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  • Washington may be "dysfunctional," but it will reach a debt-reduction deal to solve the "fiscal cliff," Legg Mason Capital Management's chief investment strategist says.

  • Treasurys and high-quality corporate bonds remain the favorites, even with their already unexceptional — and in some cases unprofitable — yields.

  • Add Alpha to Your Portfolio with Currencies Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

    If your returns in fixed income look a little lean, adding currencies to your portfolio can generate more cash without a lot of risk.

  • Outsider seeking top office in S Korea Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 12:01 AM ET

    Ahn Chul- soo, a 50- year-old technology entrepreneur and academic, is a stranger to the corridors of political power- but he has portrayed this as a virtue as he woos voters unhappy about social inequality and slowing economic growth.

  • New Definition of Success? Survival Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:06 PM ET

    Consumers would do well to follow these financial survival skills, according to Eleanor Blayney, consumer advocate for the CFP Board.

  • Focus on Money Matters, Not Investment Returns Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:05 PM ET

    For financial advice, take the focus off the factors we can't control and move it to the things we can. It requires robust communication and periodic reassessment, according to Marilyn Capelli Dimitroff of Capelli Financial Services.

  • Tamminen: Wars Over Oil Yield No Winners Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 5:53 PM ET
    City skyline and modern construction, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    We're not talking about the Persian Gulf. It's the South China Sea where China and Vietnam are on a collision course that could result in higher commodity prices and far worse.

  • Latin America's Export Engine and Stock Juggernaut Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 9:42 AM ET
    Stock Exchange Building, Mexico City

    U.S. investors who've been cringing over the Chinese and Brazilian stock markets the past few years might have looked closer to home for an emerging market.

  • Fine-Tune Your Global Economy Portfolio for 2013 Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 11:39 AM ET
    In the 21st century of , we’re long past the , , cash triangle of asset allocation upon which many retail investors grew up.Investors have more options and choices, from asset classes to the financial instruments to play them. Low-cost online brokers and trading platforms have given investors direct access to a world once open only to professional traders and institutions.IRAs and 401(k)s offer a world of opportunity, whether its equities, fixed income, , real estate, or ."We think the retail in

    Savvy, open-minded investors know there are always profitable plays worldwide. See how your portfolio should reflect the global economy.

  • REITs Still Offer Shelter from the Storm Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 11:27 AM ET

    Real estate investment trusts have outperformed the broader stock-market this year and have been a lot less volatile. And that's after solid returns in previous years.

  • Business Travel Spending Still Tight: Survey Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    Road warriors are traveling less and cutting costs while on the road, a new survey finds.

  • Small Businesses Still Struggling To Get Loans: Fed Study Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 1:51 PM ET
    US $100 banknote and a compass

    Years into the so-called economic recovery, it remains difficult for small businesses to get bank loans. "I had great credit," says Allison O'Neill, founder of Bundle. "They were just like, we're not taking any risks on startups."

  • Why College May Not Be Worth It Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    Given the skyrocketing cost of post-secondary education; static, underwhelming graduation rates and a dismal job market, some say smart, talented and driven teens are better off diving into the real world without a bachelor's degree.

  • Housing a Bright Spot — 'Sell the News'? Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 2:16 PM ET
    A construction worker walks on the roof of a new home being built in Phoenix, Arizona.

    In a dismal summer for economic stats, housing continues to be the bright spot.

  • Emerging Opportunities in Emerging Markets Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    Despite the recent slump in several high-profile emerging markets, the group remains a promising investment opportunity, according to a panel of top money managers at at CNBC-Institutional Investor 2012 Delivering Alpha conference in New York.

  • Kravis Brought KKR, Private Equity Into Mainstream Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 1:27 PM ET

    Henry Kravis' KKR has developed far beyond traditional private equity; it is now a large, publicly traded, investment firm with diversified businesses that include capital markets and offices around the globe.

  • A Tale of Two Treasury Secretaries Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 12:16 PM ET

    Hank Paulson and Robert Rubin both ran Goldman Sachs before taking the top Treasury post, but the similarities end there. One's a Republican, the other a Democrat. One's  associated with crisis and hardship, the other with calm and prosperity. Now they'll share a stage together.

  • In a word, the tech rankings this year are stunning, with a major shake-up of the top ten. California falls from the top, while two other states join the elite.

  • Texas Is America's Top State for Business Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 4:30 PM ET
    Dallas, Texas

    The Lone Star State is tops again, displacing Virginia, which didn't even finish second this year. And who's last? Rhode Island.

  • Oklahoma a 'Go-To' State for Business: Fallin Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 10:16 AM ET

    Oklahoma is earning national recognition through our efforts to enact pro-business policies that have created an environment friendly to job creation, says Governor Mary Fallin.

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