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  • In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give people pause. The shakeup of banking systems around the world raises the question: "Which banks are the safest?" These rankings are being published first on CNBC.com. For the past 19 years, has compiled a list of the World’s 50 Safest Banks, and in the current recessionary environment of increased regulation and oversight, long-term safety of banks is of key interest. Th

    In a global economy that has been plagued by troubles in the world’s financial systems, the words “safe” and “bank” still give investors pause.

  • With many blue chips in bear market territory and the S&P down 13 percent from its 2010 high, is it time to buy?

  • Lousy housing data this week dragged down banks with several names trading near their 52-week lows. Should you hold your nose and buy any of them?

  • The Dow pared losses Wednesday after falling below the 10,000 mark. How should investors prepare their portfolios? Michael Church, president of Addison Capital, and Erik Ristuben, CIO at Russell Investments, shared their insights.

  • Lou Simpson

    The low-profile 73-year-old man whose stellar stock picks are often attributed to Warren Buffett is calling it quits.  In her Chicago Tribune column, Melissa Harris breaks the big news that media-shy Lou Simpson will retire at the end of the year. For decades, he's been quietly, independently, and profitably managing the now $4 billion investment portfolio at Geico, the Berkshire Hathaway insurance subsidiary

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    If the allegations in a civil case filed in a federal court in Chicago hold up, you can even haul off $10 million if you stick to $9 here or 20 cents there.

  • Stocks largely ended down Friday, but significantly off earlier losses as the tech-heavy Nasdaq turned slightly higher.  The moves were amid light trading and continuing worries about the economic recovery and bearish action in expiring August options.  HP fell.

  • Bank

    It has become clear that many billions of dollars in home loans were sold, guaranteed and rated as safe without anyone bothering to examine whether the loans were made with due regard for the rules.  The New York Times explains.

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    Goldman Sachs has lowered its average earnings-per-share target for U.S. banks as financial institutions struggle to grow profits amid low interest rates and fewer loans.

  • How should investors position themselves in the banking sector in the wake of last month’s financial regulatory bill? Gerard Cassidy, banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets, shared his insight on financials.

  • Stocks advanced on Tuesday, following a series of government reports and earnings that showed hints of strength returning to the economy. David Kelly, chief market strategist at JPMorgan Funds, and Stephen Wood, chief market strategist at Russell Investments, discussed their insights.

  • Federal Reserve

    While stocks fell off again Wednesday, following the Fed's gloomy view of the recovery on Tuesday, two market watchers on CNBC focused instead on how to 'juice' the economy.

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    During the go-go days of lending in California (and Nevada, and Florida, and...), people who could prove they had a pulse were hired as mortgage brokers or loan officers. They made loans to other people who could prove they had a pulse, even if they didn't need to prove income. It did not turn out well.

  • This high-end store is riding the recovery in two sectors, not just one.

  • Warren Buffett

    Most people consider Warren Buffett a value investor, but his methods aren't so simple. His style has evolved over the years and incorporated strategies of growth investing. To earn high returns as Buffett has, an investor needs to go beyond price-to-earnings ratios or other metrics commonly followed by value investors.  A report from TheStreet.

  • Citigroup

    Citigroup is to target wealthy US consumers in big cities with a revamped offering of accounts and credit cards, in the latest attempt to revive its North American retail bank.

  • Stocks remained lower Wednesday after the Fed’s latest  "beige book" report pointed to a slowly recovering economy. Boeing fell. RIM rose.

  • Stocks remained lower Wednesday after the Fed’s latest  "beige book" report pointed to a slowly recovering economy. Boeing fell. RIM rose.

  • Stocks declined Wednesday after a weak durable-goods report and disappointing earnings report from Boeing.

  • Stocks wavered on Wednesday as investors sifted through a mixed bag of earnings and a drop in durable-goods orders. Joseph Duran, CEO and co-founder of United Capital Financial Partners, and Ron Carson, CEO of Carson Wealth Management Group, discussed their market outlooks.