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The Predictions Racket

Submitted by Jason Lina on Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 9:00am

Low oil prices will tank the energy industry. Controversy over fast-track trade will harm U.S. exports. Slow economic growth will stifle the stock market. You hear a lot of predictions, especially in the harrowing aftermath of the financial crisis. This augury is an insidious racket, though, as behavioral research shows.

The Market Turbulence Trap

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 9:00am

Whenever stocks hit a speed bump, investors wonder, “Where is the market headed?” It is human nature to seek a prediction to guide our actions. But recent turbulence in the market means little – and can lead investors astray. Here’s why.

Hedge Funds? What For?

Submitted by Jeff Rose on Monday, May 11, 2015 - 9:00am

Despite their trailing the broad market lately, hedge funds continue to attract money. Why? Part of it may be snob appeal – they are reserved for upper-income folks. Yet they also are a good way to diversify your portfolio. And some actually do spectacularly well.

Sports Picks and Investing

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

Guess right with men’s college basketball champ Duke Blue Devils? Think the Golden State Warriors will take it all this June in professional hoops? If you’re among the millions of fans who systematically try to pinpoint winners before the big games, similar strategies can also apply to your stock picks.

The Wall of Un-Worry

Submitted by Lewis J. Walker on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:00am

Both the stock and bond markets remain volatile as investors climb the proverbial “wall of worry.” Don’t worry. While something horrible always could crop up, it’s better to focus on the strong underlying growth trend in the U.S. economy and the influence of easy money policies abroad.

Asking About Your Assets

Submitted by Anthony Glomski on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

So you sold your technology startup or enjoyed some other event that produced a lot of liquid assets (cash). Now you’ve got excess money to put to work or just enjoy, and engage a financial advisor to help you. But how do you keep your money safe? By asking your advisor some hard questions up front.

Top 10 Investing Mistakes

Submitted by Eve Kaplan on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

Investing has never been more accessible, more necessary or filled with many booby traps. You can never guarantee complete success on Wall Street, but knowing a few common blunders can improve your odds.

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