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Europe Comes to Agreement, Though Issues Remain

Europe took a major step toward resolving some of its debt woes late Thursday and into early Friday. According to The New York Times, the European Union has agreed to change its treaty to require a greater degree of fiscal responsibility from member nations. The new treaty requires countries in the European Union to limit […]

Portfolio diversification effective in down market

Investors have had to deal with paltry returns over the last few years, but diversification is still an effective tool. Diversification means combining different assets that do not correlate with each other, meaning they do not move together. USA Today reports that the Standard & Poor's 500 index yielded a meager 1.4 percent between January […]

Verizon Backs Out of Google Wallet

Google has suffered yet another setback in its attempts to re-imagine electronic payments. The Associated Press reports that Verizon, one of Google’s key allies in the mobile sphere, has decided not to include the company’s new Google Wallet function in its latest smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Verizon was integral in the promotion of Android-based […]

Money managers see good environment for buyers in 2012

The feedback gathered at the recent 2012 Reuters Investment Outlook Summit indicated that many money managers see the year as one with various opportunities, Reuters reports. Wide selloffs have left the stocks of many companies that are in a strong financial positions with low price-to-earnings ratios, according to the media outlet. Companies headquartered in the […]

Investors may face fewer investment options in their 401ks

While the number of options available to 401k participants has risen over the past decade, these same retirement plan users may see their options start to shrink. Data provided by consulting firm Aon Hewitt indicates that the median number of investment options available in these retirement plans has risen from 10 in 2001 to 18 […]

Volatility will continue in 2012

Even if the various troubled nations resolve their major dilemmas this year, investors should be ready for volatility to continue in 2012, Reuters reports. Even if the United States solves its fiscal deficit, China successfully copes with its economic slowdown, and Europe survives its debt problems, analysts have arrived at a consensus that volatility will […]

China Sees Surge of IPOs, But Stability Uncertain

As questions continue to rise about the wisdom of investing in Chinese companies, the nation’s IPO market has begun to pick up. The Wall Street Journal reports that China has seen a spike in the number of companies looking to conduct initial public offerings after many businesses were forced to delay their plans during the […]

Facebook Could Bypass Banks in IPO Bid

While investors are eagerly looking forward to any word about the upcoming initial public offering by Facebook, banks may have a little less to be happy about. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook could skip the process of collecting underwriters for its IPO entirely. Underwriters are the banks responsible for judging the interest in […]

U.S. government bonds are the least-favorite asset of money managers

U.S. treasuries are not the favorite assets of money managers, according to The Associated Press. There are various reasons not to like the financial instruments. They provide very little return and many market experts anticipate that they will lose value when interest rates start to recover from historically low levels. There are various reasons not […]

Groupon Sees 500 Percent Growth in Holiday Sales

A few weeks after its IPO, Groupon has seen some success as a public company, according to Reuters. Investors have struggled substantially to determine whether they made a good choice putting their money into the young daily deals company, particularly after a quick decline similar to many of the other technology companies going public this […]