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Have an employee stock purchase plan? Beware the risks

Fertnig | E+ | Getty Images When Aaron Shapiro dug through the workplace benefits his mother was entitled to as a 30-year employee at United Healthcare, he noticed a big missed opportunity. The health insurer’s employee stock purchase plan gave her the ability to buy shares at a 15% discount …

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Illinois Tool Works could be the best way to play an industrial boom

Industrials are getting a spark as the U.S. and China make progress in trade talks. The XLI industrials ETF ended Friday 2% higher, less than 4% from recent highs. This could be the beginning of a bigger boom, says Piper Jaffray chief market technician Craig Johnson. “We like the industrials,” …

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Charts flash bullish sign for homebuilders, technical analyst says

Home construction stocks are building big gains. The ITB home construction ETF hit its highest level since January 2018 on Friday, and has soared more than 50% from its December bottom. Craig Johnson, chief market technician at Piper Jaffray, thinks there could be even more room to run for the group. …

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Singapore releases third-quarter GDP data, monetary policy statement

Gantry cranes stand at the Port of Singapore in Singapore, on Friday, July 12, 2019. Ore Huiying | Bloomberg | Getty Images Singapore’s economy — often seen as a bellwether for global growth — avoided a technical recession after growing by 0.6% in the third quarter, compared to the previous …

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Investors flock to money markets at highest rate since the crisis

Investors are flocking to the relative safety of money market funds at the highest level since the financial crisis-era collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The industry has pulled in $322 billion over the past six months, the fastest pace since the second half of 2008, bringing assets to nearly …

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Trump says the Fed should cut rates anyway even though US and China have agreed to trade deal

US President Donald Trump speaks after announcing and initial deal with China while meeting the special Envoy and Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Liu He at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on October 11, 2019. Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Images …

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These stocks could be the biggest winners if the US completes this phased trade deal with China

US President Donald Trump shows a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping as he announces and initial deal with China while meeting the special Envoy and Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Liu He Special Envoy and Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Liu He at …

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I saved $300,000 by 26—doing these 5 weird things helped me save money

When it comes to growing your savings, there are a handful of traditional ways to do it, such as investing in the stock market or in your 401(k). And then there are the more creative strategies, such as dumpster diving, couch surfing for a few months or buying and selling …

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Many Americans are still struggling from the Great Recession

Pedestrians pass in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images The Great Recession has officially been over for a decade. For many Americans, there’s little reason to celebrate. Many people’s finances haven’t recovered from the recession’s blows, according to a survey by personal …

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To get in to a top college, your character matters, too

Steve Shepard | Getty Images Most people consider getting in to college a numbers game. However, in the wake of last year’s college admissions scandal, which underscored how much pressure parents and students feel to be accepted into elite universities, admissions directors are quietly turning their attention to something besides …

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