The Future’s Still Bright for College Grads

Is college worth it? It’s not an uncommon question these days, especially with soaring college costs, ballooning student debt levels and higher unemployment. But research shows that pursuing a college degree can result in far more than just a diploma.

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Six Principles for Smart Tax Management

It is well known that taxes began to take a bigger bite out of income for the well-off in 2013. Top marginal tax rates rose, and some exemptions and deductions were phased out. What is less well known is that investors spending from their portfolios—even those investors whose tax rates didn’t rise—may be facing higher [...]

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Start Saving for College Now, or Pay Much More Later

The price tag for attending college 18 years from now is projected to be considerably higher than it is today—up to hundreds of thousands of dollars higher for a four-year degree. But using a tax-favored strategy to save for college can help make the costs of future educational expenses less daunting.

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Security Check for Equity Declines

Sharon Fay (pictured) and Kent Hargis Protecting against stock-market declines is a top priority for many investors. But with lower-volatility stocks looking expensive today, will they get the job done if equities fall from new peaks?

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Sovereigns Look Seductive in Europe’s Periphery

Jorgen Kjaersgaard (pictured) and John Taylor Investment-grade bonds issued by nonfinancial firms in Europe’s peripheral countries have had a great run but now look expensive. In our view, government bonds from the likes of Spain and Italy offer better value for investors who want peripheral exposure.

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CAPE Fears Miss the Point

With the recent wobbles in the market, scary headlines about stock bubbles are back in the spotlight. We think all this foreboding overlooks an important point: In today’s low-return world, where better than stocks to put your money?

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The New Logic of M&A

There seems to be a new calculus at work in the recent rash of takeovers, as investors set aside their usual wariness of deals and dealmakers for the promise of growth these combinations may bring. We think it’s a good reason to stick with stocks.

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New Dawn for Peripheral Europe?

Darren Williams (pictured) and Dennis Shen When Mario Draghi pledged to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro in July 2012, nobody expected things to change so quickly. Peripheral bond markets have since turned around sharply, supporting the European economic recovery. But can the improvements be sustained after countries exit their bailouts?

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Bank Loans: Is the Yield Worth the Chase?

Investors who rush into high-yield bank loans seeking competitive returns might find the yield they chase is hardly worth the pursuit. Loan yields—currently quoted at about 5%—seem attractive at first blush, but we think there’s a lot less here than meets the eye.

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Asian Currencies to Stay Calm at Center of EM Storm

Emerging markets have fallen from favor, but does that mean investors should avoid them entirely? We don’t think so.

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