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Men of Steel: How Retail Investors Saved the Muni Market

John Bagley | Posted 09.22.2013 | Business
John Bagley

Everyone knows that retail investors play a major role in the municipal bond market. But the power of retail investors to turn the tide in munis was never before as evident as it was last month.

How To Get Pro Athletes To Invest In Your Company

CNBC | Jeanine Ibrahim | Posted 07.18.2013 | Small Business

CNBC A great idea doesn't cost a thing, but parlaying it into a successful business doesn't come cheap. Whether they need $5,000 or $500,000 to bui...

Camryn Manheim On 'The Hot Flashes' And Film Roles For Women

Greg Archer | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Photo: Courtesy of Anonymous Content If you tossed Bridesmaids and Steel Magnolias onto a basketball court and blew a whistle, it would look someth...

Is India Heading Towards the Best Decade For Investors?

Sreedhar Pillai | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Sreedhar Pillai

For 1.3 billion people of India, corruption is a way of life and something they can't live without. Paying a few bucks to get a rail ticket or cooking gas or college admission for a child is taken for granted, which the most agitated anti-corruption protestor can't deny not having ever done.

Slick Tricks to Separate You From Your Money

Dan Solin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

If these all-star managers can't pick stocks or time the market, Wall Street is concerned you might figure out that your local broker doesn't have much of a chance of doing so either.

Entrepreneurs: 5 Moves To Master The Mundane

Fahad Hassan | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Fahad Hassan

Yeah, I'm at home watching golf in my mom's basement waiting for the Papa John's delivery guy to bring me my lunch. Most days at a start-up may actually seem kind of boring to someone who only read's about the billion dollar exits in Silicon Valley.

Stretching for Yield Can Be Perilous

Michael Farr | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

There is no doubt that "defensive" equities have increasingly become substitutes for bonds, especially for yield-starved investors. However, we are now seeing that there is danger in taking this approach to the extreme.

Shareholders Pressure McDonald's to Report Human Rights Impacts

Margaret Jungk | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Margaret Jungk

Whenever I talk to businesses, they tell me that identifying and reporting their human rights impacts is hard. It sure is. But so is serving millions of hamburgers every day. I like to think that sometime in the future, companies won't be able to do the latter without the former.

Equity Crowdfunding: Next Generation of Angel Investors Is Not Sorry to Disrupt

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

Nikola Tesla wrote once, "The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine." I can see this being quoted by any supporter of equi...

Gorging on Apples

Michael Farr | Posted 05.02.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

The appetite of the fixed income investor is voracious. Apple was the course of the day with the largest issuance of corporate bonds in the history of our republic for $17 billion.

The Role of Governments in Social Innovation

Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui

I do not believe that government should lower risks for investors -- such structures create perverse incentives. But what governments can do is improve investors' potential returns.

An Open Letter to Christine Marcks, President of Prudential Retirement

Dan Solin | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

Now that you can no longer deny knowledge of the credible research, as a responsible corporate citizen, what are you going to do with this data?

What Alyce Laviolette Can Teach You About Investing

Dan Solin | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

I believe Ms. Laviolette failed as an expert witness because of her confirmation bias, which seemed apparent to the jury. You should not fail as an investor for the same reason.

Your Choice: Jim Cramer or William F. Sharpe

Dan Solin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

It's your choice. You can follow the bloviating hype of Cramer or the sound research of William F. Sharpe and many others. Which do you think is really "the best of the best"?

Women Entrepreneurs: Pitch Your Idea

Ivo Lukas | Posted 06.09.2013 | Business
Ivo Lukas

whether you are men or women, you must do your due diligence in understanding your product and services. Only then can you know how your VCs/audience will see or react to your pitch, and you can effectively make persuasive arguments to cater to them.

The Obama Charm Offense for User Friendly Home Loans

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

If the Obama charm offense works on the home lending industry, then more buyers -- either it be first-time home owners or small investors, come off the sidelines and will start to buy.

Early Stage Funding? More Like Fun-'dying'

Anastasia Roumelioti | Posted 06.08.2013 | Small Business
Anastasia Roumelioti

I started my company a few months ago and I have always been on guard for potential funding that would help me grow it faster. At the very early stage...

Cautiously Bullish

Michael Farr | Posted 04.04.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

As we have suggested many times over the past several months and years, stocks are increasingly viewed as a more attractive investment versus bonds. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it is not necessarily an indicator of continued strength either.

Would You Invest in a Company That Contributes to Iran's Quest for a Nuclear Bomb?

Gary Emmanuel | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Gary Emmanuel

No longer is financial performance the only metric by which a company is to be measured. Relevant in the mix of information when making an investment decision is the extent to which a company exhibits social responsibility.

U.S. Stocks Little Changed After Lawmakers Reject Cyprus Bailout Terms

AP | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are taking the latest turn in Europe's financial drama in stride. U.S. stocks recovered most of an early lo...

Fighters vs. Arms Dealers

Andrew_Yang | Posted 05.14.2013 | Small Business
Andrew_Yang

One reason the finance business is always busy is that it functions much like the arms dealer. You don't need to figure out precisely who's going to win or lose. Some fail, some succeed. If they succeed, they wind up building an army that's accomplishing something.

Are AGMs Destined for the Scrap Heap?

Alex Malley | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
Alex Malley

An anachronism from a pre-Internet era, or still the most potent platform to engage investors; opinion is divided over the future of the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and it's not difficult to see why.

Stocks May Be Your Least-Bad Option

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.19.2013 | Business

Science has determined that people need to know 7.5 things per day, on average, about the world of business. You can't argue with science. Lucky for y...

When Should You Sell Your Start-up?

Mark MacLeod | Posted 04.10.2013 | Small Business
Mark MacLeod

How do you reach a decision that works for everyone? How do you "know" if now is the right time to sell?

A Terrible Year... Except for Investors

Dan Solin | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

The prospect of going over the fiscal cliff cast an additional pall on the markets, with many investors "fleeing to safety" until "things settle down." I am unaware of any stock market gurus who predicted all of these events, but what if they had?