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In Their Own Words: Sunnis on Their Treatment in Maliki’s Iraq

Much of the world was shocked when militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, in June. One …

Middle East

States' Rebellion Against Food Stamp Cuts Grows

When Congress passed a farm bill earlier this year, it expected to save $8.6 billion over 10 years by tightening what many say is a loophole in the food stamp, or SNAP, program. But it's not going to happen.<p>You see, Congress left states an opening to avoid the cuts. And so far, nearly half of the …

REITs And Your Portfolio

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have unique characteristics that make them a great portfolio diversifier. The performance of REITs has been on par with US common stocks; however, the correlation of return has varied from low to high. The non-linear return relationship of REITs to common …

January 15 Sticker Shock For High Income Taxpayers

Last year’s tax hikes combined with the stock market run-up mean a lot of taxpayers should be making big fourth quarter 2013 estimated tax payments on January 15. If they don’t pay in now but should, they’ll face a bigger tax bill (or a smaller refund) on April 15 and possible penalties.<p>Who is at …

Four Questions To Ask About 401(k) To IRA Rollovers

Let’s say you are either switching companies or ready to retire. Should you roll over your 401(k) into an individual retirement account (IRA)?<p>The natural answer is to roll over into an IRA. It sounds logical because it’s a tax-deferred vehicle and is generally easy to do, which is why some 95 …

Everyone Says Buy Index Funds, But How Do You Pick The Right Index?

Stepping up to the plate to take your first swing at ETF investing has never been simpler and more cost effective, but as eager investors approach these products, are they really understanding the differences in portfolio composition? Index formulation methodology could likely have a much greater …

Starve The IRS Beast, Punish The Average Taxpayer

Some folks cheer when the Internal Revenue Service’s budget shrinks. Last summer, for example, a House subcommittee approved a 24% IRS budget cut, in part as punishment for the agency’s ham-handed handling of tax-exempt applications from Tea Party groups.<p>But before you join the starve-the-IRS-beast …

This tiny mutual fund is no. 1 for 2013

It was a great year for broad stock-market benchmarks, but a downright fabulous one for shares of small, fast-growing companies.<p>That trend helped …

Playing the early January odds

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — The Dow’s triple-digit loss last Thursday — the first trading day of 2014 — means that the stock market will lose …

All-weather stocks for 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — What stocks should you buy in the late stage of a bull market?<p>TRADING STRATEGIES: January <br>Terrence …

6 major ETF developments in 2013

It was a heady year for ETFs.<p>The year began with the 20th anniversary of SPDR S&P 500 SPY, -0.39% , the first and still the largest ETF in the U.S., …

5 ways social media is changing finance

The way you make choices has changed.<p>Want to find the restaurant serving the best steak, the clothing shop with the best-fitting jeans, or the …

Fourteen stocks for 2014

ELM GROVE, Wisc. (MarketWatch) — At the start of 2013, I gave you four stocks to buy. Those picks did well. Wells Fargo has run from $35 to $45; …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

Elon Musk

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …

High-tech autos get spotlight at Consumer Electronics Show

Audi will light the way for an increasingly high-tech auto industry next week when it introduces its Sport Quattro Laserlight concept vehicle at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.<p>The CES extravaganza has traditionally been the place where techies track breakthroughs in TV, …

General Motors

Associated Press News

With AT&T And T-Mobile Going To War, Customers Are The Clear Winners

AT&T wants you to drop T-Mobile and take their wireless service so badly, they’ll give you up to $450 to do it. In a first-of-its-kind promotion, one carrier is specifically targeting another’s customers. And this is no case of the underdog picking on the market leader to puff itself up. Instead, …

Obama to pressure GOP to extend unemployment benefits

The president will meet with some Americans on Tuesday who have lost their benefits.<p>WASHINGTON — President Obama will meet on Tuesday in Washington with some long-term unemployed Americans, as the White House ramps up pressure on Congress to extend unemployment insurance benefits that expired for …

Housing recovery means more seized homes on auction block

This New Year's may have been the last that Courtney Scott celebrates in her modest suburban Atlanta home.<p>Two days before Christmas, as her quest for an affordable mortgage entered its fifth year, Bank of America sent the 65-year-old retired nurse another foreclosure notice — her fourth.<p>Though the …

Real Estate

IRS: New Year, New Rules

There are a lot of changes brewing in the tax world for 2014. Some changes are the result of things Congress did – and even more, the result of things didn’t do. But Congress doesn’t pull all of the strings. The Internal Revenue Service has more than a little bit of latitude when it comes to tax …

Jim Cramer: Digging Into Last Year's Biggest Winners

NEW YORK (Real Money) -- You know what's bizarre about the five best-performing stocks in the <b>S&P 500</b> last year and the five worst-performing stocks …

Senior Loan Portfolio (BKLN) Shares Cross Above 200 DMA

In trading on Friday, shares of the Senior Loan Portfolio ETF (AMEX: BKLN) crossed above their 200 day moving average of $24.90, changing hands as high as $24.91 per share. Senior Loan Portfolio shares are currently trading up about 0.1% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of …

ARCC Makes Notable Cross Below Critical Moving Average

In trading on Friday, shares of Ares Capital Corporation (NASD: ARCC) crossed below their 200 day moving average of $17.54, changing hands as low as $17.51 per share. Ares Capital Corporation shares are currently trading down about 0.2% on the day. The chart below shows the one year performance of …