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American energy independence is closer to reality

Not long ago, the idea of the U.S. achieving energy independence seemed far-fetched, but the recent oil boom has put a serious dent in the country's reliance on foreign oil.

Despite skepticism, stocks can keep going higher

U.S. stock market could continue to head higher — even though the gains may be modest — for the foreseeable future.

College aid: The benefits of an earlier filing date

As college-bound students prepare for a new school year, they should be aware of a new date that's important for future financial aid — Oct. 1.

Low-cost ETFs for every investing style

Whatever your goals, these four model portfolios of our 20 favorite exchange-traded funds can serve as the bedrock of your investment program for years.

What earnings 'multiple contraction' means for investors

If the economy starts to slow further, investors likely will start talking about "multiple contraction." It is important to anyone invested in stocks. Here's why.

Lopsided housing rebound leads to rising rental population

While the U.S. housing recovery has been stronger than expected, it has left behind millions of middle-class Americans.