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  • 60 years old, divorced, and forced into early retirement... One viewer's 401(k) is down 25% from its all-time high. How should a 401K account be allocated?  What’s an appropriate allocation for someone in this situation? What's the possibility of another market freefall?

  • Ameriprise Paying $17.3 Million to Settle SEC Case Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 12:30 PM ET
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    Ameriprise Financial Services on Friday agreed to pay more than $17 million to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to disclose nearly $31 million received for selling certain investments to its brokerage customers.

  • The Most Important Earnings Season in a Decade Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 10:34 AM ET

    I’ve reported on literally thousands of earnings announcements through the years, and as you know, the flurry of quarterly reports is always an important time on Wall Street. But I believe this particular reporting season, which kicked off Wednesday, is the probably the most important in the last 10 years.

  • A Closing Bell Summer Kick-Off Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 10:19 AM ET

    We kick off Summer On The Street Today! Maria Bartiromo will host “Closing Bell” on the streets of New York City outside Federal Hall (Address: 26 Wall Street).

  • What's Behind This Morning's Weakness Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 9:31 AM ET

    Just off the lows of the day, futures point to a slightly lower open on this last trading day of the week. The markets are on pace for their fourth straight week of declines – their longest losing streak since February/March.

  • Market Tips: Diversification Debate Pressures Dollar Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 7:18 AM ET

    The yen gained this week as the dollar's status as a global reserve currency came under scrutiny as China called for reform of the reserve currency system at a meeting of world leaders on Thursday. Experts tell CNBC the diversification debate will put pressure on the dollar in the long term.

  • Charts: Stocks Uptrend Ended, Dow Seen at 7,750 Friday, 10 Jul 2009 | 6:19 AM ET

    The uptrend in stock markets which started after they hit their lows in March has ended, Royce Tostrams, technical analyst at Tostrams Groep said Friday.

  • Global stocks were lower Friday after Chevron's downbeat earnings outlook dragged oil prices and energy stocks down. Concerns about a global economic recovery have also dominated trade this week. Experts tell CNBC that the various stimulus packages have boosted the risk of defaults in developed economies.

  • Discount Stores Thrive in Sign of the Times Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 5:20 PM ET

    One recurring theme this week—while sales of luxury goods continue to struggle, consumers continue to shop for less expensive goods.

  • The Long and Short of UNG Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:58 PM ET

    Earlier this week the big natural gas ETF, the U.S. Natural Gas Fund (UNG), announced that it was suspending the issuance of new shares. Why did this happen?

  • Options Smell 'Blood' on Infosys Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:52 PM ET

    The bears have tasted the blood of Infosys and are moving in for the kill. OptionMonster's tracking systems detected the purchase of 14,651 July 35 puts for $1.65 and the sale of 14,021 August 40 calls for $0.45. ... The move was almost identical to a similar trade last week...

  • Art Cashin: Traders Weigh Obama Policy Changes Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:23 PM ET

    Art Cashin, director of floor operations for UBS Financial Services, offered CNBC his take on what traders are saying Thursday.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Increasing distrust in the stock market has led investors into Treasurys, even as the government floods the market with billions in debt with no end in sight.

  • S&P's Stovall: Pullback to 810 is Likely Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 12:19 PM ET

    Sam Stovall of Standard & Poor's and Christopher Zook of Caz Investments had some bad news and some good news. They each think the economy still looks awful — but there are ways to play it.

  • Retails Reeling Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 10:34 AM ET

    Stock futures are up modestly on better-than-expected jobless claims data and Alcoa’s smaller-than-expected loss.

  • Market Tips: Hold Some Volatile Stocks Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 5:15 AM ET

    Global stocks rose on Thursday as the first big U.S. earner out the box, Alcoa posted a smaller-than-expected second-quarter loss, leading basic resource stocks soaring. Experts tell CNBC now's the time to hold some high beta stocks.

  • Stocks Eke Out a Gain; Alcoa Rises Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 5:14 PM ET

    A late upturn pushed stocks higher Wednesday as investors rotated into defensive stocks like pharmaceuticals and Alcoa advanced ahead of earnings.

  • Here Comes the Earnings Parade Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 4:04 PM ET

    Ahead of Alcoa’s earnings report after the bell, here are a few key issues at hand for the forthcoming corporate earnings season.

  • Stocks Retreat as Investors Get Defensive Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 3:09 PM ET

    Stocks turned lower Wednesday as investors got defensive ahead of earnings season, rotating into pharmaceuticals and out of techs.

  • New Normal for the Oil VIX: High Levels of Fear Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 2:52 PM ET

    Much like its stock market counterpart, the Oil VIX is showing a high level of uncertainty among investors as efforts intensify for stronger regulation of energy trading.