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Market Moves Large-cap stocks held their ground while small-cap stocks retreated a bit in mixed trading to end the week. Investors signaled that they remain bullish despite a tepid reaction to news of a trade deal. The S&P 500 (SPX), the Nasdaq 100 (NDX), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJX) all closed a whisker-width
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Millions of American workers save a portion of their earnings in employer-sponsored retirement plans such as a 401(k), 403(b), or 457. But there are several lesser-known plans that are designed for government and non-profit employees and for highly compensated executives. Below are five less-common retirement plans, the type of employees for which they are designed,
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What Is the Best Way to Advise Non-US Citizens on Their Social Security Benefits? Advising clients on Social Security issues is complicated enough. With the added complexity of a non-US citizen as a client, the advice you give as a financial advisor must be even more specific. Financial advisors are serving a growing number of
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Having auto insurance is a necessary part of the job for Uber and Lyft drivers. In the past, expensive commercial-driver insurance policies were the only option to ensure complete coverage. Now, insurance companies have expanded the scope of their offerings and introduced insurance policies that specifically meet the needs of this niche market.  If you
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The Trio of 5-Year Rules One of the much-touted boons of the Roth IRA is your free—at least, relative to other retirement accounts—ability to withdraw funds from it when you wish and at the rate you wish. Ah, but when it comes to tax-advantaged vehicles, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) never makes anything simple. True,
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Apple Pay is a mobile payment system that was in use by close to 400 million people around the world as of the end of 2018. Its growth rate can truly be described as explosive, since its reach was about 127 million only one year earlier, according to Statista.com. Key Takeaways Apple Pay is certainly
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The premier stochastic oscillator (PSO) is a technical indicator based on George Lane’s stochastic oscillator. The PSO differs in that it is normalized to register neutral values at zero, resulting in greater sensitivity to recent, short-term price moves. Additionally, the PSO is calculated using a double exponential moving average that creates a smoother and more
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Market Moves Stocks closed slightly higher today among large-cap stock indexes. The S&P 500 (SPX), the Nasdaq 100 (NDX), and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJX) all lifted toward new highs after the Fed decision left rates unchanged today. The Russell 2000 (RUT) small-cap index was slightly below yesterday’s change, and the Russell Microcap index
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Operating income and revenue are important metrics that both show the money made by a company. However, the two numbers are different ways of expressing a company’s earnings, and they have different deductions and credits involved in their calculations, Nevertheless, both revenue and operating income are essential in analyzing whether a company is performing well. key takeaways Revenue is
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Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Wednesday that
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AutoZone, Inc. (AZO) shares rose nearly 7% during Tuesday’s session after the company reported better-than-expected first quarter financial results. The stock has more than doubled since July 2017, and CEO William Rhodes believes that the company will see sales growth moving forward at a rate that is higher than historical levels. Revenue rose 5.7% to
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Insurance is such a presence in our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine a time without it. But throughout much of our colonial period, that’s just what Americans did. Insurance arrived on the American landscape just about the same time the idea of a single nation—the United States—began to form, and it was ushered
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A 401(k) plan is one of the most valuable investment vehicles for retirement planning. Individual 401(k) plans are typically sponsored by an employer and are a part of employee benefit programs. Large companies often set up 401(k) vehicles to help employees plan for retirement and offer employer-matched payments in addition to the salaries they provide.
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Market Moves Stocks closed higher in response to a surprisingly strong result in the Non-Farm Payroll report. The monthly data point drove broad market indexes 1% higher on the day and brought them near to last month’s historic highs. The S&P 500 (SPX) closed 0.9% higher, while the Nasdaq 100 (NDX), Dow Jones Industrial Average
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Warren Buffett is undeniably the most closely watched, highest-profile investor in modern history. After all, no one boasts a superior track record of outperforming the S&P 500 Index, than he. Not surprisingly, investors relentlessly clamor to match his success by analyzing his portfolio, hoping to absorb even a tiny morsel of Buffett’s investment genius. Despite
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Market Moves Stocks closed slightly higher in a trading session that featured slightly more selling than buying. The S&P 500 (SPX) and Nasdaq 100 (NDX) closed with a two-tenths percent increase, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJX) and the Russell 2000 (RUT) managed half that amount. These lackluster moves are a bit surprising considering
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