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  • Uncertainty Can Be Your Friend

    Thu, 28 May 2015 17:03:39 ET

    'I dunno.' As the month of May winds down, a lot of investors seem unsure what to think of the stock market. And who can blame them? On Tuesday, the S&P 500 tumbled 22 points (1%), a fairly sharp decline by recent standards. But then the market made up nearly all its losses Wednesday, before edging back into the red today. More »

  • Don't Take It Too Hard

    Tue, 26 May 2015 16:53:38 ET

    Sometimes investors come back from a long holiday weekend in a jovial mood. Sometimes they’re in a blue funk. Janet Yellen got this year’s Memorial Day festivities off to a downbeat start (at least for financial junkies) by reminding us, in a much awaited Friday speech, that the Federal Reserve is prepared to raise interest rates later this year, assuming the economic numbers remain firm. More »

  • The Courage to Hold On

    Thu, 21 May 2015 16:08:13 ET

    Which investors make the most money over the long run? All the studies indicate it's not the in-and-out traders. The big winners are folks who buy at advantageous prices and hold on for years, even decades. That's a particularly apt lesson right now if you've been buying (or have considered buying) energy-related assets. More »

Latest Issue

  • June 2015 Issue

    Wall Street's bull is sprouting a few more gray hairs. Are you prepared for what comes next? Don't fret: It isn't necessary to know the day or the hour that the stock market's six-year romp will expire. But you do need a strategy to deal with the next big interruption, whenever it occurs.

    In this month's visit, I'll explain what we're doing, even now, to get ready for the inevitable. I'm not sounding an "abandon ship" distress call or conjuring up lurid disaster scenarios. Rather, we're taking careful, deliberate steps to reduce our risks, while leaving ourselves open to profit from any remaining upside the bull may offer us. In this month's issue, I pour out a cornucopia of income-producing stocks in the latest edition of our Incredible Dividend Machine. But stocks aren't the only money-making opportunity out there. I'll also unveil a package of exchange-traded vehicles that give you quick, easy access to precious metals and agricultural commodities—two of the most reliable hard-asset hedges against the insidious long-term decline in the dollar's buying power. More »

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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 »

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