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End of year gathering?  Stock market uptrend set to come up against stagflation fears

End of year gathering? Stock market uptrend set to come up against stagflation fears

The period between now and the end of the year marks a historically bullish home stretch of the year for US equities, especially just before and after Christmas. The question for investors is whether favorable seasonal factors will be offset by economic fundamentals. The momentum for a year-end run in equities only seems to be …

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Why China's COVID policies are rattling investors again

Why China’s COVID policies are rattling investors again

Investors in China-related assets who had expected a significant easing of COVID restrictions were disappointed this week as the country battles the worst wave of cases since the outbreak in Shanghai earlier this year. China-related ETFs fell this week, with shares of the iShares MSCI China MCHI ETF, -1.82% lose 3.4%. The KraneShares CSI China …

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Has the market bottom been reached?  5 reasons why US stocks could continue to suffer as we approach next year.

Has the market bottom been reached? 5 reasons why US stocks could continue to suffer as we approach next year.

With the S&P 500 holding above 4,000 and the CBOE volatility gauge, known as Wall Street’s “Vix” or “fear gauge,” VIX, +0.74% having fallen to one of its lowest levels of the year, many Wall Street investors are starting to wonder if the lows are finally being reached for stocks – especially now that the …

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How to keep your retirement on track in an unpredictable market

How to keep your retirement on track in an unpredictable market

Retirees and investors approaching retirement are under pressure this year. Inflation soared to multi-decade highs, stocks fell and bonds – a safe haven in normal times – crashed. The traditional portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds had one of its worst years in a century. No wonder retirement investors are so gloomy. Americans say …

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These 2 ETFs show why owning small-cap stocks is key to beating the market in times like these

These 2 ETFs show why owning small-cap stocks is key to beating the market in times like these

Small has been fine this year on Wall Street. This is because the smaller cap stocks of the S&P 500 SPX, +1.36% have largely outperformed larger cap stocks since January. The eight stocks with the largest market capitalizations at the start of the year – which at the time represented 27.2% of the total market …

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Can't afford to retire?  Why "working longer" isn't good retirement advice.

Can’t afford to retire? Why “working longer” isn’t good retirement advice.

Financial planners generally advise you to work as long as you can, so you can increase your retirement savings while waiting for a larger Social Security check. But such advice assumes you have the luxury of deciding when to stop working. Tens of millions of Americans do not. Here’s the truth: retiring early, even at …

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My wife agreed to vouch for her son's rental without telling me.  His car was seized for non-payment of his loan.  What should I do?

My wife agreed to vouch for her son’s rental without telling me. His car was seized for non-payment of his loan. What should I do?

Dear Quentin, About four days ago I received an email from my wife’s bank saying that someone had requested her login username through a password reset. When I asked my wife about this she said she forgot her username and was trying to get my stepson access to her online portal so he could download …

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'This situation is unprecedented': 10 crazy things detailed in FTX's bankruptcy filing

‘This situation is unprecedented’: 10 crazy things detailed in FTX’s bankruptcy filing

On Thursday, John Ray, III, the new CEO of FTX, filed a long-awaited statement in US bankruptcy court, giving a sober assessment of the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire. The bankruptcy court filing followed a whirlwind of events, including the publication of explosive texts that Bankman-Fried sent to a Vox reporter earlier this week. …

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This State Has the "Best" Personal Finance Education in the U.S.

This State Has the “Best” Personal Finance Education in the U.S.

Financial literacy is key to managing money, but how well are states preparing their residents? Tennessee tops the list of US states that offer the best financial education to its residents, according to a new report from financial services firm OneMain Financial. More than 99% of Tennessee public high school students have a “gold-access” education, …

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This State Has the "Best" Personal Finance Education in the U.S.

This state has the best personal finance education in the US – you can tell by its average credit score

Financial literacy is key to managing money, but how well are states preparing their students? Tennessee tops the list of US states that offer the best financial education to its residents, according to a new report from financial services firm OneMain Financial. More than 99% of public high school students in Tennessee have what is …

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