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The Detroit Bankruptcy Is Official – Now Get Ready for "Bailout Bonanza"

Today (Tuesday), a federal judge ruled that Detroit is eligible for protection under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, making the Detroit bankruptcy official. This is the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

will soon affect every American...

Hot Stocks

Tech Stocks to Buy: Deck the Halls with These Four Leaders

We know the drill: U.S. retailers count on the holiday shopping season for as much as 20% to 40% of their total sales for the year.

And we know that this year won't be any different.

What we don't know is how much American consumers are going to spend: Will this season go like gangbusters, or will it just be a bust?

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is expecting a gangbusters holiday season, having just forecasted a record $602 billion in sales, a healthy 3.9% jump from 2012.

four stocks are in a position to make the most of it...

Hot Stocks

Dividend Stocks: 25 Companies That Just Increased Their Payouts

It's been a good year to own stocks, with markets hitting record highs. But investors holding dividend stocks have profited the most.

Even better, if the market pulls back from those record highs, dividend stocks typically perform better during a correction than non-dividend paying stocks.

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The Fed

Why the Fed's 100th Birthday Could Be Its Last

On December 23rd, the Federal Reserve will turn 100 years old.

We can look back on its few successes… but its many failures far outweigh any positives it may have achieved.

What's at stake now is the Fed's future. And it looks bleak.

In fact, the Fed won't even exist in 100 years...

Hot Stocks

Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Recap

Best stocks to buy for the week ending Nov. 29, 2013: Last week's Thanksgiving holiday may have made for an abbreviated week, but there was no shortage of market-moving news.

While the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 closed Black Friday modestly in the red, both continued an eight-week winning streak and are up 22.8% and 26.6% respectively year to date.

The Dow has set 44 all-time highs this year and is up 146% since the market lows of March 2009. The Nasdaq topped 4,000 last week for the first time in 13 years and is up 34.5% since January.

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Stock Market

Why December Stock Market Performance Is the Best of the Year

Over the last 100 years, December stock market performance has been the Dow's best.

The blue-chip benchmark has averaged a 1.42% gain in December over the last century, with positive returns 73% of the time.

All the elements are falling into place...

Stock Market Today

Biggest Stock Market News Today, Dec. 2

Stock Market News Today, Dec. 2: U.S. stocks are trading lower today despite positive momentum in online sales and positive manufacturing data.

The S&P 500 is fairly flat at 1,806 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 0.05% to 16,078 points, and the Nasdaq Composite Index is down 0.1% at 4,056.48.

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Hot Stocks

Why The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) Stock Will Soar to New Heights

You can be forgiven for feeling conflicted over The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and its stock.

On the one hand, the company has been hit by a lot of widely reported problems with its 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft.

On the other hand, Boeing stock is up 78% this year. See the contradiction?

Here's why investors have so much confidence in Boeing...

Energy Investing

This Will Change the Way You Think About Investing Forever

We've already made good money playing publically traded oil and gas companies.

125% on Cheniere… 200% on Halliburton… 210% on Western Refining… 542% on Westport Innovations… 300% on Golar LNG…

And given energy's across-the-board potential, our focus on growth isn't going to change.

In fact, it's about to expand.

Something huge just slipped under the radar.

It was so significant that it promises to change how you think about investing forever – especially in oil and gas.

A late-summer change in the rules now allows for expanded access by retail investors into the lucrative world of venture capital.

It's called direct investment, and it goes far beyond just buying stocks, bonds, and options…

It opens up the potential for all of us to make some serious money. It really is a whole new ballgame.

And for you, it starts this Thursday – perhaps even sooner. (I'll let you know.)

Like I said, this is huge...

Trend Watch

Best Investments in Emerging Markets: MINT Is the Next BRIC

In 2001, the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – would be the engines of economic growth. These four countries demonstrated enough political stability, population growth, and openness of trade to warrant being acclaimed as the economic superstars of the next decade.

They were named the best investments to make to play global growth. And they delivered.

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