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If She Could Save $280,000, What's Your Excuse?

It may seem hard to save money for retirement: Fully 76% of Americans have saved less than $100,000, and 56% have saved less than $25,000. But once you learn how Oseola McCarty managed to set aside so much with so little, you'll see how few excuses you have.

10 Firms in the 'Ultimate Stock Pickers' Portfolio

There's a lot of overlap among the holdings of Morningstar's 26 highly rated funds, and these 10 stocks top the list. So if you want to follow the pros, consider these -- all of them mega-cap stocks and ultra-conservative buys.

Should Coca-Cola Raise Its Prices?

Rafi Mohammed, author of The Art of Pricing, says Coca-Cola is selling itself short. Some of its beverages, such as Coke Zero, could be priced higher, potentially raising the company's margin and profit. But in the Cola Wars, could higher prices cause a customer retreat?

Corporate Litterbugs Soon to Be Outed

When it launches next month, the Plastic Disclosure Project -- which surprisingly has strong backing from investors -- plans to expose corporations that are contributing to plastic waste when it launches next month.

Week Ahead: Coca-Cola, Disney, Hasbro Earnings

It should be pretty quiet on the economic calendar this week, with only a few national reports due out. But iconic companies Walt Disney, Coca-Cola and Hasbro, among others, are scheduled to report quarterly results. Here's a preview.

What Will This Week's Earnings Signal?

After the Dow's 261-point belly flop to end last week on what were, after all, better-than-expected bank earnings, investors may be forgiven for feeling rather queasy after checking out this week's earnings calendar, which includes 120 of the S&P 500.

A Pot Portfolio: Who Stands to Profit if Marijuana Is Legalized?

When the state of California announced that a marijuana legalization measure would be on its November ballot, the ensuing discussion covered a range of topics from medicine to morality. But few pundits brought up the biggest factor of them all: money. With a potential market of millions of pot smokers, decriminalization of marijuana could open the door to a vast, largely-untapped market for smoking paraphernalia, accessories, and other lifestyle accoutrements.

PepsiCo Sees Strong Earnings Growth in 2010

PepsiCo reported solid earnings Thursday of $3.77 per share in 2009, and said it sees double-digit earnings growth in 2010, which suggests a strengthening global economy in the year ahead.

Pepsi Earnings Will Hold Clues About Economy

Investors hope to see "more of the same" when PepsiCo reports fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday morning: sports/health drink and snack sales holding their own in developed markets, and increased carbonated beverage sales in key emerging markets in Latin America and Asia.