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6 Odd Investments That Are Beating The Stock Market (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Irregular times call for irregular investment strategies. Jeff Middleswart might be a poster boy for outside-the-box investing during the current d...

Small Investors and the Implications of the Financial Reform Bill

Irene Aldridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Irene Aldridge

While traditional brokers blame the investor exodus from the markets on the latest technological innovations, many investors have taken out their cash out of stocks for more prosaic reasons.

How Profitable Are High-Frequency Strategies?

Irene Aldridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Irene Aldridge

High frequency trading has been taking Wall Street by storm, and colloquial evidence suggests that a majority of high-frequency managers delivered positive returns through the most recent financial crises.

An Entrepreneur Speaks: No Impact of Tax Rate Increases on New Business Investment. None. Zero. Nada.

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Let me be clear. I have a syndrome that, every April 15th, causes the muscles of my right hand to cramp. I would like to pay lower taxes, but I do not want to see people out of work, or denied healthcare.

Who's Responsible for the Oil Spill in the Gulf...You? A Case for Socially Responsible Investing

Darron Stover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Darron Stover

Do you know what's in your portfolio? Are you aware of and comfortable with the ethical standards employed by the companies you've invested in?

Health: American Return on Investment

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Al only gave me a day before he called back. "So what's the scoop on health care? Are Americans the best or the worst off? All this noise about the n...

Should Lawmakers Be Allowed To Invest In The Industries They Regulate?

washingtonpost.com | Robert O'Harrow Jr. And Dan Keating | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rep. Ron Paul is captivated by gold. Over the past two decades, he has written books about the virtues of gold-backed currency. He has made uncounted ...

This Index Fund Can Clobber Your Returns

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Recently, I reviewed the investment options available in a mid-size 401(k) plan. There was one index fund in the mix, which the plan administrator proudly pointed out to me. It was the Dreyfus S&P 500 Index Fund.

A Carbon Price Is a Bet America Needs to Make

Joshua Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joshua Freed

The same opportunities that are driving China to price carbon are there for the United States. There's broad consensus that a carbon price will spur the creation of new jobs in clean energy industries and supporting sectors.

Canada Offers More than Olympic Gold

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Every penny counts when times are tough and now is a good time for U.S. investors to look north for market out performance. These two charts help explain why.

Rethinking Beijing's Financial Options

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric C. Anderson

If the economists are correct, China owns about 9% of our total national debt. Contrary to popular opinion, Beijing could sell that debt with few long-term consequences for China's economy.

Looting Real Estate Booty

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lita Smith-Mines

Investors should be part of the give and take of a robust real estate market, not pirates banking on the misery of a seller's desperate situation.

Has Warren Gone Off the Rails?

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

Warren Buffett is investing $32 billion in Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the nation's 2nd largest railroad. At first blush, this is radically counter-intuitive. A railroad? Isn't that hopelessly brick-and-mortar?

Americans' Net Worth Up For 2nd Straight Quarter

AP | DANIEL WAGNER and DAVE CARPENTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Inch by inch, Americans are recovering some of their vast loss of wealth from the recession, thanks to gains in stock investments a...

The Big Secret Wealthy Investors Don't Want You to Know

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Wealthy investors can be enticed to buy "alternative investments" like hedge funds and private equity deals. How is that working for them? Not well.

The American People: Smarter Than They Look on TV

Eric Lotke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Lotke

If we ask the right questions or push in the right direction, the American people might come with us. Long range investments. It's work but we can get there.

To Obama in China: Don't Shy Away From Sudan, Congo

John Prendergast | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Prendergast

President Obama needs to publicly engage in the challenges threatening Sudan and Congo, and not doing so with key player China would be an opportunity missed.

Reviving Confidence in the American Economy: China, Investment and the Deficit Hawks

Rob Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Johnson

The retrenchment of the American consumer blows a chill wind over the sentiments of consumers and business investment. Only the Obama administration's fiscal stimulus resists the decline of demand.

It's Time to Teach Children About Money

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I'm convinced that most of the mistakes made handling money result from lack of information and bad habits formed in childhood.

Ecopreneur: An Innovative Way to Attract Investors in a Recession

Kristin Boekhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kristin Boekhoff

I don't have to convince the Bangladeshis of the potential of their country. They are keen to change the world's negative perception of Bangladesh; a high-profile, luxury eco resort could do just that.

From Fast Food Nation to Pro Food Ventures

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Smart

Early pioneers of the sustainable food movement, with dirt on their hands, lessons learned and progress made, have played a critical role in blazing trails for new ventures.

If You Want Sales, Don't Discount Marketing

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

You don't need to be an economic scholar to understand the basics of supply and demand. If a consumer product falls in the retail forest and no one cares, the register won't make a sound.

Social Investing (Finally) Grows Up

Marc Gunther | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Gunther

The idea here is that Calvert will buy stock in imperfect companies (a category that includes every company I know) and then push them to do better.

Pro Food: Slow Food with an Entrepreneurial Twist

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

Pro Food stands apart in its efforts to revitalize the entrepreneurial side of the American food system, with the express purpose of reestablishing the link between food and source, bringing together eaters and farmers in new, innovative ways.

Sustainable Food Ripe for Entrepreneurs to Drive Forward

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rob Smart

While perhaps it's not "broken," America's industrial food system has developed side effects that are accelerating in severity; diet-related health and environmental issues can no longer be ignored.