March 25, 2014
Many investors sense that the stock market, after the stupendous run of the past five years, is overextended and vulnerable. Yet even folks who shudder at the market's high-wire act often find it difficult to sell—particularly in a taxable account.
There's a convenient way out of this dilemma.
Don't sell what you own. Instead, hedge. Let me show you how.More »
February 21, 2014
As I've said on numerous occasions, it isn't necessary—in fact, it's futile—to pretend that you know exactly how the drama of the financial markets will unfold in the months ahead.
Rather, you should focus on the relatively few things you do know with a fair degree of certainty, and map out your strategy from there. Here are two themes I believe we can count on to guide us for the rest of 2014.More »
January 23, 2014
Through the years, I've known many investors who have enjoyed excellent returns on real estate they personally owned and managed. If you're a hands-on individual, direct investing in property is still a great a way to build (or increase) a fortune.
However, most of us lack the time, energy or skills to be landlords. For us, it makes more sense to invest indirectly in property through real estate investment trusts (REITs).More »
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:56 ET
I don't know what kind of artwork excites you, but I must confess to a fondness for financial charts. Here is one of the prettiest I've seen in a long time. Take a few minutes to study it. It will tell you more than a hundred newspaper articles, TV interviews -- or noisy blogs! More »
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:31:33 ET
What can we say? It's hard to complain about a day when Coca-Cola, one of our model portfolio wallflowers, suddenly jumps 3.7% on better than expected quarterly results. Or when three of our utilities hit new 52-week highs, along with Royal Dutch Shell and Schlumberger. More »
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:06:09 ET
You ain't nuthin' but a Nazzdog! Stock prices plunged today, led by panic selling in the two most grossly inflated NASDAQ sectors, biotechnology and Internet. For the NASDAQ Composite index, it was the biggest down day (3.1% in the red) since November 2011. More »
You've got nothing to be afraid of! That may seem like a crazy statement, coming from someone who has repeatedly cautioned about the growing risks in today's sky-high stock market. But it's true. If you're following the balanced and diversified approach I recommend in Profitable Investing, you can look forward calmly–perhaps even a bit eagerly–to the market 'correction' peeking at us around the bend. In this month's visit, I'll show you how to make a friend of the volatility so many investors fear. Hint: Price dips let your money buy more, producing higher returns going forward. I'll also point you to three low-risk, dividend-rich stocks that have already backed off far enough to raise your projected profits to 15% or more in the year ahead.
Of course, stocks are only part of our strategy. In this month's issue, I'm also recommending two of my favorite non-publicly-traded real estate trusts, currently throwing off cash yields as high as 5.5% up front. Later, for the more aggressive players among us, I'll introduce you to three ways you can protect your portfolio against a bear raid without selling any of your stockholdings. First, though, let's find out what kind of stock market retreat is likely over the next few months–and how you can get ready for it now, so that it won't disturb your wealth (or your peace of mind). More »
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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