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  • A New Option for the Retirement Crowd Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 2:18 PM ET
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    The government wants to make it easier for workers to convert part of their 401(k) savings into an annuity that would pay guaranteed income checks for life — no matter the ups and downs in the markets.

  • Planning for Retirement? Slow Down! Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 12:37 PM ET
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    For most of us, retirement will be the shortest, most challenging period of our lives and yet few are fully prepared for this life stage.

  • ETF Strategist: Getting Your Arms Around Commodities Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:37 AM ET
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    In the second edition of CNBC's special report, we take a look at the volatile, yet lucrative world of commodities and what's in the sights of both bulls and bears.

  • Flows Will Continue Into High-Yield Funds   Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 6:45 PM ET
    Flows Will Continue Into High-Yield Funds

    Mike Materasso, Co-Chair, Fixed Income Policy Committee at Franklin Templeton Investments, talks about his outlook for the U.S. fixed-income space after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a cautious outlook on the U.S. economy.

  • Delaying Retirement: Why 68 Has Become 'the New 65' Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    "Delaying retirement leaves a worker with fewer years of retirement to finance, more time to save and earn returns, and higher Social Security benefits," says one financial planner.

  • A US Boon in Low-Cost Borrowing Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 4:57 AM ET
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    These are the best of times for the world’s most ravenous borrower, the United States of America, the New York Times reports.

  • $140B Worth of Investing Advice   Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 1:38 PM ET
    $140B Worth of Investing Advice

    Robert Michele, J.P. Morgan Asset Mgmt. Global CIO, who oversees $140 billion in assets, offers his view on the markets.

  • Calculating Realistic Returns for Your Retirement Tuesday, 21 Feb 2012 | 10:01 AM ET
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    Figuring out how much you'll need to retire — or how much you can expect to earn on your retirement dollars — isn't as simple as plugging numbers into an online calculator.

  • Moody's Bank Review   Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 5:46 PM ET
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    What impact will a Moody's downgrade have on banks and capital markets? Brad Hintz, Sanford Bernstein research analyst, provides perspective

  • Europe Crisis Will Take Years to Sort Out: Paulson Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 9:48 AM ET
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    Although there are similarities with what the United States went through at the onset of the financial crisis, the issues in Europe are are more complex and will take years to resolve, Henry Paulson, former Treasury Secretary and founder of the Paulson Institute told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Cash-Rich Investors Look to Europe for Opportunities Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 1:55 AM ET
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    U.S. investors are looking to Europe for places to park their spare cash, but opportunities may depend on the European debt crisis continuing, according to market participants on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Student Loan Crisis Busts Savings Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
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    Parents who borrow money to pay for their children's college education are exacerbating a growing student loan crisis.

  • Will the Greek Sacrifice Push the Markets Higher? Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 1:58 AM ET
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    The Greek parliament’s approval of fresh austerity measures despite violent protests in Athens opened the door for a brighter disposition in markets and this could push stocks upwards, according to analysts.

  • The Sideways Play Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    ETFs broadly covering bonds in the major taxable and tax-exempt asset classes, plus exposure to convertible bonds that feature some of the upside of stocks, are an investor’s best option to deal with uncertainty.

  • A Model Bull Portfolio Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    Though diversity is important, seek an overweighting in corporate, municipal and emerging market bond funds.

  • The Bear Case Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 10:55 AM ET
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    It's only a matter of time before the central bank's easy-money policy affects inflation expectations and inflation itself, spooking investors.

  • A Model Bear Portfolio Monday, 13 Feb 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    U.S. Treasuries should bear the brunt of rising interest rates, so think TIPS and ultra-short funds.

  • Greek Turmoil Sparks Selloff   Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 3:33 PM ET
    Greek Turmoil Sparks Selloff

    Greek lawmakers continue to rangle over the country's austerity measures. Will recent events inspire investors to get out of the market? David Darst, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Meg McClellan, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, discuss.

  • Invest in Global High-Yield Bonds   Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 6:45 PM ET
    Invest in Global High-Yield Bonds

    Eric Takaha, Director of Corporates/ High Yield, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group says a combination of cheap valuations and good fundamentals makes the high-yield sector attractive in the current market environment.

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    If your long-term plan is to keep working, investing and living where you are until the day you retire, and then change your lifestyle and financial life, you are practicing what I call “cliff living”—living one way until you abruptly leave the world of work, then leaping to a whole new level of life and finances.