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How to Use Money Market Funds to Shield Your 401(k) from a Crash

American workers with 401(k) plans are right to dread a stock market crash that would wipe out a big chunk of their hard-earned balances.

But instead of living in fear, it's possible to do something about it – thanks to the option of money market funds, which almost every 401(k) plan offers.

And the best part is, reallocating 401(k) investments to a money market fund couldn't be any easier.

Here’s how to get started…

Precious Metals

Turn the Tables on the Market Manipulators

In theory, we have free markets, where manipulation is illegal and punishable.

We've found that's not often the case in the financial markets.

Unfortunately, this web of "disruptive practices" and "market rigging" is not likely to change any time soon.

Despite a government "crackdown" on illegalities that occasionally makes the headlines.

The problem may be especially manifest in the futures market.

But you don't have to be a victim...

Earnings

Merck (MRK) Shares Rise, Pfizer (PFE) Stock Slumps on Mixed Earnings

Two American pharmaceutical giants reported earnings this morning, both showing flagging sales – but one ended the day with a gain.

And amid a busy M&A year for the healthcare sector, both PFE and MRK grabbed headlines on potential big ticket deals, although for different reasons….

Money Markets

$900 Billion in Capital Is About to Move

Six years after the financial crisis, the SEC finally concluded a four-year battle with financial industry lobbyists to toughen regulations governing money market funds. Readers may remember that a run at the $62.5 billion Reserve Primary Fund during the 2008 financial crisis brought the multi-trillion money market industry to a standstill. And it required federal […]

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Stock Market Today

GSK, YHOO, DE, and NFLX Are Today's Pre-Market Movers

Premarket movers today, May 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to a new closing record on Tuesday of 16,715.44. The S&P 500 hit a record intraday high, touching over 1,900 for the first time ever.

Here’s what to know about the stock market today to make your Wednesday profitable:

Stock Market

Don’t "Sell in May and Go Away"

The old saying "Sell in May and go away" comes from poor market performance from May – Nov. The Dow typically underperforms in those months compared to the winter season.

But lately, that hasn't been the case.

Not so fast…

Top News

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) Earnings Preview: Whether a Hit or a Miss, Don't Buy

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Thursday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) will report fourth-quarter earnings before opening bell. A challenging retail environment and recent restructuring are likely to keep Wal-Mart from beating – or even meeting – expectations.

That's just one reason investors should steer clear of Wal-Mart stock.

The retail superstore has missed Wall Street expectations in three of the last eight quarters and averages a 1% stock loss in the week following earnings.

This time around, it is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings per share (EPS) of $1.37 on revenue of $130.55 billion, compared with a profit of $1.67 per share on revenue of $127.92 billion in the same quarter a year ago.

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Top News

Has a Stock Market Correction Started?

This week's bearish numbers have some investors claiming a stock market correction has begun.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 0.52%, or 85 points, this week through market close on Wednesday and is on track for more significant losses today (Thursday) – around 225 points (1.18%) so far.

But Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson points to one big reason that's making him optimistic this is not correction territory. Watch this interview from his appearance today on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." to find out this bullish signal:

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Stock Market Today

Your 2014 Investment Watch List

It's been a great year for the U.S. stock market. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index is up about 25%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 23%.

And Money Morning's gurus have done even better than that for their subscribers this year…

Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald decoded an 80% gain for readers of his Money Map Report with an insurance company that pays out a super dividend.

This is where serious investors will want to begin their year...

Stock Market Today

Stock Market News Today: These Retailers Down Amid Poor Q3 Earnings

Stock Market News Today, Nov. 21: U.S. stocks are continuing to rally today as the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 4.22% this week from 4.35% last week, and despite the fact that data showed manufacturing activity slowed this month.

The Philadelphia Fed's manufacturing index for October was 6.5 last month, down from 19.8 in October and below economists' expectations for 14.5. That data indicates slowing, but still positive general manufacturing activity.

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