With the most recent rise in postal rates, holders of Forevers saw their "portfolios" jump by 6.5% overnight.
FORTUNE -- In these days of manic-depressive financial markets, it's nice to be able to put your money into something that isn't designed to make you rich, but that at least is pretty much guaranteed to always rise in value. And that, on occasion, can post a nice tax-free gain -- most recently, MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 31, 2014 5:00 AM ET
The online retailer has pitched the idea that it doesn't matter what it earns right now. That's led to a lot of guesswork and differing opinions.Stephen Gandel, senior editor - Jan 30, 2014 5:00 AM ET
If the investment bank was beaten by Washington, it didn't lose by much.
FORTUNE -- Goldman Sachs' announcement last week that its fourth-quarter earnings fell 19% from a year ago was greeted as a watershed moment.
New York magazine suggested Goldman (GS) bankers switch from Dom to André. The New York Times called Goldman wary, with a key unit in continued decline and facing uncertain regulations. Politico took the occasion to MOREStephen Gandel, senior editor - Jan 21, 2014 12:57 PM ET
Know your risk tolerance and threshold for pain.
By Jean Chatzky
FORTUNE -- Alison Levine is tougher than she looks. At 5'4", 110 lbs, she's not the person you'd pull out of a crowd if you were looking for someone who's tackled the so-called Adventure Grand Slam, which consists of climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents as well as skiing to both the North and South Poles. Investing -- MOREJan 21, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Buyer beware. A single year in which stocks soared and bonds tanked can throw the long-term numbers way out of whack.
FORTUNE -- Today let's have some fun with numbers. The kind that investors rely on. Which turn out to be the kind that can be skewed by their start or end dates, and that can skewer your investment portfolio if you follow them blindly.
Let's start with a key number, the MOREAllan Sloan, senior editor-at-large - Jan 15, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Already at record levels, corporate profits aren't likely to boost the S&P 500.Shawn Tully, senior editor-at-large - Jan 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET
Markets should welcome the end of the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
By Sanjay Sanghoee
FORTUNE -- The U.S. Federal Reserve is one of the most powerful bodies on the planet today, able to shake global markets with the force of a single word: taper. Analysts shudder, investors wail, bond yields spike, and stocks collapse whenever the mere possibility of a taper arises. And yet, the fear that the world will end if MOREDec 17, 2013 9:01 AM ET
Will tapering be a "sell the news" moment for 10-year yields? The pundits don't seem to agree.
By Daryl Jones, Hedgeye
FORTUNE -- Like many Americans nowadays, I tend to tune out much of the mainstream media, but I did catch myself watching a little CNBC recently. Interestingly, it made me realize that the buy side, sell side, and media are arguing with many of the same platitudes on the topic MOREDec 12, 2013 9:08 AM ET
So far, emerging markets investors have shrugged off protests in the Ukraine and Thailand, but they do so at their own peril.
By Cyrus Sanati
FORTUNE -- The eruption of popular protests in Thailand and Ukraine over the weekend shouldn't be taken so lightly by emerging markets investors. The two seemingly unrelated disturbances both revolve around deep-seated and unresolved political issues, which have been simmering for years. Should either of them MOREDec 10, 2013 11:58 AM ET
Over the past 10 years or so, trading has become dizzyingly complex and frenetic. So how have investors fared? Surprisingly well.
By Lauren Silva Laughlin; graphics Nicolas Rapp
FORTUNE -- Once upon a time, an ordinary investor -- call him Joe -- would take some of his retirement savings and put it into a giant brand-name mutual fund that advertised in the Sunday paper. The fund would take that money and MOREDec 5, 2013 6:52 AM ET
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