• Time for a Time Out

    Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:44:10 ET

    Wall Street's bull market isn't over yet. Not by a long shot. But we're due for a pause in the uptrend -- another pullback lasting two to five weeks, before the advance can resume in earnest. More »

  • No Rush for Janet (Or Us)

    Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:45 ET

    Janet Yellen is going to raise interest rates later this year, if I'm correctly parsing her Senate testimony today. But she's in no hurry. That's a pretty good model for your investment strategy, and mine, as we move forward in 2015. More »

  • A Critical Discipline

    Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:10:55 ET

    Were you thinking of doing some selling? Now's a good time to put your plans into action. It's not that I'm predicting a stock market crash, or anything like that. But selling is a critical discipline within the investment process. More »

Latest Issue

  • March 2015 Issue & Supplement

    Oil is bottoming, and the stock market likes it! When oil prices launched into their nosedive in late November, the financial world looked on with trepidation. Investors began to speculate: Deflation. Recession. Bear market for stocks. Now, though, with “black gold” stabilizing, fear is evaporating—and the headline U.S. stock indexes have scampered up to all-time highs. Is Wall Street’s newfound confidence justified?

    In this month’s visit, we’ll explore the implications of a turnaround in oil. Certainly, it’s good for energy stocks. However, a rebound in oil prices also holds risks for your portfolio, and I’ll show you how to guard against the dangers I see ambling down the pike. Later, I’ll take you for an in-depth look at an industry that has made huge profits for us over the years: utilities (electric, gas, water, telecom). As a group, utility shares have shot up since last summer, making them vulnerable to periodic setbacks, one of which has just occurred. I’ll explain how to deal with these air pockets, both before and after. First, though, let’s find out why Wall Street is breathing easier with oil on the mend—and how you can align your portfolio for profit and safety as the oil recovery unfolds. More »


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 »