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Aug 23, 2019

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How has the stock market affected your retirement?

by Marketplace Staff Aug 15, 2019
Volatile markets can cause your retirement fund to drop.
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Shanghai Stock Exchange shoots for the STARs with new tech-focused board

by Victoria Craig Jul 22, 2019
The STAR market is enjoying a buzzy debut, with "a huge amount" of oversubscription from institutional and retail investors.
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What’s the deal with after-hours trading, anyway?

by Justin Ho Jul 3, 2019
Stock movements in after-hours markets get a lot of attention. But trading after markets close can be dangerous for small-time investors.
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The numbers, World Poetry Day edition

by Eve Epstein Mar 21, 2019
Rhyming poetry can be hard ... with apologies to the Bard.
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Rebalancing the S&P 500 means a whole lot of trades

by Tracey Samuelson Mar 15, 2019
Friday was one of the four times a year when the S&P 500 rebalances itself. This means that some stocks leave this index and some come in. This also means that all the indixes and exchange-traded funds that track the…
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Who wins and who misses out when there's market volatility

by Janet Nguyen Mar 7, 2019
Some can actually benefit from the chaos.
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There's yet another proposal to get the government out of the mortgage-guarantee business

by Amy Scott Feb 4, 2019
One of the last big unresolved issues from the financial crisis is what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Together with government-owned Ginnie Mae, they own or guarantee more than half the home loans in the country. Fannie…
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The blockchain is coming to Wall Street

by Molly Wood Jan 21, 2019
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How Merriam-Webster “measures” volatility vs. the VIX

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Here's why consumer sentiment is positive even while markets are tanking

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 21, 2018
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