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Obama and the Bayonets: Who's Right on the Defense Debate?

President Obama's snappy comeback about bayonets and horses put Mitt Romney on the defensive on defense spending ... but do his arguments hold water? Is Washington being a good steward of your tax dollars, as it spends them on aircraft carriers, nuclear subs, and other gear for our smaller, high-tech Navy?

How to Make Up for Social Security's Meager Raise

For the first time since 2009, Social Security recipients will get a COLA increase in their checks in 2012. But that 3.6% bump probably isn't going to cover the real rise in your expenses. So where should you invest to find that extra income?

This Week: Major Earnings and Reports Every Day

With corporate earnings season in full swing -- watch for McDonalds, along with Catepillar, Amazon and other -- and with the Fed meeting on interest rates, the GDP estimate and housing numbers coming out -- the week ahead is expected to be quite busy.

10 Best Stock Picks of the 10 Richest Hedge Funds

The smartest money on Wall Street may be at the top hedge funds, whose investment managers are paid billions a year to beat the market. Those gurus only take big money clients, but you can follow their lead: DailyFinance has the 10 best stock picks of the 10 highest-paid hedge fund managers.

Healthy Boost for Dividends
in the First Quarter

U.S. corporate dividends are showing a dramatic turnaround just one year after recording their worst quarter in history. S&P reports that 399 companies added $6.4 billion to dividends in the first quarter. By contrast, 367 companies cut dividends by a record $43.8 billion in the first of quarter 2009.

Lockheed Profits Fly Past Estimates

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin posted higher fourth-quarter earnings that exceeded expectations, boosted by sales of its fighter jets and satellite systems. The earnings per share results, however, were boosted by a share buyback.

Wall Street Has Many Things to Be Sorry About -- Just Not Corporate Jets

When JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Bank of American (BAC) head Brian Moynihan flew today via corporate aircraft to Washington, D.C., to testify before a Congressional panel investigating the financial crisis, their mode of transport raised some eyebrows. But the furor over corporate jets, which are often the most efficient way to transport executives, distracts from the larger issues.

Defense stocks: No longer a sure thing

For most of the Bush era, defense stocks seemed pretty close to a sure thing. Those days are over and are not coming back any time soon, according to...