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Mid-Day ETF Update: ETFs, Stocks Track Tech Stocks Surging Higher; Dow and S&P 500 Hit Intraday Highs

Mid-Day ETF Update: ETFs, Stocks Track Tech Stocks Surging Higher; Dow and S&P 500 Hit Intraday Highs

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Shutterstock photoActive broad-market exchange-traded funds in Monday's regular session:iShares MSCI Emerging Index Fund ( EEM ): +1%iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN ( VXX ): -3.3%SPDR Select Sector Fund - Financial ( XLF ): +1%SPDR S&P 500 ( SPY ): +0.7%PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ( QQQ ): +1.5%Broad Market IndicatorsBroad-market exchange-traded funds, including SPY, IWM and IVV were higher, hitting or nearing new record highs. Actively traded PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ ) was up 1.5%.U.S. stocks were higher at session's half, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 reaching intraday record highs - buoyed by gains in the tech sector.Looking ahead, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans will give give a speech at the New York University at 7...
How to Determine If You Can Really Retire Early

How to Determine If You Can Really Retire Early

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Shutterstock photoBy Justin Goodbread, CFP®In my business, I work with all different types of people. They run the gamut. Some are employers, while others are the employees. Some tell me they want to retire early. To that, I then ask them what retiring early means to them. Are we talking late 50s, early 60s, perhaps even early 40s? The key to helping them reach that goal is to know the age that goal needs to be achieved by.Retiring early constitutes walking away from making income, living solely off our assets and whatever income they produce. For our example, let’s say the person wanting to retire early is looking to do so between 55 and 60. (For more, see: The Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Early Retirement.)The very first thing to consider is how much this person is going to live off of at e
Top money lessons dads can teach their kids this Father's Day

Top money lessons dads can teach their kids this Father's Day

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Fathers shape their children's financial life.To that point, 56 percent of people said their fathers influenced their retirement savings and 62 percent said their retirement plans are similar to their dads' strategy, according to a John Hancock Retirement Services survey of 1,007 Americans adults conducted in late April.Paternal influence cuts both ways. A recent T. Rowe Price analysis found that people who have declared bankruptcy were more likely to have kids who do not save any money, compared to the children of people who didn't declare bankruptcy.Dads can raise their personal finance game this Father's Day. Kerry Hannon, author of "Love Your Job: The New Rules of Career Happiness," shared with CNBC's "On the Money" about the best money lesson her father, Jack, who passed away nine yea...
Fire insurance premium may go up post July 1

Fire insurance premium may go up post July 1

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KOLKATA: Come July 1, fire insurance premium may go up since the insurance regulator is trying to check the insurance players from deep discounting in premium to gain market share. A new set of burning cost 'referral' rates from the Insurance Information Bureau is going to be applicable from July 1 and that could see premium going up substantially in several 'occupancies'. "With the new IIB reference data on burning cost for fire insurance from July 1, several occupancies could see the substantial rise in premium and leaving many untouched. But the changes being introduced could impact differently on each occupancies on insurance companies," Assocham's insurance council chairman and GM of National Insurance KB Vijay Srinivas told PTI. "Our new set of reference rates for fire will be a...
Complaints against America’s airlines are rising

Complaints against America’s airlines are rising

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LAST year, Bob Fornaro, the boss of Spirit Airlines, talked of the effort his firm had made to reduce the number of customer complaints. The ultra-low-cost carrier, dubbed the most hated airline in America by Bloomberg, had long been ranked as a primary purveyor of passenger pain, regularly propping up lists that rate airline service. Alas, Mr Fornaro’s efforts seem to have gone unrewarded. Complaints per passenger remain easily the highest of any of the big American operators. In fact, as our chart shows, things seem to be getting worse.One consolation for Spirit is that the same is true of nearly all its competitors. Of the 12 biggest carriers in the country, only Hawaiian saw a (tiny) decrease in complaints in April 2017, compared with a year earlier. Delta, Virgin America and ExpressJe