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Why Defensive Stocks Aren’t Safe Anymore

Nervous investors should think twice before diving into so-called defensive stocks, especially those securities with high dividends. You might end up putting more risk into your portfolio than you realize. Stocks that have less volatility than the overall market and pay higher dividends than most other stocks are...
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Market Wrap: Stocks Surge on Strong U.S. Jobs Data

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rallied Friday, giving the S&P 500 its biggest gain since early September, as employment data suggested the economy was strong enough to sustain a Federal Reserve rate hike this month. Financials, which benefit from higher borrowing costs, led the rally. The S&P financial...
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3 Consumer Stocks to Covet in 2016

Describing 2015’s stock market returns is like offering up reactions to toast with butter. [Meh. Yawn.] While 2015 had some cringeworthy moments — like when China’s market took a dive this summer — for the most part, stocks are ending the year close to where they began, showing...
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3 Risks of Investing in Annuities

Investing can be scary, especially in the short term. When you retire, it’s hard to watch the value of your lifetime of savings fluctuate as financial markets bounce up and down. Fear is a powerful sales tool. Immediate annuities are an insurance product that prevents you from losing...
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