| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It was a slow grind, but U.S. stocks posted gains in the second quarter and first half, extending the bull run into a sixth year.
In a surprise, investors also were rewarded for sticking with bonds, as interest rates resumed their decline after...
| Jul 2, 2014
As investors enter the second half of the year, they are faced with a conundrum.
Continuing growth of the economy is on stock investors' side after lifting the Standard & Poor's 500 index 6 percent in the first half of the year, plumping up 401(k)...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 5:41 PM
As lawmakers struggle to craft a water bond proposal for voters, there's a huge reservoir of wonderful, non-controversial project ideas. But practically everyone is suffering from tunnel vision. Literally.
Not just the politicians, but —...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:21 PM
Searching for a place to stash cash is frustrating.
You could put the money in a savings account and earn virtually nothing. You could put it in a money market fund and suffer the same fate. You could select a short-term bond fund, but you will get...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 3:28 PM
Although Argentina's apparently imminent default on its foreign debt is unlikely to trigger a rerun of the economic and political crises that nearly tore the country apart a decade ago, it could usher in a new era of hardship, analysts said Friday....
| Jun 3, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Common stock investors have certainly been pleased with the overall stock market performance over the last five years. For example the S&P 500 index increased 19.1 percent in that period; Vanguard's total stock market index fund has increased 19.6...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 5:14 PM
When California voters approved $9 billion in funding for a bullet train in 2008, the ballot measure included the strictest engineering and spending controls ever placed on a major state project.
Voters were told that the high-speed trains would hit 220...
| May 28, 2014
Love it or leave it ... or play the wallflower.
The wallflower role has been the preferred stance in the stock market this year. Investors have been willing to hang around after the thrill of 30 percent gains last year and modest growth in corporate...
| May 28, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Wise investing requires selling your stocks at regular intervals to respond to changes in your life and your portfolio. Once you've sold your stocks, you'll need to reinvest the proceeds. We suggest some ideas below that will...
| May 29, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Fixed mortgage rates declined for the fifth straight week, with Freddie Mac reporting that lenders were offering 30-year home loans at an average of 4.12%, down from 4.14% a week earlier.
The average offering rate for a 15-year fixed loan fell to 3.21%...
| May 14, 2014
| 6:20 PM
Stock prices are near all-time highs, but the real place to be this year is the bond market.
To the surprise of many on Wall Street, the long-underestimated fixed-income market is quietly outperforming its equity counterpart.
Many investors expected...