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These 3 alternative income streams may boost portfolio returns

As traditional income strategies, like bonds and dividend stocks, got challenged by the pandemic, some investors turned to pass-through securities in search of income. Here's what you need to know. video content

7:00 a.m. April 14, 2021
S&P 500 closes above 4,000 for first time to cap holiday-shortened week

The S&P 500 finished above the 4,000 milestone for the first time Thurday as stocks kicked off April with a rally, building on first-quarter gains a day after President Joe Biden unveiled his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. Thursday was the final trading session of the week, with U.S. equity markets closed for Good Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose around 173 points, or 0.5%, to close near 33,155, according to preliminary figures, while the S&P 500 advanced around 47 points, or 1.7%, to end near 4,020. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite left the other major benchmarks behind, jumping around 233 points, or 1.8%, to end near 13,480.

4:03 p.m. April 1, 2021
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How Biden's infrastructure plan could affect muni bonds

President Biden announced an ambitious infrastructure spending plan worth more than $2 trillion. Here's what this means for investors in the municipal market. video content

10:16 a.m. Today
Is this the key to cheaper EVs? Here's how recycling will play a role

Some predict 115 million electric vehicles will be on the road by 2030. Recycling batteries could be the solution to meeting that demand in a sustainable and more cost effective way. video content

7:00 a.m. Today
Black millennials are closing the investment gap in the U.S.

Young Black Americans became first-time investors in 2020. According to an Ariel Investment and Charles Schwab survey, Black Americans invested in the stock market 3 times more than white Americans last year. video content

7:00 a.m. May 3, 2021
How the pandemic changed investing habits for different generations

The economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed consumer's strategies for spending, savings, and investing. Here's what to know. video content

7:00 a.m. April 22, 2021

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Chicago fund manager and philanthropist Richard Driehaus is dead at 78

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Legendary Chicago investment and fund manager Richard Driehaus died late Tuesday of natural causes at 78, his firm, Driehaus Capital Management, announced Wednesday. Crain's Chicago Business reported that he'd suffered a brain hemorrhage. He was as well-known locally for philanthropy and historical preservation as for financial acumen. DePaul University's undergraduate business college bears his name, as does a prize for traditional and classicist architecture awarded by the University of Notre Dame. His boutique management firm, with $13.2 billion under management at the end of February, operates from a cluster of meticulously restored properties in the River North section of Chicago, a short walk from his restored Gold Coast mansion. "Richard led a life of zest and intellectual curiosity. His path and personal story were larger than life, and the impact he made as an investor is perhaps only rivaled by the extensive legacy he left as a philanthropist," said Driehaus CEO Steve Weber, in a statement. In 2000, he was identified by Barron's as one of 25 individuals who had been most influential in the mutual-fund business over the prior century.

7:55 p.m. March 10, 2021
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Bonds »

Brookfield to hand back keys to three malls, potentially more, as it goes private in $6.5 billion deal

Brookfield Property Partners is giving lenders back the keys to three struggling malls, with the possibility of more, as the Canadian asset manager takes its giant property arm private.

10:34 a.m. May 1, 2021
Bond traders betting on hotels or shopping malls now have Big Data at hand

Debt investors looking to bet on a recovery, or decline, of a specific hotel property or cluster of shopping malls now can get foot traffic data with bond pricing information.

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Currencies »

CME to close most of its Chicago trading pits permanently

The exchange operator CME Group CME said it would permanently close most of its open-outcry trading pits in Chicago, ending one of the world’s last vestiges of old-fashioned floor trading.

9:11 a.m. Today
Gold prices finish lower as Yellen suggests a potential rise in U.S. interest rates

Gold prices finish lower on Tuesday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen suggested that interest rates may need to rise to keep the economy from overheating.

2:09 p.m. May 4, 2021
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Commodities »

Fed’s Rosengren says higher inflation will be as temporary as last year’s toilet-paper shortage

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said Wednesday that higher U.S. inflation over the next few months should be temporary -- just as the shortage of toilet paper last year

5:10 p.m. Today
Booking revenue cut in half as COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel industry

Booking Holdings Inc. continued to struggle with the decline of the travel industry in the first three months of 2021, as revenue was cut in half from a year ago.

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