Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:27:13 ET
Greece's woes, and now Puerto Rico's threatened debt default, remind us that the global economy remains delicate -- eight long years after the onset of the financial crisis. But are conditions quite as bad as certain shrill commentators seem to think? More »
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:50:21 ET
Investors around the world woke Monday morning to the smell of yet another kitchen fire from Greece. In the latest twist of the seemingly never-ending drama, the tiny Mediterranean nation has shut down its banks for the next six business days, leaving customers with the option to withdraw no more than 60 euros (about $67) per day in cash from local ATMs. More »
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:35:57 ET
It's getting late in the cycle for Wall Street's amazing post-2009 bull market. How do I know? Share prices are rising to 'pinch me, I can't believe it' levels for companies caught up in takeover speculation. More »
You've made it. Now let's keep it! This year's seesaw stock market is
ratcheting up fears that, someday soon, the bear may return and devour
the gains investors have enjoyed since 2009. It's a legitimate concern, one you
and I can't afford to dismiss lightly. But we have a practical plan to solve the
problem. We're going to survive and prosper regardless of what the Federal
Reserve does about interest rates, regardless of whether Greece pays its debts,
regardless of whether oil rises or falls—just plain regardless.
In this month's visit, I'll show you how I can make such a seemingly audacious claim. As you'll see, dividend-rich stocks form an important part of our strategy. I've got two brand-new, value-packed selections for you—successful businesses that deliver life's little necessities in good times and bad, while showering cash on loyal shareholders each step of the way. I'll also explain what's going on in the bond market, and how bonds can still play a vital role in your financial battle plan in the months and years ahead. Later, I'll introduce you to four "double inverse" ETFs that will let you hedge effectively in the event of a broad stock market downturn—whether this summer or anytime. First, though, let's find out why thoughtful investors are pondering the odds of a Wall Street washout ahead—and how you can take steps now to protect yourself and keep your profits growing, come what may. 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 »
Richard E. Band is the newsletter world's #1 authority on investing for low-risk growth. His flagship Total Return Portfolio has grown nearly sixfold since its inception in 1990, while taking far less risk than the popular stock market index funds. More »
[My biggest success with Profitable Investing was] OXY—I purchased it years ago when you recommended it. They were purchasing the naval oil field reserve. I paid $13,125 for 600 shares. A short time later we got a 2 for 1 stock split. As of today [August 2013], not including dividends, I have a $92,991, profit—or 708.5%. I still own the stock with no intention of selling. I use the dividends for a variety of purposes—mostly to diversify my investments.
–C.E., Coldwater, MS