With just a few days left of the year, here’s a look at which assets performed well in 2015 and which were best avoided.

Investing in misfit stocks

Dominic Chu takes a look at the stocks that under-performed and whether their luck may change in the new year.

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In the barren yield landscape of the last five years, real estate investment trusts have been one of investors’ favorite places to find income. The MSCI U.S. REIT Index, which has a current yield of just under 4 percent, was up 30 percent last year. It has returned an average of more than 12 percent …


BlackRock’s Peter Fisher said Monday he does not see the risky end of the corporate fixed income market sinking the overall U.S. economy like the bust in subprime mortgages did during the Great Recession.

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Stocks in your stocking this year?

Here’s a new idea for a holiday stocking stuffer: a gift voucher for stock. is now selling a physical gift card for shares of stock. Not unlike iTunes and retail stores, Stockpile gift cards come in denominations ranging from $25 — $100, and can be purchased on the checkout line of retailers like Kmart … | Getty Images

If you are among the estimated 2.8 million recent college graduates who find themselves thrust into the world of adulthood, you’ve probably discovered that grown-up stuff, such as budgeting and paying bills on time, is the worst. Many longtime adults agree with you (really, we do). But your elders who focused on personal finance when …

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It’s often assumed that financial planning for high-net-worth individuals is all about sophisticated investments and complex strategies that are either too expensive or otherwise off-limits to the general public. However, experts who deal with wealthy clients say those are rarely the focus. What these financial plans tend to revolve around are fairly basic strategies, such …

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As the holidays near, investors face a crucial question: Do they believe last week’s bad earnings news from retailers, or are they banking on the generally solid economic data that normally points to a stronger season and might have shown up in some stronger retail earnings reports on Tuesday morning? That question has raced through …

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Business investors Warren Buffett (L) and Bill Gates (R) gesture at the nationwide launching ceremony of Chinese electric vehicle BYD M6 in Beijing on September 29, 2010.

Warren Buffett said Monday morning that he wouldn’t sell any stocks based on the terrorist attacks in Paris. And in recent years, global events have become more important for the quintessential all-American investor. The Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO has been pursuing more global deals and European investments in particular. In the 2014 letter written …

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Target-date investments have reached $1 trillion in assets after growing at a 280 percent clip in the past five years.


Rebalancing — the constant portfolio monitoring that restores asset classes to their target allocations by selling assets that have appreciated and adding to those that have declined — is at its core a risk-minimizing strategy.


Are you feeling clueless? Has the seven-year bull run in equities left you feeling nervy in the face of a potential rate hike in the U.S. and weakening growth in China? You are not alone. The results of a client survey released by the Swiss bank Credit Suisse on Thursday highlighted that global investors were …

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The massive move of assets from actively managed portfolios to passive funds that track an index hasn’t happened in every corner of the investment landscape.

Activist bets big on GE

An activist investor takes a big stake and makes a big bet on General Electric, one of the most widely held stocks by investors.