• Cheap Energy

    Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:37:24 ET

    Warren Buffett, as usual, said it best: 'Down days always make me feel good.' Buffett should certainly be smiling now, after today's 264-point rout on the Dow. While I'm a little more guarded about voicing my emotions, I too am pleased that today's selloff on Wall Street lengthened my buy list–considerably. More »

  • Is This the Big Banana?

    Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:09:36 ET

    Scads of gurus right now seem eager to declare the end of Wall Street's bull. They'll be right, too -- sooner or later. But are conditions ripe, as we speak, for a major setback? I don't think so. More »

  • New High for Stocks (Shrug)

    Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:01:02 ET

    Is it my age, or is it the stock market? I seem to be shrugging a lot more these days than I used to -- especially after a session like today's. (The S&P 500 index jumped almost 10 points, to an all-time closing high.) Lots of things about this market make me uneasy, but I'm in no mood to fight the uptrend. More »

Latest Issue

  • October 2014 Issue

    The bear will strike one of these days—but not yet! Stocks have had plenty of excuses to turn tail and run in 2014. Even with minor pullbacks in January and July, however, the headline U.S. indexes have held up remarkably well. And now, there are signs the uptrend may soon accelerate. We're in an exciting, but also potentially dangerous, phase of the market cycle.

    In this month's visit, I'll show you how to capture top profits from this never-say-die bull, while protecting yourself against the risk of an accident. Hint: Owning good stocks with healthy earnings and growing dividends is important, but it's only half the formula. Rock-bottom interest rates, now a fact of life for almost six years, are driving many retirees and other conservative investors to despair. But if you know where to look, it's possible to find much higher yields than you can earn at your local bank (or the U.S. Treasury). Later, we'll zoom in on one of the great all-time inflation hedges: food. For the long-term investors among us, I've got a package of agriculture-related stocks, all champion dividend payers, that will let you laugh at inflation for years to come. First, though, let's find out why stocks right now look both enticing and risky—and how you can pocket outstanding returns while curbing your risks. More »


Ask Richard

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 »