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    Investors seeking the safety of the U.S. Treasury market should consider the 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF, Exchange-traded funds are a basket of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities of 20 to 30 years, which trades like a stock. Investors looking to buy gold should consider the SPDR Gold Shares ETF, which is backed by gold bullion and matches the performance of Comex Gold futures contracts.

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    These relatively cheap services are designed to cater to your risk tolerance. This is the first of a series exploring various automated investment services, known as robo advising, offered by more asset managers. Do your eyes glaze over when you start hearing about financial planning, asset allocation or stock picking?

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    But that's only the beginning of the story of outrageously high stock awards. After Twitter made known its compensation to top executives, there were headlines crowing about the $72.8 million-- mostly stock awards-- that enriched Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto in the second half of last year. But that doesn't tell the whole story of how Twitter's stock-based awards to executives hurt shareholders.

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    I remain a long-term bull and extremely optimistic about the U.S. recovery for this year and beyond. But that doesn't mean denying the risks that threaten the economy and stocks. Any serious investor knows the 2% "rally" for the U.S market so far this year has been quite a grind.

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    The S&P 500 declined a paltry 0.15% on Tuesday but the after-hours session was all about corporate earnings. On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Tim Seymour, managing partner of Triogem Asset Management, said he bought the stock ahead of earnings and is also long Alibaba (BABA), Yahoo!'s core business is starting to show a slight improvement and the fundamentals are getting better.

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    Athens' debts are minuscule compared with its creditors' assets. If you are looking for a gamble that is rather more interesting than your state lottery, and probably offers better odds, take a look at the stocks or bonds that everyone else is afraid to touch right now-- those of Greece. That's why they're so interesting.

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    Yahoo's (YHOO) discussion of Japan assets likely not enough. SAN FRANCISCO-- Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer realizes that she is under pressure from investors, and many of her comments during the company's earnings call were explanations of strategy and recent actions. One of those comments actually did some work at pacifying Yahoo (YHOO) investors, at least briefly-- specifically her discussion of the company's plans to study how to maximize the value of its Yahoo Japan (YAHOF) assets,...

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    Investing with the herd can get investors into trouble, by buying into an asset or stock right near the top before an inevitable pullback. The key for investors is to find a sweet spot in between, according to Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments and author of "Beat the Crowd."

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    Updated from April 21, 2015 to include details on the availability of pork menu items, plans to increase prices, and a new delivery service.NEW YORK -- Investors dumped shares of burrito giant Chipotle in after-hours trading on Tuesday and into trading on Wednesday as notoriously heady sales growth cooled and execs warned of a further slowdown this spring. But, the overall picture for the "heal...

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     The significant decline in oil prices hasn't spurred as much M&A activity as many investors might have expected. In the fourth quarter of 2014, a time when oil prices were more than 50% off summer highs, there was actually a decrease in M&A activity, Steve Goodman, head of energy at Egon Zehnder, said at the IHS Energy CERAWeek, a gathering of players in the energy field, in Houston.

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    Back in November, we speculated that Mylan Laboratories would be in the M&A mill in 2015. This morning, Teva proposed acquiring Mylan for $82 a share in cash and stock or a $40 billion valued deal. For the time being, we think the risk/reward on Mylan is favorable and we would stay with the name.

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    How will things break for Greece if it decides to get in line with the rest of the Eurozone, starting with the adoption of painful economic reforms? Conveniently, two recent news stories, both in the Financial Times, spell it out pretty clearly.

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    What's next for the stock market? So far, most blue chips have reported results for the first quarter that could -- at best -- be considered meh. The strong dollar hurt sales at American Express (AXP), GE and IBM (IBM). The fundamentals for many U.S. companies are on shakier ground than just a few months ago. But the market -- despite some hiccups here and there -- is still holding up reasonably well.

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    Investing in pot stocks may seem like a good bet given the push to legalize the drug across the country and new commercial activity from dozens of companies creating new marijuana products. Bloomberg identified 55 publicly-traded companies flooding the marijuana market with products and services for those keen on cannabis, from pharmaceutical companies to tech companies.

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    The shares of drugmaker Akorn  are rising after Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva  earlier today made a takeover bid for another company in the space, generic drugmaker Mylan , WHAT'S NEW: Teva announced an $82 per share takeover bid for generic drug maker Mylan earlier today.

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     . Among major stock market averages, the Nasdaq has become the 2015 leader. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 are in third and fourth place, respectively, with modest gains of 1.2% and 2%. Continuing in fifth place is the Dow Jones Transportation Average with a loss of 3.8% year to date.

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    Investing has become a much tougher task thanks to a strong U.S. dollar and decline in other major global currencies. Lynda Schweizer, vice president of Loomis, Sayles & Company and portfolio manager for the global fixed income group, said the U.S. economy has continued to outperform other global economies so she wants to keep her long exposure to the U.S. dollar.