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GM to invest $2 bn in its US plants

General Motors announced on Tuesday that it will be investing $2 billion in retooling its 17 plants spread across 8 States in the United States.

4 Post-Marriage Financial Blunders to Avoid

We suggest that you start planning your finances even before you have tied the nuptial knot. What you decide today can have a huge bearing on your future bank balance.

Money Pledges for 2011

Even small changes in your money behavior can help you attain a better financial position. The Money Times suggests some money resolutions, capable of changing your money status this year.

Sin Stocks Revisited

"Socially responsible investing" has always been a frustratingly hazy term. While SRI finally received long-overdue respect in 2010, its definition hasn't gotten any less uncertain. But in 2010, the criteria for "socially responsible" investments -- and their opposite number, "sin stocks" -- began to expand in intriguing and unexpected ways.

The Best Stocks for 2011: Intuitive Surgical


This article is part of our "Best Stocks for 2011" series where our Foolish writers pick their top stock ideas for the year ahead. Click here to see a review of last year's picks and our 12 recommendations for the year ahead.

1 of the Riskiest Investments You Can Make

Go ahead. Call me crazy. It's music to my ears. See, my best investments tend to happen when people call me foolish (with a lower-case "f"). Conversely, my worst investments are usually made when people tell me how great the trade is sure to be.

2 Unbelievable Bargains to Buy Right Now

In our ongoing series of chats with Fool analysts and advisors, I've been asking them about the stocks on their watchlists and the catalysts that would induce them to buy. Today, the man in charge of training our analysts provides two excellent companies that he owns and believes deserve strong consideration for a spot in your portfolio – no catalyst required.

Martek Biosciences Shares Skyrocketed: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

How to Plug the Holes in Your Portfolio

 These days, lots of financial products claim to give you complete coverage of a particular type of investment. But when you take a closer look, you might realize that you're not always getting everything you think you are.


Another Shot at 1 Huge Dividend!

optionsXpress (Nasdaq: OXPS) announced two weeks ago it will be paying a $4.50-per-share dividend on Dec. 27. After reaching a high of $21, the stock fell more than 10% in early trading yesterday after confusion over its ex-dividend date. That's the date when a stock begins trading without the right to the dividend.