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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:21:12 ET

Tax reform, what's that? To all the fanfare the White House could muster, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the Trump administration's tax-reform plan Wednesday afternoon. The stock market yawned, giving up the day's early gains and closing near its low for the session. More »

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May 2017 Issue & Supplement

Politics is fading into the background. Fundamentals are grabbing the limelight again! Ever since Election Day, a cottage industry has sprung up on Wall Street, touting a plethora of "Trump trades." Now, though, with the president's economic agenda running into snags in Congress, investors are having second thoughts. Could there be a better way to make money in 2017 than by wild political speculation?

There is, of course—and in this month's visit, I'll show you what that method is. By focusing laser-like on investment fundamentals (above all, objective measures of value), you can build a portfolio that will deliver solid returns not only over the next six to twelve months but also for years to come. Even in today's richly priced stock market, I've uncovered three names with the potential to generate a total return of 15%–20% in the year ahead. For retirees (and those nearing retirement), I'll help you cut through the clutter of conflicting retirement advice with the latest edition of our Ten Minute Retirement Portfolio. Since inception three years ago, this simplified, safety-first portfolio has helped make life easier, and richer, for numerous retirees. See for yourself! Later, we'll home in on three big mistakes investors are making these days. First, though, let's find out why political speculation is yielding again to fundamental investing—and how you can lock on to this hopeful new trend for maximum profit with limited risk. 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 »