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Poisoned Atmosphere

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:03:51 ET

The 'undercurrent of fear' I cited in Tuesday's blog is still with us. No bad macroeconomic news today. But stocks fell sharply anyway as the fallout from last weekend's Charlottesville violence poisoned the trading atmosphere. More »

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August 2017 Issue

How do you protect your portfolio from painful, disruptive change? It's a pressing question, and not just for investors who happen to own department stores or shopping malls! With the eight-year U.S. business expansion growing long in the tooth, there's a good chance the financial markets will experience a more than trivial "disruption" sometime in 2018, perhaps even sooner.

In this month's visit, I'll show you how to harden your defenses against unpleasant market surprises. You want to take intelligent measures to reduce unnecessary risk. As you'll see, my defensive strategy doesn't require you to sell all your stocks—far from it. In fact, I've got a handful of dividend-rich gems you can safely buy for projected returns of 12%–20% in the coming year. Furthermore, if you want an extra layer of protection for your stock holdings, I've got a clutch of exchange-traded funds designed to go up in value if the equity market falls. Buy these funds, and you can keep your stocks! Later, we'll zoom in for a close-up look at the energy sector. The oil-and-gas industry has taken investors on a bronco ride over the past few years, and I don't foresee an end to the volatility soon. But I've uncovered a few bargains for hardy souls who desire high income, big capital gains or both. First, though, let's find out why disruptive change is a growing issue for investors today—and how you can arrange your portfolio to earn healthy profits even when the bombshells are flying. 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 »