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  • Parsing the Fed

    Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:13:07 ET

    Will they? Won't they? Wall Street is fixated on what the Federal Reserve will say after its policy meeting wraps up Wednesday. Could the central bank signal its intent to begin raising interest rates sooner than the economist gang expects -- perhaps as soon as next March? More »

  • Comfortably Numb

    Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:24:04 ET

    Talk about a market that refuses to go down! Stocks haven't made any net progress (as measured by the S&P 500) over the past two weeks, and the headline indexes spun their wheels again today. With the S&P less than 1% below its all-time high, though, the bears have little to console them. More »

  • They Deserve It

    Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:01:50 ET

    Every business day, trolling for stock bargains, I check the list of the 100 biggest NYSE percentage decliners. Today, like most days, I came up emptyhanded. More »

Latest Issue

  • September 2014 Issue & Supplement

    The much-awaited stock market "correction" came a little late—and it may already be gone. At this point, we can't be sure whether the August 7 closing lows for the headline U.S. stock indexes will prove to be the final lows for the second half of 2014. But the odds are looking good. If the bottom really is in (or almost so), what can we expect for the rest of the year? More important, how should we be deploying our investments?

    In this month's visit, I'll bring you some clarity on these tough questions. We'll step into my situation room and examine three key indicators hinting at not only an important bottom August 7 but also a surprisingly strong finish to the year. Along the way, I'll pinpoint four of my best-positioned stocks to buy for the coming rally. For the fund investors among us, I'll introduce you to three closed-end funds that allow you to control a dollar's worth of assets for as little as 90 cents. Later, we'll take a journey far away from Wall Street, focusing on two exceptional income investments you won't find listed on any stock exchange. First, though, let's find out what's so significant about the stock market action in early August—and how you can align your portfolio to profit safely from the coming fourth-quarter surge. 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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