Come out, come out, wherever you are! Wall Street's bull has played shy since mid-August, flashing his horns to the crowd now and again but then retreating meekly to his stall. His skittishness is understandable, too, with the ear-splitting election uproar in the stadium. But the political tumult will soon quiet down. When it does, will stocks put on a brisk rally in November and December—and perhaps beyond?
In this month's visit, I'll help you assess the potential—and the risks—in this long-running yet increasingly challenged uptrend for the U.S. stock market. As you'll see, there are good reasons to believe the bull can continue to run well into 2017. However, I'll also show you what could go wrong—and how to recognize a turn in the tide before the market takes a serious hit. Later, I'll walk you through a three-point tune-up I recommend performing on your portfolio before year-end. Are you dissatisfied with the numbers your mutual funds and other investments are putting up? With the toolkit I've given you, you'll soon get your investments running smoothly again. First, though, let's find out what will coax Wall Street's bull out of hiding before year-end for one more romp—and how you can play the rally, as long as it lasts, for maximum profit with safety. More »
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:23:07 ET
Some corporate mergers make eminent good sense from the moment they're announced. Others are equally obvious duds from the get-go. But there's also a large group of deals in the middle -- a perfect example being the gigantic combination announced over the weekend between AT&T and Time Warner. More »
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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I just read the article by Mark Hulbert concerning Richard's "spectacularly wrong forecast … in the spring of 2008." I would like to point out his spectacularly right forecast in March, 2009. I was on vacation when the March 10th Journal hit my email, saying: "…now is the time to chip away at your cash reserves and buy selected stocks…" By my figuring that was nearly the exact bottom. Richard's advice helped me not only recover all my bear market losses, but set me on the way to some spectacular gains. Thanks Richard.
–Steve Lindberg, Graeagle, CA