the National Football League. Since going public in late April, shares of Fantex Vernon Davis have risen an impressive 18 percent, far outpacing broad stock market indexes. The shares, which …

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There’s just no making sense of the government bond market. At a time when strategists are treating Treausrys like a patch of poison ivy growing in the blooming stock market garden, investor money continues to rain in. “When you think you have things figured out and you play your hand, something seems” to change, Kim …

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It takes money to make money, but it also takes money to lose it—sometimes a lot of it—and all too often at the wrong moments in life. “Overconfidence is the precursor to the biggest mistakes made by investors of any age,” said certified financial planner Tim Maurer, director of personal finance at the BAM Alliance. …

Strategy session

We turn to two market pros for a Strategy Session on what investors should do with their money as the economy slowly returns to growth.

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Nothing is more rewarding than making a donation to a worthy cause—except, perhaps, donating to a worthy cause and getting a tax deduction for it. While most donations stem from a desire to make a positive impact, there’s no denying that tax deductions are a big incentive—especially among the wealthy. In a study of high-net-worth …