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November 2016 Issue & Supplement

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 »

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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 »