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Want Security? Don't Invest...Save!

Want to retire with security to spare? Check out fixed rate annuities -- a way to save your way to security, rather than investing your way to an empty bank account.

Money, We Need to Talk: Investors Demand More Broker Contact

Good communication is key in determining how pleased clients are with their brokers, and there has been a dip in satisfaction. But its not because advisers are communicating less with their clients than they did before the recession. Actually, it's quite the opposite.

L.A. Radio Host Charged With Ponzi Scheme

An Iranian-American businessman who hosted a popular Persian language radio show called Economy Today has been indicted on charges that he robbed investors of $20 million in a Ponzi scheme than ran for six years.

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.

Trust in Banks Falls Back to Financial Crisis Lows

Americans' overall trust in the nation's financial system has dropped from 26% to 20%, a level that matches the lows recorded during the heart of the financial crisis in late 2008, according to the latest results from the Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index.

Hedge Funds Hit New Record with $2T in Assets

Hedge funds, which experienced sharp drops in assets during the credit crisis, now hold an all-time high of more than $2 trillion in capital, according to a new survey by Hedge Fund Research Inc. The figure is 50% higher than crisis-driven lows reached in the first quarter of 2009.

What's Really Wrong With Letting Banks Pay Big Dividends

The Federal Reserve is finally admitting that not all the big banks are healthy: Bank of America won't get to pay increased dividends. But none of those financial giants should be allowed to, and a logical look at the reasons they say they want to dole out the cash makes it totally clear why.

Are Investors Ignoring All the Good News?

With all the tragedy dominating the news these days, it's easy to be pessimistic. But the cold, hard facts about the economy actually paint a more optimistic picture.

Yes, Emerging Markets Still Hold Promise

The moods that dictate underlying prices can quickly swing from one extreme to the other and that creates opportunities for investors. For instance, the rush back to domestic markets is leaving opportunity on the table overseas again.

How Your Portfolio Can Profit From Higher Oil Prices

Skyrocketing oil prices don't have to bring only pain. Investors can also find some relief with investments that can benefit from oil's recent -- and likely future -- increases. Here are some ETFs and mutual funds worth considering, based on performance, risk and cost.

Investor Lawsuits Are Raising the Heat on Bank of America for 'Putbacks'

When Countrywide Financial created deeply flawed mortgage-backed securities, it wasn't just selling bad financial products: It was breaking its contracts. Now some ordinary investors are suing Countrywide's buyer, Bank of America, to force it to repurchase those bad mortgages. That's their right, but there's nothing simple about this case, or its ramifications.

Investors Extend Talks With Bank of America Over Mortgage Bonds

Bank of America (BAC) said talks will continue with bondholders who are demanding it buy back securities backed by billions of dollars of bad mortgages. Bank of America has been in talks with investors including Pacific Investment Management Co (Pimco), BlackRock Inc (BLK) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York over $47 billion of mortgage bonds, Bloomberg News reported.

ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged; Markets Await Word from Trichet

The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged for a 20th straight month. Officials at the ECB in Frankfurt left the benchmark lending rate unchanged at 1%, Bloomberg News reported. The move was widely forecast by analyst and economists.

Booz Allen Prices IPO at the Low End of Its Range

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding has priced its IPO at $17 a share, setting its $238 million offering at the low end of its range. The offering from the management and technology consulting firm, which largely serves government clients, apparently failed to inspire prospective investors.

As Commodities Spike, Inflation Worries Grow

As consumer and investor confidence shows signs of mending, rekindled fears of inflation are on the rise as well. Faced with higher costs and limited pricing power, many companies may have to hammer profit margins -- a possibility that has already started to take a toll on stocks.

Just Breaking Even? Some Call That Success

A new report says 55% of investors say they now accept any positive gains as investing success in these volatile markets, while another 23% believe break-even investment returns can also be considered successful.

GM IPO: Open to All Investors

There have been some questions over the past few weeks about whether the General Motors IPO would include restrictions on money put into the shares from investors overseas. GM made it clear recently the the U.S. Treasury would hold some of its share indefinitely as opposed to disposing of them as soon after the IPO as possible.

Muriel Siebert: After Lehman, Investors Deserve Better

Muriel Siebert, a long time advocate for the rights of investors, says that the Lehman collapse highlights how difficult it is for investors to understand balance sheets, which often are not completely truthful. But even so, she sees great opportunities for long-term investors.