Global markets have declined and some investors are bailing out to avoid further pain. But not all is lost.
Forget celebrating the recently announced bipartisan pact. Taper fears are on the rise.
Here are some thoughts on why, and what to do about it.
This fund weights by fundamentals and dividends rather than market cap.
Dovish comments from Ben Bernanke boost global markets, especially emerging economies and materials stocks.
Americans bailed out of domestic stocks at just the wrong time, plowing recklessly into emerging markets in a vain pursuit of faster growth.
Headlines pin recent volatility on fears of less stimulus from the Federal Reserve. But the deeper driver is what was responsible for the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
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Improving the US's technological infrastructure would be a costly undertaking, but government regulation could help boost connection speeds and competition.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
Even when they have a plan for their refund check from Uncle Sam, Americans often don't realize how they actually spend the windfall.
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