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Waking Up with a Snort

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:13:36 ET

Is the bad dream over? Wall Streeters dared to hope so today, as a surge of upbeat economic news pushed equity investors' worries into the background for a second session in a row. With today's 47-point gain, the S&P 500 index now stands 6.4% above Tuesday's panicky close -- the 'sharp reflex rally' I told you to expect in Monday's Special Alert. More »

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September 2015 Issue & Supplement

The U.S. stock market is nearing a critical fork in the road. So far in 2015, the headline stock indexes have run in circles, with only losses to show for all the effort. Amid the frantic rush to nowhere, hundreds of stocks have fallen by the wayside. They need to get back on track soon, or trouble lies ahead for the six-year-old bull.

In this month's visit, I'll show you why I'm issuing such a blunt warning. It's not that I've turned into a long-term bear on stocks, but we want to be prepared for any outcome. One way to secure your defenses is to hold an adequate cash reserve. I'll introduce you to my favorite FDIC-insured money market accounts, as well as a unique high-grade preferred stock with a fixed maturity similar to that of a CD. Later, I'll invite you to a lively Q&A session on the energy sector. If you've been unsettled of late by the wild price swings in your oil-and-gas-related investments, I think you'll find this discussion timely and beneficial. First, though, let's sift through the reasons for my guarded near-term market outlook—and see what you can do now to achieve a wholesome balance between growth and preservation of capital. 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 »

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