| Jan 3, 2014
| 9:02 AM
That mutual fund you bought, figuring it would shield you from pain in the stock market, may turn out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing.
I'm talking about the mutual funds in 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts and 529 college savings plans...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Wary investors have fallen in love with floating-rate bond funds. And no wonder: The funds pay a decent yield and are designed to protect against rising interest rates, which just about everyone expects once the Federal...
| Nov 17, 2013
As a corporate executive, Roland Smith is a fixer, repairing beleaguered companies. In his leisure time, he also embraces risk, climbing mountains and riding motorcycles. In the Army, he was a test pilot.
Analysts and merger experts say Smith, 59, may...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Amazon Studios is stepping up competition with Netflix's originals by greenlighting production of its first two hour-long drama pilots -- apocalyptic thriller "The After" from Chris Carter ("The X-Files") and cop procedural "Bosch" -- and also announced...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 4:04 AM
A few years ago, at the Allen & Co. conference for media moguls in Sun Valley, Idaho, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett asked to sit down with then-Groupon Chairman Eric Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz, to talk about giving away half their wealth.
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
With interest rates set to rise, many on Wall Street are wondering if the municipal bond market is in for another pummeling as 2014 gets underway.
Investors couldn't get out fast enough last year. Bonds from states, cities and counties suffered their...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
NEW YORK — It's been a fantastic time for stocks, but it's been even better for shares of small companies like Zale Corp.
The small Texas company's shares rocketed more than 280% last year, propelled by investors who expect lovebirds to...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In the last five years, stock mutual fund managers had two big opportunities to show how much they deserved your money — and trust.
First, they could have limited your losses in the harrowing 2008-09 market crash. Second, they could have...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Large-cap growth funds have held up better than most other types of stock funds in 2011.
Previously ignored, big-name companies that have rapidly rising earnings become more attractive in uncertain times than their riskier small-cap counterparts....
| Oct 11, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Of the many ideas at Chicago Ideas Week, the biggest one to catch on may be Chicago Ideas Week itself.
We've reached Year Three of this annual festival of discussions, demonstrations and interactive experiences, and what recently seemed new now feels...
| May 19, 2013
| 7:00 AM
How do the wealthy stay wealthy? The mandatory financial disclosure released last week by commerce secretary nominee Penny Pritzker provides a rare look at an American billionaire's entire investment portfolio. Pritzker inherited much of her wealth,...
| Jul 3, 2013
In a shocking loss for individuals who thought they could count on gold to keep them safe, investment statements arriving in household mailboxes soon will show people the unthinkable.
In three months investors in gold have lost 23 percent. The loss is...