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It's Your Move, Janet!

Thu, 26 May 2016 18:38:40 ET

Is Janet Yellen a good chess player? We're about to find out. More and more of the incoming data are pointing to a strengthening U.S. economy. The latest, reported Tuesday: New single-family home sales jumped 16.6% in April from a year ago, the fastest pace in more than eight years. More »

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June 2016 Issue

It’s going to be all right! Investors have had plenty to worry about in the first half of 2016, from agonizingly slow economic growth (with slumping corporate profits) to an uncommonly bitter and divisive presidential nominating race. But these concerns, while not ill-founded, are unlikely to derail the stock market’s advance. Better days are coming in the second half of the year, with new all-time highs in store for the headline U.S. stock indexes.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you why it’s too soon to count the bull out. I’ll also point you to a handful of stocks and funds that offer you the chance to earn market-beating returns of 15%, 20% and perhaps even a bit more over the next 12 months—all with below-average risk. Then, I’ll unveil the latest version of our Incredible Dividend Machine, which enables you to collect a plump dividend check every month of the year. Since our last review in December, the Machine has racked up a spectacular return of more than 17%—the best six-month run in the entire history of the Machine, dating back to December 2002! Later, we’ll wade into the thick of the raging debate over whether you should invest in individual stocks or mutual funds. First, though, let’s find out why the investment outlook, for the rest of this year anyway, is sunnier than Wall Street’s weather forecasters believe—and how you can take advantage of this intelligence to build safe, substantial and enduring profits. 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 »