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  • Seven rules for tech investing

    The overall stock market may have recovered from the Great Recession, but the tech sector has never fully recovered from the dot-com bust in the early 2000s. Here are seven rules for investing in high-tech companies while avoiding wild speculation:

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  • Stocks surge on reassurance from Yellen

    Stocks jumped Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she would continue the central bank's market-friendly, low-interest rate policies. It's a positive shift for the stock market, which had its worst January since 2010 as concerns about growth in China and the US sent investors shifting from stocks to bonds.

  • Jobless claims hit highest level since March; stocks fall

    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in nearly nine months, pulling stocks lower one day after the Fed's decision to trim its monthly asset purchases sent the market soaring. 

  • Volcker rule: what you need to know

    The revamped Volcker Rule, a centerpiece of the Dodd-Frank Act meant to rein in the sort of risky trading that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, passed Tuesday morning.  Here's how the Volcker rule will affect investing.

  • Oil prices fall after Iran nuclear deal (+video)

    Oil prices dropped below $94 a barrel Monday as Iran reached a deal with six world powers on the country's nuclear program. The agreement dropped oil prices 92 cents to $93.92 in midday trading in New York. 

  • Energy Voices Gas prices hit new low for 2013. Who's paying under $3? (+video)

    Gas prices are continuing their downward slide, hitting the lowest average price since last December Friday. Gas prices are expected to continue to fall this year, and in many places, drivers are already paying less than $3 a gallon to fill up their gas tank.

  • Stocks rise globally on hopes of dovish Fed

    Stocks in Asia and Europe charged ahead Wednesday on expectations the Federal Reserve will keep its economic stimulus fully in place until next year. Dow Jones Industrial average stocks hit an all-time high in the US on Tuesday. 

  • Natural gas prices fall for second day after two-month high

    Natural gas futures prices dip as fall crimps air-conditioning demand. Natural gas prices have risen in five of the past six weeks.

  • Upfront Blog They saw the crash coming

    Before the financial meltdown of 2008, a handful of prophets raised warnings. Most people didn't listen. Why? Because most people have a hard time seeing outside the bubble of the present moment.

  • Justice Ginsburg, the Cheney sisters, and same-sex marriage

    For the first time, a member of the US Supreme Court has performed a same-sex wedding. Meanwhile, the daughters of former VP Dick Cheney have publicly disagreed about gay marriage.

  • Nasdaq shutdown prompts steps to avoid future breakdowns (+video)

    Nasdaq shutdown that put trading on hold for three hours Thursday is ramping up the pressure on financial markets to take steps to avoid and better manage future snafus. The Nasdaq shutdown is also expected to trigger new rounds of regulatory scrutiny on computer-driven trading.

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Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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