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Has the Gold Rush Come to An End?

Gold, often touted as the most trustworthy of investments, has looked wild over the past month, plunging $200 in April. Where is it headed next?

U.S. Stocks Keep Rising as S&P 500 Nears Record High

Encouraging news from the job market pushed the stock market up early Thursday, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index near its all-time high. The S&P 500 rose seven points to 1,561 -- just four points away from the high it hit in October 2007 -- before retreating marginally after 10 a.m.

In Silicon Valley, the 'Recovery' Has Left Many in the Dust

The Silicon Valley is adding jobs faster than it has in more than a decade. Stocks and fortunes are soaring. But bleaker records are also being set: Food stamp participation just hit a 10-year high and homelessness rose 20 percent in two years. Simply put, while the ultra-rich are getting even richer, record numbers of Silicon Valley residents are slipping into poverty.

Why Smart Investors Should Support Immigration Reform

For the first time in a generation, there seems to be political will on both sides of the aisle to pass new immigration legislation. It's an issue generally framed as a political or cultural one, but it has profound consequences for investors, businesses and the whole U.S. economy.

Why It's Really Time to Break Up the Too Big to Fail Banks

When the financial crisis hit, Washington chose to rescue America's biggest banks, lest their failure crush the economy. Now, "too big to fail" has morphed into "too big to jail," and letting them remain that way isn't good for the economy -- or the banking industry.

10 Mistakes That Turn Investors Into Their Own Worst Enemies

The hardest part of investing can sometimes be getting out of your own way. Too often, we let emotions guide our investing strategies, with disastrous results. A new study reveals the most common mistakes: We've summed up the popular pitfalls so you can avoid them.