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Behavioral insights into mental accounts

Feb 11, 2011
Our guest blogger is Meir Statman, finance professor at Santa Clara University. He's a leading light in the field of behavioral finance and those...
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Should you invest in index funds?

Feb 11, 2011
Our experts say index funds are a safer way to go instead of individual stocks. But there's a whole realm of possibilities within these indexes.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Index creators run wild

Feb 10, 2011
Over the past three decades, investing in equity indexes moved from the margins of Wall Street to a mainstay investment on Main Street. The...
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The real risk with ETFs

Feb 9, 2011
Question: I know the basics about ETFs: index funds that are traded like stocks. My question is what backs up ETFs? Are there actual stocks under...
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Germany encourages citizen stock trading

Feb 5, 2011
In the 90s, German citizens were crazy for telecom and dot-com stocks, driving the prices up as much as 700 percent. But after the bubble burst, citizens lost interest in the German stock exchange, a fact economists now hope to change. David Brancaccio explains.
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JPMorgan Chase snared in Madoff lawsuit

Feb 4, 2011
Suit alleges JPMorgan bankers suspected fraud long before Madoff's arrest, raising questions about a bank's duty to sound the alarm on a client.
Posted In: Banks, Investing

Change comes to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Feb 4, 2011
Frankfurt houses Germany's main stock exchange. It's a place that is high-tech, and low on interpersonal activity. And more change is coming.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Mortgage-backed securities are making a comeback

Feb 3, 2011
Analysts blame mortgage-backed securities for the 2008 financial crisis. So it's surprising that the bonds are making a comeback. Anusha Shrivastava, of Dow Jones Newswires, explains.
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Big storms drive trade in snow derivatives

Feb 2, 2011
Snow derivatives started trading only two years ago -- and it's been snowing ever since.
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The "fiduciary" stakes are high

Feb 1, 2011
Consumers won an important battle when the staff of the Securities & Exchange Commission recommended that brokers be held to a fiduciary...
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