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Is the key to getting rich work, risk or luck?

The role of luck in getting wealthy is no longer just an academic issue: it's also a political one.<p>If we assume that wealth comes from working hard, taking great personal risk and coming up with great ideas, then the wealthy don't necessarily "owe" society for their success.<p>But if the rich are …

Investing: Who wins, loses with higher rates

Investors who forgot what to do when interest rates rise might be due for a refresher course.<p>Sharp swings in interest rates can be one of those major market shocks that crown new winners and punish companies on the wrong side of the shift. And after 30 years of falling interest rates that included …

DAVID BIANCO: Get Ready For The S&P 500 To Hit 2,000

"We introduce a 2014 end target of 1850 and a 2015 end target of 2000 as the S&P PE climbs from about 15x today to 16x or higher," wrote Bianco in a new note to clients.<p>That may sound bullish, but those numbers are actually relatively cautious. Garthwaite sees the S&P at 1,900 by the end of next …

Markets

9 Financial Events That Rocked Emerging Markets In The Last 30 Years

Turmoil has been coming to and from the emerging markets lately. Borrowing costs have been rising as funds leave these asset classes.<p>To address this, the analysts at Morgan Stanley published a massive 82-page report titled: "What If The Tide Goes Out?" The addresses the idea of the "sudden …

10 things estate sales won’t tell you

<b>1. “Anybody can do this job.”</b><p>The liquidation business is driven by the four d’s: downsizing, death, divorce and debt. With about 10,000 Americans …

Wall Streeters Are Falling In Love With Snapchat

You know what I'm talking about. Henry Blodget calling a stock a P.O.S in an email. Libor traders slapping each other on the back for rigging the rates via instant messaging. S&P analysts rating cows. Goldman's Fabulous Fab trying to impress a girl by saying he would be the only potential survivor …

Wall Street

Everybody's Paying Fat Cash Dividends These Days

Dividends have accounted for over 40% of total returns for stock market investors since 1930.<p>Oppenheimer's John Stoltzfus and Matt Naidorf argue that dividend considerations should be a "central component of the investment process."<p>In a recent report to clients, the analysts note that it's a …

Investing

What Fatherhood Teaches You About Entrepreneurship

<b>Entrepreneurs Need Fatherhood Skills</b><br>I joined the fatherhood tribe last year. I embraced the entrepreneurial tribe 20 years ago. And I am in the thick of my start up Toilet Hackers and loving the lessons I am learning from being a Dad. I think every entrepreneur needs fatherhood skills.<p>In the build …

Facebook And Microsoft Finally Allowed To Disprove 'Hyperbolic And False' Initial Spying Reports

Facebook on Friday became the first to release aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users' accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users …

Surveillance

Can The World Afford Higher Interest Rates?

That’s the end of QE tapering talk then? Not quite, but it should die down somewhat, given U.S. Fed Reserve conduit Jon Hilsenrath’s latest kiss-and-tell article in <i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Thankfully, it might also stop all the blather about the U.S. and global economies recovering (they’re not) and …

Jeff Gundlach: 3 Reasons Interest Rates Won't Head Much Higher

With the rate on the 10 year Treasury up around 50 basis points over the last month, many prominent bond investors (including PIMCO’s Bill Gross) have called an end to the decades long bond bull market. Judging by his presentation earlier this week entitled “What in the World is Going on?” bond …

Friday’s movers: Groupon rallies 12% on upgrade

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Groupon Inc. climbed by double digits to finish at a two-week high on Friday following an upgrade from a Deutsche Bank …

3 ways Baby Boomers are redefining retirement

The path to retirement is normally considered to be a life-long marathon filled with numerous hurdles that occasionally trip up participants. The greatest economic slowdown since the Great Depression impacted millions of Americans, but those nearing retirement are feeling better about their …

Is true retirement an outdated concept?

New research shows that investment savings and financial security, rather than age, now determine when near-retirees feel ready to retire. Despite improving economic conditions, Maritz Research's recent Retirement Study marks $500,000 as the tipping point at which people feel comfortable to retire, …

Invest like a pension-plan pro

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE<p>If you’re looking to improve the risk-adjusted performance of your retirement portfolio then maybe it’s time you invested your …

Retirement

Google launches Internet-beaming balloons

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing the …

Many economists see Fed cutting bond buying by fall

Seven of 10 economists surveyed by USA TODAY predict the Federal Reserve will begin scaling back its easy-money policies this year, with most of that group saying its initial move will come by early fall.<p>Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke may do little to dispel that belief after a two-day meeting of …

Avoid These Common Investing Psychology Traps

Various authors have written on psychological or behavioral traps that lead people in the wrong direction with their lives in general. Sometimes, these books touch on financial matters, but that is certainly not their main focus. In this article, the intention is to apply some classic forms of …

Bitcoin prices lose a bit of their wild side

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Bitcoin, the decentralized digital currency that has enthused gold bugs and tech geeks, emerged as the Wild West of …

Stock volatility only owes so much to Fed

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Stock investors can’t stop thinking about the Federal Reserve these days, and the pressure is on policymakers to come …