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Rally On -- Maybe

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:40:55 ET

Are we out of the hole yet? A few key pieces of evidence suggest that the stock market may have already embarked on its traditional Q4 rally. (Since 1989, the S&P 500 has gained about twice as much in the fourth quarter as in the next-best trimester, Q1.) More »

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October 2015 Issue

Wall Street's bulls are trying their hardest to chase the bear out. The effort may succeed, too—at least through year-end, and perhaps into early 2016. But the cunning old grizzly has caught a taste of food. Sooner or later, he'll sneak back. Will your portfolio be ready for him?

In this month's visit, I'll fill you in on the progress the stock market has made toward healing from the August bear raid. Some of the evidence is encouraging, for the next few months anyway. However, there are enough issues on the horizon to warrant an extra measure of caution. I'll show you how to find the right mix of stocks, bonds and cash to carry you safely through this period of uncertainty. I'll also help you zero in on the best stocks to buy now for both long-term growth and near-term protection of principal—from dividend-rich blue chips to high-yielding real estate investment trusts. Later, for the fund aficionados among us, I'll brief you on three top performers that specialize in 'guarding your back.' First, though, let's find out what message our stock market gauges are sending now—and how you can adjust your portfolio, gradually and thoughtfully, to keep growing your wealth as safely as possible. 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 »