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  • After months of speculation, U.S. online group discount retailer Groupon finally took the plunge and filed for an initial public offering (IPO) to raise about $750 million. While the offering has been keenly anticipated by investors, not everyone is buying into the frenzy.

  • Tech Names That Will Do Well Despite a Slowdown Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 10:30 PM ET

    Despite the sell-off in U.S. stocks on Wednesday, some market players remain unfazed. Doug Godine, Managing Director at Signal Hill told CNBC on Thursday he sees strong growth in the tech sector, especially in communication infrastructure.

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    It’s much better to use a credit card overseas than rely on cash or travelers checks for a number of reasons—most notably the fact that Visa and MasterCard provide some of the best exchange rates possible—the question becomes, what are the best credit card companies for foreign travel?

  • As China Slows, Bet on Banks as Defensives: Analyst Monday, 30 May 2011 | 10:59 PM ET

    As China's economy cools, hurt by tighter liquidity, one analyst is recommending buying the big banking stocks, which have traditionally been highly cyclical, as defensive plays.

  • Recent inflationary pressures in Asia have led to tighter monetary policy. But one fund manager says Asian central banks are half-way to three-quarters of the way done with their interest rate hikes and that means investors will soon shift their focus away from inflation and towards growth. As a result, he is bullish on stocks in South Korea.

  • The Best Risk-Off Currency Trade According to HSBC Wednesday, 18 May 2011 | 7:44 PM ET

    Until recently, currency traders looking for safer investments rushed to short the Australian dollar against the greenback, however the decoupling of the U.S. dollar from the “risk on-risk off” investment environment is forcing them to look elsewhere.

  • Why Fund Managers Prefer China Over India Monday, 16 May 2011 | 6:49 PM ET

    China and India may be seen as the two pillars of economic growth in Asia, but when it comes to investing, fund managers have a clear preference for China, according to global financial services firm Russell Investments.

  • Commodities Supercycle is Alive and Kicking: Pro Thursday, 12 May 2011 | 2:06 AM ET

    Despite the sharp sell-off in commodities in Wednesday's U.S. session, one mining executive is convinced the supercycle is very much alive.

  • Building retirement savings, for many, is a huge challenge and seeking the appropriate advice can be very confusing, especially since those selling financial expertise are not all created equal.

  • Commodity prices may have recovered slightly from last week's sharp selloff but the downtrend is likely to stay in place for the next few months, warned analysts.

  • Japan Banks Cheap, But Not Cheap Enough Sunday, 8 May 2011 | 10:37 AM ET
    Women walk past the logo of Japan's second-largest bank Mizuho Financial Group in Tokyo.

    Japan's top three banks have had 10 percent wiped off from their market cap since the March 11 earthquake. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group , Mizuho Financial Group and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group have been further knocked below liquidation value, making them very cheap to buy. But analysts say not cheap enough.

  • Why the Sell-Off in Commodities is a Good Thing Friday, 6 May 2011 | 1:53 AM ET

    The commodities rout this week has raised questions whether that the bull-run in the sector is over, and more worrying, if it represents a bad omen for the global economy.

  • Dollars and Cents: Financial Responsibility  Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 10:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson looks at what you need to do to create a responsible financial plan.

  • Platinum, Palladium—The New Hot Metal Trades? Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 2:09 AM ET

    With silver prices tumbling for a third straight session, traders are questioning if its record-breaking rally in recent months is finally over.

  • Dollars & Sense  Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 1:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson with a look at responsible financial planning.

  • An Indian stock broker looks worried as he watches the screen in Mumbai, India.

    The killing of Osama bin Laden is a positive event for Pakistan's economy and stock market, despite doubts about whether the country's military was complicit in hiding the Al Qaeda leader, according to a strategist.

  • 10 Tips for Surviving the Housing Market Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 3:48 PM ET

    The economy is starting to improve but the housing market has yet to show any significant signs of recovery, which has homeowners nervous. How do you tough it out until the housing market recovers? Here are 10 tips from real-estate moguls.

  • Dollars and Sense  Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 11:13 AM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson shares retirement investment strategies.

  • More Americans Raiding Retirement Funds Early Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 9:35 AM ET

    Nearly one-fifth of full-time employed Americans have raided retirement accounts in the past year to cover emergencies, according to a national Bankrate survey.

  • "One of the things Boomers have to do is own the trade. If energy is more expensive, they probably should have a larger portion of that in their portfolio. If they're concerned about food being more expensive, the same," says one portfolio manager.

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