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  • 2015 forecast: Advisors counsel more of the same Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    2015 financial concept

    Stocks and bonds are still strong, so many financial advisors plan to counsel clients to stay the course with asset allocation in 2015.

  • Flood of new mutual fund, ETF product on horizon Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The fund industry is debuting ever more mutual fund and ETF product addressing investors' risk, income-generation and consistent-return concerns.

  • Changes to AMT, top tax may benefit small biz Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    While the rules for calculating AMT haven't changed much, the increase in top marginal tax can make a tax-planning difference for small businesses.

  • The secret behind the top-performing mutual funds Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    One fund manager is proving that the use of psychology is key to building mutual funds with big returns.

  • Estate planners shift gears in new tax environment Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    As trust beneficiaries feel the bite of Obamacare's 3.8 percent investment income tax and higher rates, estate planners look to reduce it.

  • Financial advisors choose to rein in risk-hungry clients Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Financial advisors advise against riskier, potentially more profitable portfolio allocations in the interest of long-term stability.

  • Spoiled for investment choices? Less is much more Monday, 10 Mar 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Alternative investments

    The financial services industry, not necessarily helping investors paralyzed with indecision by devising more portfolio choices, should limit options.

  • Will the crisis in Ukraine impact investors? Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 1:55 PM ET
    Ukrainian soldiers stand guard on board the navy corvette Ternopil as Russian forces patrol nearby in the harbor of the Ukrainian city of Sevastopol on March 5, 2014.

    U.S. investments in Russia and Ukraine are not likely to be heavily impacted, long term, by current military and political tensions.

  • The world can be the savvy fund investor's oyster Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    U.S. investors are pumping money into world equity markets, where Europe and Asia offer growth but emerging markets and commodities pose challenges.

  • Take long view: Tailor plans for sound finances Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET
    Exploration man with telescope

    Financial resolutions for 2014 should include longer-term planning and a customized approach to investing, to protect against market volatility.

  • Fund managers pick cash over cautious companies Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    Fund managers have put more of their assets into cash than at any time since July 2012.

  • Investors fearful, frustrated, fantasizing in 2014 Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    A well-conceived portfolio, diversified across domestic and international equity and bond positions, should survive some downside surprises.

  • Long/short strategies for a souped-up market Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Investors looking to reduce exposure to stocks while keeping their money working for them should check investments in long/short equity mutual funds.

  • ETF, mutual fund flows still up but iffy Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    The 2013 trend was toward positive net flows for mutual funds and ETFs. This trend will likely remain positive but volatile in the short term.

  • Advisors search for a bubble Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Advisors search for a bubble

    Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital's senior editor at large, caught up with some financial advisors at TD Ameritrade's National Conference, held last week in Orlando. The advisors remain bullish on stocks and have addressed concerns with their clients to a possible bubble in the market.

  • Desert Island Funds: The one for the next 30 years Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    You’re young and just came into some money. You’d like to pile it away for a few decades in a low-cost fund. What’s the best ‘Desert Island Fund’?

  • Where's the market going? Who wants to know? Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 12:51 PM ET

    Survey of financial advisors by CNBC and the Financial Planning Association finds a preference for stocks, overseas markets and strategic investing.

  • Advisors look ahead Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Advisors look ahead

    Jim Pavia, CNBC Digital's senior editor at large, caught up with some financial advisors at TD Ameritrade's National Conference, last week in Orlando. Advisors discussed concerns their clients have raised in the new year. While they admit they're looking for signs of a possible bubble in the market, they remain bullish on equities and the economy.

  • Slow down! We have too many cars: AutoNation CEO Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 | 8:08 AM ET
    Ford Focus cars are seen on the sales lot at AutoNation Ford Miami in North Miami, Florida.

    Automakers should watch their bloated inventories even though 2014 seems like it will be a good year for car sales, AutoNation's Mike Jackson says.

  • Stocks down 3% in January! If history repeats ... Friday, 31 Jan 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    The January stock barometer has been right in 62 of the last 85 years.

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