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Reason, Not Emotion

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:11:45 ET

It's remarkable these days how quickly investors become unhinged. Maybe it's the pervasive impact of the Internet (and especially social media). Maybe it's the uncertainty provoked by rock-bottom interest rates and repeated rounds of 'quantitative easing' from the world's central banks. More »

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October 2016 Issue

There's only one major hurdle left for Wall Street's bull to jump this year—the election! Stocks have leaped over a series of obstacles in 2016, the most recent being the fear (unfounded, as it turns out) that the Federal Reserve might prematurely raise interest rates in September. But now we've got the presidential race squarely in front of us. Will the election throw the market for a loop?

In this month's visit, I'll show you how to protect your portfolio from that risk—as well as many others—without giving up the fine profit opportunities still available in stocks. Step #1 in your strategy: Pad your portfolio with enough low-risk assets to block any wild shots Mr. Market may fire your way. Once you've secured your defenses on that front, you can snap up the three rock-ribbed, value-rich stocks I profile in the issue—all of them projected to deliver a total return of 15% or more in the coming year. Thinking further out, I've scoured the mutual fund universe (9,000 funds!) for just three that I'm confident you can hold for outstanding profits over the next five years. Buy these three names, lock them up and throw away the key! Later, I'll brief you on the Great Retirement Emergency—the growing shortage of investments that throw off decent cash yields. I'll also point out two basic techniques to help you generate more cash from assets you already own, without piling on more risk. First, though, let's find out what the chances are that the election (or something else) could throw the financial markets badly off kilter in the weeks ahead—and how you can dampen these risks while enhancing your returns for years to come. 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 »