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  • Asset Allocation: Time For A Change Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 9:59 AM ET
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    Asset allocation strategists haven’t had an easy time in recent years. For awhile they dished out bigger weightings to defensive plays—bonds, cash and commodities. But for 2011, strategists recommend investors boost allocations to ride the wave.

  • The 411 About Your 401(k) Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 9:49 AM ET
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    After a year and a half of stock market gains, you might be feeling a little better about your 401(k). Once shattered, it may now only be battered. But in the high-speed, global market of today, both the options and challenges in managing your portfolio are greater than ever.

  • Diversification: Broken Or Forgotten? Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 9:47 AM ET

    How do you spread out your risk when so many asset classes seem to be going in the same direction? Well, there's still sense in spreading the wealth and limiting the pain.

  • Water Scarcity a Bond Risk, Study Warns Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 10:36 AM ET
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    The municipal bonds that help finance a major portion of the nation’s water supply may be riskier than investors realize because their credit ratings do not adequately reflect the growing risks of water shortages and legal battles over water supplies, according to a new study.

  • Kaminsky's Call: Muni Bond Crisis is Overblown Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 9:34 AM ET
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    If you go by some recent notable analysts' reports, we are headed for a municipal bond crisis to rival the financials' collapse of 2008. This doomsday prognosis is simply overblown, and here's why.

  • That HFT accounts for a large share of daily trading does not mean it moves stock prices. Prices move in response to marginal changes in the bid and ask of prices, not in response to sheer volume. Big price moves generate big volume, not the other way around

  • Typical Slow Summer or Something Darker? Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 2:34 PM ET

    Equity trading activity this August is on pace to be the slowest since 1999, according to Bespoke Investment Group. What does the slow trading signal?

  • Emerging Market Bonds Land High Returns Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 4:48 PM ET
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    Even if you’re on the "staycation" plan this year, your investments can land in exotic places—like Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico—and yield attractive returns in their emerging market bonds.

  • Fixed Income: Low Down Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | 1:07 PM ET

    With interest rates at or near historic lows, you may think it is time to flee the bond market. Don't. "Despite the talk of a bond bubble or a bond bear market, it’s not the end of the world for a diversified investor," says one market watcher.

  • Robust Treasury Auction Yield, But Still a B- Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 5:07 PM ET

    Uncertainty in Europe and the "rush to safety" had some observers predicting I’d give Tuesday’s $42 billion 2-year Treasury note auction an A+. I gave it a B-.

  • Diversify, Diversify, Diversify Monday, 24 May 2010 | 12:32 PM ET

    Investors should think about the kinds of stocks, bonds and commodities they own, balancing risk and exposure. It is less about picking great stocks, then diversifying among and within asset classes.

  • Whither Asset Allocation? Monday, 24 May 2010 | 12:32 PM ET

    The strategy of diversifying one’s portfolio across a variety of asset classes was put to the test during the 2008-2009  market meltdown. And the outcome wasn’t good. Now what?

  • 30-Year Treasury Auction Gets a 'B' Grade Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 | 4:05 PM ET
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  • 10-Year Treasury Auction Gets an "A" Grade Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 5:47 PM ET
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    Analysts said that the results of Wednesday’s 10-year $21 billion Treasury auction gave a clear signal that investors have a healthy appetite for U.S. government debt and will serve as a bellwether for how those auctions will perform going forward.

  • Week's First Treasury Auction Earns 'B' Grade Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 6:00 PM ET

    The 1.776 percent yield alone of the 3-year $40 billion Treasury auction Tuesday earns the auction a solid grade of B.

  • So has the big opportunity in fixed income expired? Gross seems to think so, and we tend to agree. Given the extraordinary amount of government spending and soaring federal budget deficits, we believe inflation is likely to rear its ugly head within 2-3 years.

  • Home for sale

    The recent slump in housing is making some analysts uneasy about a recovery that looked sustainable just a couple months ago and comes as the Fed is nearing the end of a program to support the mortgage market.

  • Dividend Stocks Can Pay Off For Recent Retirees Monday, 22 Feb 2010 | 12:49 PM ET

    Retirement isn't all about fixed-income investing. Your portfolio also needs a solid income stream and growth potential (for offsetting inflation).  Otherwise, you may outlive your savings.

  • Rough Bond Landscape Sends More Investors Into ETFs Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | 1:58 PM ET

    With corporate bond demand facing an uncertain period after a robust 2009, investors face a hunt for yield in which bond funds will play an even greater role.

  • Losey: Retirement Resolutions for Your 50's & 60's Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 9:37 AM ET

    If you haven’t maxed out your 401k/403b contributions at work, you are eligible to take advantage of what is known as the catch-up provision. In essence, if you haven’t saved as much as legally possible every year you’ve been working, you are able to contribute an extra $5,500 per year (over and above the legal limit - $16,500) into your retirement plan in 2010.