Month: October 2017

If you asked most businesses that sponsor a 401(k) plan whether they are obeying their fiduciary duties, they would likely respond in the affirmative. They have a brokerage firm, bank or insurance company that provides a list of options to invest in that includes bonds, hybrid options, stock-based investments, as well as a stable value
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The scariest thing about Halloween may be the unintentional expenses. Between costumes, decorations and, of course, candy, the average American will be shelling out $169.81, according to a recent poll by LendEDU. Costume purchases made up almost half of that, with partygoers spending just over $70 on their disguises, LendEDU said. More than $60 will
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Mastercard on Tuesday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ expectations. Here’s how the company did compared with what Wall Street expected: EPS: $1.34 vs. $1.23 expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters. Revenue: $3.4 billion vs. $3.28 billion expected in the Thomson Reuters survey. Share prices rose 1.8 percent in the premarket after
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There are an estimated 11.2 million widowed individuals across the nation, according to the U.S. census, most of them women. Those who are affluent often initially face one of two financial challenges: having too little cash or too much. The most common issue in having too little cash is lack of immediate access. Perhaps most
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Pfizer quarterly profit beat market estimates, partly helped by higher-than-expected sales of its blockbuster pneumonia vaccine Prevnar, and the company also raised its full-year earnings forecast. Shares of the largest U.S. drugmaker were up marginally at $35.24 in premarket trading on Tuesday. Pfizer sold $1.52 billion worth of Prevnar in the third quarter, down nearly
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North Korea probably stole South Korean warship blueprints after hacking into Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co Ltd’s database in April last year, a South Korean opposition lawmaker said on Tuesday. North Korea has often been implicated in cyber attacks in South Korea and elsewhere but Pyongyang has either ignored or denied accusations of hacking.
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As sports retailers like Under Armour fall under pressure from the brick-and-mortar slowdown, Columbia Sportswear’s President and CEO Tim Boyle told CNBC that his company’s key to success has come from standing out. “Nobody needs another brand of footwear or apparel. Regardless of how impactful our products are, it’s about being different and it’s about
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Add online brokerage accounts to the list of things that can be hacked for gain. A Pennsylvania resident describing himself as a day trader piggybacked off trades made in hacked brokerage accounts to generate $700,000 of illicit profit, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and the Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday. Joseph Willner faces charges of
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In 2001, Seattle-based Brooks Running made a strategic decision to focus on only one category within sports retail, and the company never looked back, according to Chief Executive Jim Weber. That category was running. For the latest quarter, Brooks reported double-digit revenue growth, boosted by sales of the company’s shoes for avid runners, including Brooks’
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Commercial airliners have advanced autopilot systems that fly the plane for most of its time off the ground. But most planes still need a pilot for takeoffs, landings, flying through extreme turbulence and for directing and monitoring the autopilot system throughout the flight. Similarly, shareholder yield-oriented portfolios can be managed with very low turnover because
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An online investment platform that allows Chinese investors to access a number of “alternative” U.S. investments officially launched Monday. Financial technology firm MarketX lets upper-middle class and institution Chinese investors to invest in tech firms that have not yet issued shares to the general public. These include such notable names as ride-hailing giant Lyft, music
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If you’ve recently graduated and skated through the summer without too much thought about your student loan debt, the jig is up. Seven in 10 seniors graduate with debt, owing over $34,000, on average, according to a recent report by Experian. However, the majority of borrowers, 56 percent, don’t know the interest rate on their
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About half of retirees don’t need to worry about the taxation of Social Security benefits because their income is too low, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But those with more income could have a portion of their Social Security taxed as they pass certain thresholds. Social Security isn’t taxed when provisional income is less
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