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This fund beats the S&P 500 using only 75 of its constituents.  Here's how it works.

This fund beats the S&P 500 using only 75 of its constituents. Here’s how it works.

What worked well for years of a bull market through 2021 – the focus on growth, regardless of price – has come to a halt this year. The revival of the value investing style – and modest valuations overall – has taken hold. The approach adopted by the Invesco S&P 500 GARP ETF has paid …

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Can you still retire with $1 million?  That's what today's millionaires want to know.

Can you still retire with $1 million? That’s what today’s millionaires want to know.

OK, so a million dollars isn’t what it used to be. That’s the worry of a surprising number of American millionaires. At least that’s what fund management giant Natixis, which owns bond boutique Loomis Sayles, among other companies, reports. Natixis surveyed around 1,600 people with at least $1 million in “investable assets”. And just over …

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People who are still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

People who are still afraid of catching COVID-19 are costing the US economy billions of dollars

More than two years into the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing is preventing some workers from returning to work. That’s according to this working paper distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Some people are not ready to let their guard down, knowing that COVID-19 has not gone away. Some 13% of American workers say …

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This long-time bear warns of a “trap door” situation looming for the stock market.

This long-time bear warns of a “trap door” situation looming for the stock market.

Uncertainty continues for investors following a recent mixed batch of data – weaker than expected inflation, stronger than expected jobs and wages – as we enter the third week before Christmas. And we’re ending a year that just hasn’t been great for most investors. Feels a bit of your pain, Hussman Investment Trust chairman and …

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"I had to keep my cool because I didn't want to derail my success."  This financial advisor overcame the odds against her.

“I had to keep my cool because I didn’t want to derail my success.” This financial advisor overcame the odds against her.

Lanta Evans-Motte was forced to grow up fast. His mother died while Evans-Motte was still in elementary school. Two years later, her father suffered a severe stroke. “We didn’t know if he would live,” said Evans-Motte, now a financial adviser in Calverton, Maryland. “It was a touch-and-go for a while.” Evans-Motte was the youngest of …

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Here's how a hedge fund bucks the tide and beats the markets

Here’s how a hedge fund bucks the tide and beats the markets

Fund managers White Shoe Boston GMO – founded by Jeremy Grantham – are pulling the spotlight this year with their “equity dislocation” investment strategy. This strategy, unveiled almost exactly two years ago, buys the cheapest “value” stocks, then bets against the most expensive “growth” stocks. This “equity dislocation” portfolio gained a stunning 21% from October …

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401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of 'Worrying', Says Vanguard

401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of ‘Worrying’, Says Vanguard

Amid stubbornly high inflation, a record proportion of Americans are turning their 401(K) accounts into emergency piggy banks, according to Vanguard. Dissecting data from a sample of about five million employer-sponsored 401(k) accounts that Vanguard manages, the researchers said that 0.5% made hardship withdrawals in October. It’s a “worrying” all-time high, said retirement savings and …

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Banks are more than $1 trillion short of capital, analyst says, who fears shortfall will only get worse

Banks are more than $1 trillion short of capital, analyst says, who fears shortfall will only get worse

The new year is fast approaching and one idea for where to invest is the banking sector, whose margins benefit from high interest rates, at undemanding valuations. This statement may surprise those who think that the US banking industry has about $2.2 trillion in capital. But it reduces that figure in several ways. First, he …

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'It wasn't sustainable or real': Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

‘It wasn’t sustainable or real’: Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

The number of layoffs in the tech sector this year is approaching the annual levels seen during the Great Recession, but is far from dot-com-bust territory. As tech companies grapple with falling stock prices, inflation, rising interest rates and a possible recession, they have announced more than 60,000 job cuts this year, with indications such …

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