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  • Stock market notches its best year since 1995

    Stock market notches its best year since 1995
    NEW YORK — Wall Street closed out an epic year with the stock market's best performance since 1995, fattening the retirement accounts for a generation of Americans crushed by the financial crisis just five years ago. The 27% gain in the Dow...
  • Muni bond fund forecast: Cloudy in 2014

    Muni bond fund forecast: Cloudy in 2014
    With interest rates set to rise, many on Wall Street are wondering if the municipal bond market is in for another pummeling as 2014 gets underway. Investors couldn't get out fast enough last year. Bonds from states, cities and counties suffered their...
  • Small firms' stocks soared in 2013, outpacing the broader market

    Small firms' stocks soared in 2013, outpacing the broader market
    NEW YORK — It's been a fantastic time for stocks, but it's been even better for shares of small companies like Zale Corp. The small Texas company's shares rocketed more than 280% last year, propelled by investors who expect lovebirds to...
  • DWP chief Ron Nichols resigns as controversies mount

    DWP chief Ron Nichols resigns as controversies mount
    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, mired in a series of controversies over employee perks, rate hikes and customer service problems, lost its general manager Thursday as Ron Nichols announced he is stepping down. Nichols becomes the latest...
  • Bond-rating agencies see California finances on upswing

    Bond-rating agencies see California finances on upswing
    SACRAMENTO -- Two Wall Street bond-rating agencies gave Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal a clean bill of health on Tuesday, saying it would further California's fiscal recovery. Standard & Poor's upgraded its financial outlook for the state to...
  • Stocks surge after Fed decision to scale back stimulus

    Stocks surge after Fed decision to scale back stimulus
    NEW YORK -- Stocks rallied nearly 2% after the Federal Reserve announced it would begin scaling back its stimulus program early next year. The Dow Jones industrial average added 292.71, gaining 1.8% to 16,167.97 at the closing bell Wednesday. The...
  • Dow rallies to a new high

    Dow rallies to a new high
    NEW YORK — The long-feared tapering of economic stimulus by the Federal Reserve powered the stock market to its latest record high as investors rejoiced at the prospect of stronger growth next year. The Dow Jones industrial average catapulted...
  • The Fed starts to taper -- but doesn't give up on easy money

    The Fed starts to taper -- but doesn't give up on easy money
    Nothing like a little sugar to help investors swallow a bitter pill from the Fed. The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee announced Wednesday that it will finally start tapering its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy. Instead of printing...
  • Wall Street delivers a credit-rating boost to L.A. County finances

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors got a holiday present this week from an occasionally Scrooge-like institution on Wall Street. Rating agency Standard & Poor's on Thursday raised the county's long-term credit rating from AA to AA+, its highest...
  • Fannie, Freddie give non-investor home buyers 'first look' period

    Fannie, Freddie give non-investor home buyers 'first look' period
    WASHINGTON — An important resource for first-time home buyers and others who find themselves in unfair competition with deep-pocket investors bearing cash just got better: The two biggest players in the mortgage market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,...
  • Millions of Americans lack basic financial literacy, studies show

    Millions of Americans lack basic financial literacy, studies show
    Guess how many Americans correctly answered this basic financial question: Is the stock of a single company usually safer than a mutual fund? A) 100% B) 80% C) 60% D) None of the above. The right answer is D. Barely 1 in 2 people knew that a single...