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Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:43:48 ET

Another day, another group of stocks gets hammered by the 'Amazon effect.' Today, it was the home-improvement retailers (Home Depot, Lowe's) after Sears announced it had struck a deal for Amazon to peddle Kenmore appliances through the online retailer's website. More »

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July 2017 Issue & Supplement

Risks are mounting for Wall Street's long-running (and rapidly aging) bull. It's not just the recent softness in the stock market's prized technology sector that gives cause for concern. Key indicators are looking ahead to a peak in the business cycle, possibly within the next 12–18 months. As that turning point draws closer, we want to shift our portfolios increasingly into capital-preservation mode.

In this month's visit, I'll show you four ways to 'lock in' the gains you've made from the equity market's long ascent. Selective selling is part of the formula, of course. But you can also build defensive muscle into your portfolio by switching to value-rich, high-dividend stocks that tend to hold their ground—or even go up—while the rest of the market struggles. Later, for the contrary thinkers among us, I'll share with you four of today's popular investment dreams that most likely aren't going to come true. In each case, I'll show you a wiser strategy than simply chasing rainbows with the crowd. First, though, let's find out why the stock market's risk quotient is climbing fast—and how you can move your wealth to safer ground while still taking advantage of any further gains the bull may serve up in the months ahead. 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 »