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Mutual Fund Legend Bill Miller Steps Down

Legg Mason's Bill Miller was the mutual fund industry's rock star through the 1990s and the first few years of this millennium. Now he's unplugging his amp and walking off the stage.

5 Things to Watch This Week

There's never a dull moment on Wall Street, especially when new tablets and old banks are in the way. Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week ahead once Monday rolls around.

Five Reasons I Hate Target Date Funds

A tsunami of money -- $2 trillion within the next decade -- is flowing into target date funds, a type of retirement account that's supposed to make investing for our post-work years simple. But the way those funds are run isn't always in our best interest. Laura Rowley explains.

4 Signs It's Time to Dump Your Mutual Fund

Many mutual fund shareholders may not even realize how well or poorly their funds have been doing lately. After all, actively managed mutual funds are attractive to those who don't want to have to watch the market too closely. But you should definitely watch for these four simple warning signs.

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.

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.

Planning for Retirement
Amid Market Mayhem

Planning for retirement? Don't panic. Here's why you should ignore the market mayhem: You have complete control over the most important component of your retirement plan, your contributions.

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.

Striking a Balance Between Stocks' Profits and Bonds' Safety

After getting hammered when stocks dove a few years ago, many investors scrambled for the safety of bonds. But now that stock markets have rallied, cautious investors are looking for ways to get some profits from equities while keeping conservative portfolios. A new variable annuity product from Western & Southern Financial Group may be just what they're looking for.

Sticking With Your 2010 Winners Could Be a Winner for 2011

According to S&P, investors who reinvested in the previous year's three best-performing sectors outperformed the S&P 500 benchmark 70% of the time. But investors who switched to prior year's three worst-performing sectors beat the S&P benchmark only 40% of the time.

How You Can Profit From the Coming Merger Mania

With interest rates so low and corporations sitting on $2 trillion in cash, a slew of mergers and takeovers across a number of industries appears likely in 2011. But picking individual companies is awfully tough. Here's a better way to capitalize on the coming M&A boom.

Jones Villalta Opportunity Fund Likes Financials, Tech Stocks

Where are the best deep-value investment opportunities? Where there is the most pessimism, of course. In this short video, fund manager Tom Villata talks about where he sees the greatest opportunities among blue-chip tech stocks and financials.

ETFs in 2010: The Winners, the Losers and the Warnings

The investment world's love affair with all things ETF did not wane in 2010, as their share of the market rose to $940 billion. But popular doesn't mean easy, and it doesn't always mean profitable. Along with the best and the worst performers, a few reminders about how to use these popular investment vehicles safely.

10 Investing Facts You Probably Don't Know

The securities industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year in advertising, but that doesn't mean you're getting the straight scoop. The financial media doesn't always help, either. So, as you contemplate investing for 2011, here are 10 facts to keep in mind.

How to Lower the Taxes on
Your Investments

Could you be keeping more of the money that your portfolio is producing? DailyFinance spoke with professional investment managers and came up with eight tax strategies to help you maximize your after-tax returns.

Active ETFs: Still the Next Big Thing?

Active exchange-traded funds -- a sort of hybrid between a regular ETF and a mutual fund -- were supposed to give investors the best of both worlds. But these newfangled ETFs have so struggled to find their place. Some pros, however, still see a bright future.

Morgan Stanley to Sell Its Invesco Stake

Morgan Stanley said it is divesting its 6.7% stake in investment manager Invesco. The investment bank will sell the 30.9 million shares it received as part of the sale of its Van Kampen mutual fund portfolio to Invesco, a stake worth nearly $717 million at Tuesday's closing price of $23.20.

The 'Unlucky' Way to Double Your Investment Returns

What if you could increase your investment returns more than 200% by simply understanding the role of luck versus skill in investing? Several recent studies have shown how, and if ever there was information the securities industry didn't want you to have, this is it.

29 Hot Mutual Funds to Replace Your Losers

If your end-of-year portfolio rebalancing has you looking for some better mutual funds to reallocate assets into, Standard and Poor's Equity Research wants to help: It has released its first-ever list of Mutual Fund Excellence Award winners -- consistent performers across a range of categories.

For Investors, Defense Isn't Always the Best Offense

The market's recent volatility might make defensive investing seem appealing. But S&P Equity Research analysts caution that focusing too much on defensive sectors could have negative repercussions as well. Here's how to play smarter defense.

How to Play Defense in a Volatile Market

Equity investors have ample reason to be frustrated these days. The S&P 500 has hovered around 1,080 since mid-May, but it hasn't been a quiet ride. Oliver Pursche, president of Gary Goldberg Financial Services, talks about how you can smooth out the bumps of short-term volatility.

Hedge Your Risk With Mixed-Asset Mutual Funds

With stocks underperforming so far in 2010, and Treasury bond yields low, too, Standard & Poor's Equity Research suggests investing in mixed-asset mutual funds, which hold a combination of stocks and bonds to capture the strengths of both asset classes with less volatility.

10 Signs Your 401(k) Plan Is a Clunker

Does your 401(k) plan provide investment advice? Probably not. Is the plan adviser a "real" fiduciary? Doubtful. Find out what the investment industry would probably prefer you didn't know about your 401(k)plan.

Why New 401(k) Fee Disclosures Fall Short

The Labor Department's new regulations don't deal with the core problems of this broken system. Disclosing revenue-sharing payments for mutual funds in retirement plans isn't nearly enough. They should be prohibited altogether.