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'Dark Pools': Are Hidden Trades Undermining the Stock Market?

When the market closing bell rings, you may believe trading activity ends for the day. But behind the scenes, stock trading continues in "dark pools": secondary stock markets that operate out of sight of the average investor and beyond the reach of regulators.

Dow Loses 251, Its Second-Biggest Drop of the Year

Investors yanked money out of stocks Thursday after new reports from the U.S. and China pointed to a sharp slowdown in manufacturing. Losses in energy and materials companies led a widespread rout on the stock market.

US Stocks Mixed as European Debt Crisis Festers

Crisis-weary investors scoffed Monday at what had appeared to be a hopeful turn in the European debt crisis: a victory for pro-Europe parties in a Greek election. U.S. stocks were little changed, and borrowing costs for Spain surged to alarming levels.

Sell in May and Go Away: Stocks Close Dismal Month

With a disappointing finish on Thursday, the stock market closed what was by some measures its worst month in two years. Over five dismal weeks, Facebook fizzled, a debt crisis in Europe loomed, and nobody was in the mood to buy.

The Only Key Swing Voter in This Election? Mr. Dow Jones

Wading through all of the myriad political issues and hot buttons of an election year can be difficult for both candidates and voters. But what if there's only one thing that determines the outcome of a presidential race? Turns out, it may really be that simple.

The Best Place to Put Cash: Extra Mortgage Payments

Eenie, meenie, miney, moe -- where should my cash savings go? That's the riddle many Americans are trying to figure out these days. After the necessities are taken care of, it's time to choose: mattress, stock market or mortgage? Do the math and the answer is clear.

Dow Closes Above 13,000, First Time Since Crisis

The Dow Jones industrial average on Tuesday reclaimed the last of the ground it held before the carnage of the Great Recession %u2014 bailouts, bank failures, layoffs by the million and a stock market plunge that cut retirement savings in half. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 19, 2008, almost four months before the fall of the Lehman Brothers investment bank triggered the worst of the financial crisis.

Dow Breaks 13,000 for First Time Since '08 Crisis

The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 13,000 on Tuesday for the first time since May 2008, when the Lehman Brothers investment bank was solvent, unemployment a healthy 5.4 percent and the worst of the Great Recession months ahead. The milestone came about two hours into the trading day. The stock market got the final push from strong corporate earnings reports and a Greek bailout deal intended to prevent the next financial crisis.

Wall Street Plays a Risky Game, Again

Taking note of the Dow's progress, The Wall Street Journal recently called its performance "eerie ... calm ... too quiet." Indeed, if things keep going at the rate they have been going so far, we're on track for the stock markets to gain more than 50% this year. Dow 18,000, anyone?

Another Brokerage Bites the Dust: Is Wall St. In Trouble?

Over the past couple of weeks, with little fanfare, three small brokerages bit the dust due to a dearth of trading activity on the stock markets and a lack of capital in-house. This may not matter much, but it could be the beginning of a wave of failures on Wall Street.

Stocks Weaken Despite Strong December Jobs Report

Stocks are opening slightly lower despite a government report that the unemployment rate dropped in December to the lowest level in nearly three years. The Labor Department said early Friday that the unemployment rate fell last month to 8.5%, while U.S. employers added a net 200,000 jobs.

The Economy Ahead: What to Expect in 2012

With 2011 fast coming to a close, it's time to think about what's next -- if you dare. We've got the good news, the bad news, the key points to watch and some good advice on getting through 2012 with your finances intact.

U.S. Retirement Assets Declined by $1.4 Trillion

More ominous developments on the darkening retirement front: The total value of Americans' retirement assets stood at $17 trillion at the end of September -- a drop of 7.5% from the record high of $18.4 trillion recorded on June 30, 2011.

Michael Moore's Money Advice Will Leave You Poorer

Filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore has joined the Occupy Wall Street movement, and his tirades against corporate greed, bailouts for bankers, unemployment are all mostly accurate and on point -- but when he says "the 99%" should stay out of the markets, he's giving terrible financial advice.

Terror for Adults: Check Out These 5 Scary Numbers

Boo! It's the season of ghosts and goblins, when we like to scare ourselves and each other. But while Halloween frights are generally lighthearted and short-lived, there are some truly scary facts out there regarding our finances -- ones we'd do well to know about and beware of.

Is Safe Investing Possible? How to Manage Market Volatility

With all the volatility in the stock market today, some individual investors are wondering if they should be more active with a portion of their portfolio, or back away from equities entirely. But if you bail out of stocks, where can you find decent returns? DailyFinance's Laura Rowley talks with Stuart Ritter, financial planner with T. Rowe Price.

Eight Stocks to Put on Your Bargain-Price Wish List

Who says volatility is all bad? The fearfully stumbling stock market means that some excellent stocks are trading at or near fire sale prices. For investors with the patience to wait for the right moment, here are eight companies to keep an eye on -- or to snap up right now.

A Rookie's Guide to Investing in Emerging Markets

The U.S. stock market's recent gyrations have many investors ready to look overseas for better returns. But it's a complicated world out there, which is why many less-experienced investors are still sitting on the global sidelines. Here's what you need to know make investing in emerging markets a little less scary.

Why Investors Pick Wrong Times to Buy Annuities

A study by Alessandro Previtero, a finance professor at University of Western Ontario, has found that investors are likely to buy annuities at the wrong times. Making decisions based on recent market events -- like last week's stock-market crash -- can take a big toll on your retirement wealth.

How to Pick a CD That
Works for You

As the stock market continues to spook investors, many are fleeing to the safety of bank certificates. Here's why they're looking good now and how to pick the right one for you.

Buy Sirius XM, Sell Pandora

Folks have been writing off Sirius XM Radio for years. Competitor Pandora is flashier, and has been growing faster than its peers. But it's also been losing money, while the far-less-expensive Sirius is making a profit. Here's why investors should swap Pandora shares for Sirius.

Goal-Oriented Investing: 3 Tips for Newbies

With all the stock-market turmoil, investors may find it hard to stay focused. But Rimmy Malhotra, GoalMine's chief investment officer, says its as important as ever for investors to stay the course. He offers three tips for goal-oriented investing.

Secrets of Investors Who Keep Their Cool in Chaos

With all the ups and downs in the stock market in the last week, it's not surprising that some investors have panicked. But we've also found examples of investors who have kept calm. Here are some of their secrets.

Why IBM Is a Safe-Haven Stock

While the overall stock market has plunged, IBM has remained flat. What's its secret to stability? We take a look under the hood to figure out what makes it a safe-haven stock -- and what elements investors should look for as they seek out others.

The Biggest Losers: 10 Stocks That Got Crushed

It's been heck of a ride on Wall Street: the ups, the downs, a 500-plus point selloff. But some stocks suffered far more than others this week. Here's a look at 10 of the biggest decliners.

What Government Defaults Mean for Muni Bonds

U.S. municipalities have filed five bankruptcies this year, and -- next week -- Jefferson County, Ala., could make a sixth. Could city and county defaults shake the muni-bond market just as investors are fleeing to it amid stock-market declines?

How to Survive the Stock Market's Wild Ride

The stock-market roller coaster of the last couple of weeks -- culminating with Thursday's 500-point plunge on the Dow -- has been enough to make even the most stoic investors sweat. Experts offer opinions on how you can turn uncertainty into opportunity.