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The Dangerous Problem Behind ETFs' Big Asset Surge

Thanks to their lower fees, most ETFs do better for investors than similar mutual funds, and investors have noticed: They poured $154 billion into ETFs in 2012, while yanking more than $119 billion out of stock mutual funds. Just one problem: Most of that money went into the wrong kind of ETFs.

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.

Are Investors Fleeing to Apple for Safety?

It looks like Apple stock is one of the places skittish investors are moving money ahead of a potential U.S. debt default -- at least based on its share price. Apple's shares have risen 2% in the last week as the S&P has lost nearly 3% of its value.

Should You Join the Crowd Piling Into Gold?

Thanks to the Greek debt crisis and other economic shocks, investors have been rushing into gold all year. Is this just a herd mentality at work, or is it a wise assessment of the economic road that lies ahead?

Stocks With Safe Yield Can Comfort Investors

The weakening stock market has investors fleeing for safe havens, like bonds. But some companies have a lot of cash, high operating margins and stocks with high yields -- far better ones than most bonds currently.

Investors Racing to Safety in Treasurys Could Get Burned

Investors spooked by deflation and a possible double dip could be adding much more risk in buying Treasurys at current prices than they realize. Clear evidence of collapsing prices is scant. And some shrewd investors have been exiting Treasurys even as others stream in.

Gold Coins vs. Gold Cons: Investors Beware

With fear about the future and mistrust of government on the rise, more investors are considering putting their savings into gold. But they should tread with caution: Gold bugs pitch the precious metal as a safe economic hedge, but the sellers' shenanigans could cost you a bundle.