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  • Mutual Funds For The Tax-Conscious Investor Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:31 PM ET

    Tax-managed mutual funds are designed to limit liabilities by taking tax consequences into account when buying and selling stocks, but many haven't lived up to their billings. Here's some alternatives.

  • Capital Gains? Maybe Some Other Time Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 4:29 PM ET

    With tax rates likely to remain the same, most investors will want to hold onto their stock-market winners and sell their losers, assuming it  makes good investment sense.

  • Stocks Turn Mixed as Banks, Energy Falls Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 3:59 PM ET

    Stocks trimmed some gains but remained mostly higher Tuesday after the Federal Reserve reaffirmed its decision to buy bonds to stimulate the economy and left short-term interest rates unchanged. Kraft and Microsoft rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Kaminsky's Call: Why Stocks Will Trade Higher in 2011 Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 3:42 PM ET

    What do you think is worse for a portfolio manager? Sitting on your hands in 2008, watching your portfolio hemorrhage half its value? Or putting yourself 100 percent in cash this year—only to watch everyone else make money?

  • Best Buy Effect and the Dow Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 2:38 PM ET

    After failing to do so yesterday, the Dow is seeking to close above 11,444 today. If it does, it’ll become the last of the major indices to hit a new multi-year high.

  • Going into 2011, the strategy is to put together the very best companies that produce great returns over time.  Here's what to look for.

  • Three Reasons Why the iPod Still Matters Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 2:15 PM ET

    This morning I got an interesting reply tweet from a friend: “Can you imagine someone saying in ’07, “In 3 years nobody will care about iPod sales.” And I realized that in some important ways, he has a point. Three years ago, when the iPhone was young, all eyes were on the iPod and the Mac. But here I’d like to make the case that investors should still care quite a bit about iPod sales.

  • Nine Reasons Your Property Taxes Can  Go Up Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 1:12 PM ET

    Sales tax is straightforward but property taxes? Not so much. There are a million moving parts and any number of things that result in higher taxes. Here are Nine Things That Make Your Property Taxes Go Up.

  • Drama Continues to Mount for Airgas Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 1:04 PM ET
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    We’ll have to wait until January to learn whether Chancellor Chandler will throw out Airgas’ poison pill. He informed both sides on Tuesday that he’s leaving for vacation and won’t be back until the New Year.

  • retired couple paperwork

    After plowing money into 401(k)'s and IRAs for decades, struggling over which investments to choose and how best to boost your returns, the time does come, eventually, to withdraw those funds. Here, tips on how to proceed.

  • The dollar has been on the rise as yields on treasury notes have soared to record highs. Meanwhile, yields on the 30-year note are at their highest levels since May, so should you be fighting the Fed? Keith McCullough, CEO of Hedgeye Risk Management and CNBC contributor discussed his insights.

  • 10 Winning Tech Stocks You Need to Own: Strategists Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 11:42 AM ET

    Several tech stocks have been hitting new 52-week highs, boosting the Nasdaq to be the best performer of the three major indices in the last year. Scott Kessler, equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s and Joel Achramowicz, analyst at Blaylock Robert Van shared their best plays.

  • Greenberg: The Real Story at Best Buy Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 11:34 AM ET
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    Best Buy's online sales crumbled to year-over-year growth of 7 percent, down from 15 percent in the second quarter and 21 percent in the first quarter. Where's the company headed?

  • Stocks Gain; Health Care Rises, JPM Slips Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 11:21 AM ET

    Stocks continued to trade higher Tuesday after a handful of mostly strong economic reports, and despite weak earnings from leading electronics retailer Best Buy, as investors await news from the Federal Reserve's meeting this afternoon. Boeing and Cisco rose, while JPMorgan fell.

  • Companies to Pump Up Dividend Payouts in 2011 Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
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    More companies are expected to raise their dividends come 2011, and the increases should be bigger, says Howard Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst at S&P Indices.

  • Stocks to Watch: Smucker, Sun Bancorp and More ... Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 10:59 AM ET
    Six in 60

    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Stock Market 'Looking Good' For Next 2 Quarters: Pro Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    Stocks were higher Tuesday following a stronger-than-expected U.S. retail sales report in November. Michael McGervey, president of McGervey Wealth Management, and Wayne Copelin, founder and president of Copelin Financial Advisors, shared their insights.

  • Futures Gain Slightly After Retail Sales, PPI Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 9:25 AM ET

    Stock index futures rose slightly after news that retail sales were stronger than expected in November, and inflation was in line with expectations. Earlier futures had slipped after  disappointing news from leading electronics retailer Best Buy dampened enthusiasm for the holiday shopping season.

  • Futures See-Saw, Following Best Buy Blues Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 9:16 AM ET

    Futures have see-sawed this morning ahead of the Fed’s last meeting of the year today. S&P futures dropped a notable 4 points around 8am ET as Best Buy’s poor earnings rattled investors.

  • Big Buying Looks for Radian to Rally Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 8:20 AM ET

    The upside call action hit quick and early yesterday in Radian Group, a provider of credit-related insurance.