Safest assets provide no protection amid the brewing rate storm

As interest rates head higher, sectors such as investment-grade debt and consumer staples companies are taking it on the chin.

Top 10 small-cap funds this year

Here are the 10 top-performing small-cap funds and ETFs this year.

Daniel Crosby: Why “too good to be true” usually Is

The self-esteem movement has ruined humanity because praise does not boost your ego, accomplishment does. Daniel Crosby breaks it all down in the 10th episode of "On Your Best Behavior."

Your Portfolio

Late to the alternative-investment party

JPMorgan is slashing its minimum on alts at a point when such investments are likely to see more modest returns

Tax and Estate Planning

Tax reform puts prenups in jeopardy

The elimination of the deduction for alimony payments calls into question existing prenuptial agreements.

Your Portfolio

Actively managed ETFs slow to catch on

Only a few see big inflows; even Vanguard's offerings get little love from investors.

Retirement

The gig economy as a backup retirement plan

Some workers embrace side hustles to boost their nest eggs.

Tax and Estate Planning

Rich are abuzz over tax-cutting dynasty trusts

Tax overhaul's doubling of the estate-tax exemption to $22 million has generated interest in the trusts

Your Lifestyle

Now you can rent blue-chip art for your walls

Dealers, collectors and financiers are trying to monetize art in ways that transcend merely buying or selling.

Retirement

Countdown to retirement

Reviewing key deadlines with a group of friends at age 64

Your Portfolio

How investors can spot market bubbles

The height of skyscrapers and record prices at art auctions can provide clues.

Tax and Estate Planning

All is not lost when it comes to the mortgage interest deduction

The tax reform law's two significant changes to the way taxpayers deduct interest on loans related to their home both contain exceptions

Your Portfolio

Inverted yield curve triggers warnings

Moves in Treasury yields are flashing yellow right now, but not yet red

Your Portfolio

Funds that let you tap into M&A fever

These investments let investors take advantage of the current merger boom

Retirement

Recent rule changes to boost retiree health costs

New analysis quantifies the effect on Medicare premiums and Social Security benefits.

Your Business

Gig ruling creates hurdle for employers

California Supreme Court's Dynamex decision could force other companies in the state to rethink their relationship with workers.

Your Lifestyle

The latest pitch from the world's best hotels: Bring the kids

Offerings targeting children range from perfume-making workshops and baking classes to whale-watching excursions and fossil hunts.

Your Portfolio

Muni investors get first look at fees

Brokerage firms must start disclosing the fees they charge to buy and sell state and local government debt.

Retirement

Retirement outlook for millennials

They're drowning in debt, but are highly educated and have decades to get on track.

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