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With the stock market roiling, it’s a good time to recommit to some investing basics, like the importance of hanging on through the downturns understanding fees. When the market is down, the damage from fees goes from nibbling to chomping, doing even more to undermine performance. Fortunately, there is new evidence that investors really have become low-fee believers. Read more»
Bank Reform Gets Stuck in the Senate
By: The Associated Press
By Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to delay final action on a sweeping financial regulation bill, raising an obstacle to the legislation as it approached the home stretch. Read more»
If ever there were proof of the perils of bad timing, it was in the three trading days between May 6, when the Dow plunged nearly 1,000 points, and May 10, when it jumped nearly 400 points by mid-morning. Read more»
Are small businesses lining up behind the financial reform bill being bandied about in Congress right now? Not specifically. Small business groups have been hectoring banks for two years now to open its credit lines and start lending to small businesses again. But that hasn’t been happening, and the reform bill doesn’t fix that. Read more»
Are Share Buybacks Good?
By: Jeff Brown
With business perking up, American corporations are sitting on huge piles of cash, and Standard & Poor’s predicts that S&P 500 companies will use a lot of that to buy back their own shares.In fact, S&P says more money will be spent on buybacks than dividend increases.So, from the shareholder’s point of view, is this good? It can be, but buybacks can also be a warning sign. Read more»
About $3 trillion changes hands every day in the world currency markets. No, that’s not a mistake — it is trillion, with a "T." So it must be profitable for someone. How can the small investor get in on it? Read more»
Greece Defaults, So What?
By: Jeff Brown
OK, so let’s say the drum roll finally ends and Greece does default on its government bonds? What’s that to us? The fact is, we’re all in the same boat — to a greater degree than ever before. When Greece sneezes, everyone else catches cold. It’s something American investors and savers need to keep in mind when they set their long-term strategies. Read more»
Deals of the Week: April 28
By: Brian O'Connell
The talk of a rising economy that will lift all boats is a common theme in the national media these days — even though Wall Street itself doesn’t necessarily think so. Wall Street has a self-proclaimed “anxiety barometer” called the CBOE Market Volatility Index (Stock Quote: VIX). The VIX leapt by 30% on Tuesday, its largest spike since Oct. 22, 2008. Read more»
What a Value-Added Tax Means
By: Brian O'Connell
Uncle Sam has a tax problem — and he’s looking at one European idea to help solve it. No doubt, “it” is a big problem. The current national public debt is about $12.8 trillion, or about $41,760 to each of the nation’s 308 million citizens. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office pegs that debt to grow to about $20 trillion by 2020. Read more»
By David Espo & Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring themselves short of patience, Democrats set an initial showdown vote for next Monday on legislation to clamp new regulations on the financial industry while Republicans insisted on more bargaining. President Barack Obama admonished Wall Street leaders "to join us instead of fighting us" to prevent a future national financial collapse. Read more»
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