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Swamp March

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:21:01 ET

This is going to be a long slog. Stocks got off on a weak foot this morning, weighed down by steep drops in Japan and Europe, as well as by lingering worries about Fed chair Janet Yellen's cautious remarks on the economic outlook in her congressional testimony Wednesday. More »

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February 2016 Issue

Grab your foul-weather gear. More squalls are on the way! Wall Street's talking heads are pulling their hair out, trying to make sense of the stock market's poor January start (the worst since daily records have been kept). For us, though, the plunging Dow provides just one more confirmation of what we've been suspecting since last summer—that global economic growth may be faltering and, with it, the post-2009 bull market for stocks.

In this month's visit, I'll show you how to deal with this challenging new reality. It's time to take concrete measures to protect yourself. We're raising cash and narrowing our buy list to a handful of fortress-like companies that hold out a decent chance of making money for us even in a down market. Later, for the more aggressive traders among us, I'll walk you through three of the most effective techniques to hedge your stock market risk. If, as I expect, the headline indexes give us a bounce during February or March, we'll look to put on some of these hedges. First, though, let's find out why the January turmoil in the financial markets represents something more than a garden-variety 'correction'—and how you can realign your portfolio to preserve wealth (maybe even increase it) during this stormy season. More »

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I am trying to buy or research a stock you discussed, but the ticker symbol you mentioned in Profitable Investing doesn't work. How can I find the right ticker symbol?

Unlike the common stocks and mutual funds most investors are used to, certain investments, including preferred stocks and international stocks, may have a welter of different ticker symbols depending on what quote lookup or brokerage service you look for them on. More »