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Do You Dare To Buy Stocks in 2014?

If you missed the rally this year, you are not alone. Most professionals, whether portfolio managers, economists or talking heads on TV totally missed it, too. That’s truly amazing in a year when the S&P 500 was up 29%. There are good explanations for people missing the rally and less compelling …

Investment Roundtable: Top stock picks for 2014

Five investment managers and strategists explain what's behind their top bets for next year.<p>On Dec. 6, USA TODAY Wall Street reporter Adam Shell interviewed five top investment managers and strategists for USA TODAY's 18th annual Investment Roundtable.<p>The panel spent three hours debating how …

GOLDMAN: Here Are The 40 Cheapest Stocks In The Market

And Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin believes the fun isn't about to stop any time soon.<p>"We forecast a 4% rise through year-end and a 7% return during the next 12 months," he writes in a letter to clients.<p>Kostin's targets the S&P at 1750 in 6 months and 1825 in 12 months.<p>Kostin believes …

Washington's Backward Retirement Policy: So Wrong, and Yet So Easy to Fix

We have more than enough money to protect Social Security. It's just going to the wrong people: private savers.<p>Reuters<p>In his 1998 State of the Union Address, facing the prospect of budget surpluses for the first time in decades, President Bill Clinton had a simple plan: "Save Social Security …

Why 401(k)s Have Failed

Last night’s “Frontline” show on PBS did Americans a great service. It showed the folly of the 401(k) structure, which has been a problem for decades.<p>Unfortunately, while Frontlne’s Martin Smith and his many great guests focused on costs (too high), poor guidance and employer neglect, the larger …

Damascus, the city where everything's for sale but no one's buying

Damer's ice-cream shop has delighted Damascenes for decades with its exquisite lemon and chocolate flavours, French patisserie and milky puddings …