• One Last Chance?

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:46:25 ET

    As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, stocks have put in a remarkable performance this summer. Defying the historical pattern of weakness during the middle months of a midterm election year, the S&P 500 index has gained 6% since the 'worst six months' began May 1. More »

  • Wrestling a Greased Pig

    Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:36:46 ET

    Well, here we are a month later -- back in the same place, with bargains vanishing again on Wall Street. (See my July 24 blog, 'A Cry for Bargains.') Stocks fell briefly at the end of July and in early August, but the subsequent rebound has come so fast that any investor trying to catch it has been wrestling a greased pig. More »

  • Bulls Back on Top

    Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:43:56 ET

    Yikes! Is the thundering herd back so soon? Looks like it. Just two weeks after Wall Street had cringed at the thought of American warplanes zooming over Iraq, the stock market is surging again, with the S&P 500 index closing today at another all-time high (1992.37). More »

Latest Issue

  • September 2014 Issue & Supplement

    The much-awaited stock market "correction" came a little late—and it may already be gone. At this point, we can't be sure whether the August 7 closing lows for the headline U.S. stock indexes will prove to be the final lows for the second half of 2014. But the odds are looking good. If the bottom really is in (or almost so), what can we expect for the rest of the year? More important, how should we be deploying our investments?

    In this month's visit, I'll bring you some clarity on these tough questions. We'll step into my situation room and examine three key indicators hinting at not only an important bottom August 7 but also a surprisingly strong finish to the year. Along the way, I'll pinpoint four of my best-positioned stocks to buy for the coming rally. For the fund investors among us, I'll introduce you to three closed-end funds that allow you to control a dollar's worth of assets for as little as 90 cents. Later, we'll take a journey far away from Wall Street, focusing on two exceptional income investments you won't find listed on any stock exchange. First, though, let's find out what's so significant about the stock market action in early August—and how you can align your portfolio to profit safely from the coming fourth-quarter surge. 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 »