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...
Posted In: Investing

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...
Posted In: Investing

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.
Posted In: Investing

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.
Posted In: Investing

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.
Posted In: Investing

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...
Posted In: Investing

Tax Day moves to April 18, IRS ditches paper tax forms

Jan 31, 2011
No, April 18th isn't a typo. That's the date income tax returns are due this year....
Posted In: April 18, income tax, Investing, tax returns, Taxes

The differences between broker and investment advisor

Jan 28, 2011
Sometimes it's not exactly clear what the difference is between an investment advisor and a broker. The Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to remedy that.
Posted In: Investing, Personal Finance