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Brexit Shock, T+2

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:13:58 ET

Two full trading days have now passed since Britain shocked the world by deciding to pull out of the European Union. Can we draw any preliminary conclusions? More »

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July 2016 Issue

The bears will have their day, but not yet! In recent weeks, the drumbeat of gloomy commentary on the U.S. economy and stock market has risen to a fever pitch—even as the headline equity indexes flirt with all-time highs. What gives? Are the bears about to enjoy a long-deferred moment of glory? Or are their worries premature again?

In this month's visit, I'll sit down with you for a frank talk about the problems facing the economy and financial markets—and which key ingredient is missing from the bearish case (and how to watch for its emergence!). Meanwhile, I'll bring you the scoop on business-development companies, which lend money to small and mid-sized businesses. Two of my favorite names among these 'bond substitutes' sport eye-popping cash yields of 9% or more. As a result, even a small stake here could give a pleasant spark to your bottom line. Later, for those looking to harvest the fruits of a working lifetime, I'll update you on our Ten-Minute Retirement Portfolio, our low-risk specialty fund portfolio that lets you earn a generous up-front yield, while leaving plenty of room for 'pay hikes' to offset inflation in the years ahead. First, though, let's find out what's stirring the bears from their den again—and how you can cushion your portfolio against legitimate risks without giving up the profits still ahead in the current stock market cycle. 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 »