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  • Just as the Obama administration unveils new measures it says will ease crushing student loan debt, the College Board is out with new figures showing the cost of college surged again this year, and student borrowing along with it.

  • Asian stocks outside of Japan may have rebounded about 5 percent since the start of the month, but don't expect that positive momentum to last, says one strategist.

  • Targeting the Right Fund     Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 1:50 PM ET

    Why target date funds will become largest 401k option in just a few years, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Are US Financials a Buy? Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 12:17 AM ET
    Citigroup Building

    Even as financial shares on Wall Street have slumped as much as 40 percent in the past year, the investment community remains divided about whether now is a buy or still a sell for the lenders..

  • The direct financial impact of the euro zone debt crisis will be felt in Asia as trading volumes on financial markets fade, just as they have in the west. When markets are as jittery as they are now, it seems geographic diversification counts for little. The FT reports.

  • Joshua Crabb of BlackRock says many Asian equity price-to-book valuations are now cheaper than 2008.

    Many Asian stocks are trading at cheaper valuations than during the last financial crisis in 2008, according to one fund manager, who says now’s a great time to buy.

  • ‘Risk’ Currencies Headed Lower; Sell on Bounce: Pro Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 1:52 AM ET
    Close-up of paper money of new Zealand

    Investors should sell on any rebound in ‘risk’ currencies like the Australian and Kiwi dollars, says Morgan Stanley's head of U.S. forex strategy, as the currencies will come under pressure in the next six months.

  • All That Glitters: How to Trade Resource Stocks Tuesday, 4 Oct 2011 | 6:06 AM ET
    Quarry site

    Commodities markets have become increasingly popular with investors in recent years as they have embarked on what many believe to be just the start of a secular bull market – or super-cycle. If they are correct, commodities’ run will last for another decade or more as the global economy rebalances towards emerging markets like China and Brazil.

  • More Pain for Australian Dollar; to Fall to $0.90: UBS Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 1:15 AM ET
    Australian Notes - Mixed

    With Europe’s debt crisis keeping markets on tenterhooks, it’s not surprising that the Australian dollar – widely considered as a barometer of the health of the global economy – bore the brunt of investor panic in recent weeks.

  • Increased talk of a double dip for the world’s biggest economy triggered a precipitous decline on Wall Street Thursday. However, Jim Paulsen of Capital Management says fears of a recession are overblown and that the Federal Reserve may have been over-bearish in its assessment of the U.S. economy.

  • Korea Stock Exchange in Seoul

    Ajay Kapur from Deutsche Bank suggests that Asia’s recent selloff is actually an indication that economic growth in the region is slowing down.

  • US Banks Face Worst Revenue Decade Since Depression: Pro Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 1:17 AM ET

    American lenders are facing the worst decade in terms of sales growth since the great depression, CLSA’s Mike Mayo told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Is This a Great Time for Estate Planning?     Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 1:52 PM ET

    With interest rates and asset values at historic lows, is this the perfect opportunity to transfer wealth? Joanne Johnson, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, lays out a plan.

  • Worry About a New Wave of Layoffs Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 8:29 AM ET

    Not again. That is the plea of many Americans fearful about their jobs as the economy falters.

  • Oil prices languished near three-week lows on Tuesday, as worries about Europe's debt crisis fueled fears about the demand outlook for oil. But one analyst believes oil prices are headed higher, with markets already pricing in the worst case for the global economy.

  • US Stocks to See Significant Upside: Fund Manager Monday, 19 Sep 2011 | 2:23 AM ET

    The recent gyrations in global stock markets are just the beginning, says U.S.-based economist and author Harry Dent, who believes the Dow will fall below 10,000 in the near term before crashing to around 3,000 in 2013.

  • Buy M1, Starhub Over SingTel: Analyst Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 2:52 AM ET

    In times of financial market volatility, utilities such as telecom firms are generally perceived as safe haven plays for investors. This has been true for the sector in Singapore, where all three telecom service providers have outperformed the broader market.

  • Dow Could Crash to 3,000 in 2013: Author Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 12:58 AM ET

    The recent gyrations in global stock markets are just the beginning, says U.S.-based economist and author Harry Dent, who believes the Dow will fall below 10,000 in the near term before crashing to around 3,000 in 2013.

  • Financial strategist Alec Young has been bearish on stock markets since June this year, but like many other market commentators, he’s turned bullish in recent days.

  • Singapore Vulnerable If US Falls Into Recession Tuesday, 6 Sep 2011 | 3:42 AM ET
    Three laboratory technicians using microscope

    Singapore’s economy could get a shock if the U.S. falls into recession, warned both ratings agency Fitch and investment bank, Daiwa Capital Markets.

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