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A Sketchy Neighborhood

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:56:48 ET

Have you ever driven through an unfamiliar city and suddenly found yourself in a dubious neighborhood? That's where we are now in the stock market. The most widely followed indexes (Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ) stand within hailing distance of their peaks for the year, but the action 'down in the streets' is a little less comforting. More »

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December 2015 Issue

As a turbulent year winds down in the financial markets, we can count on one thing to bring us a sleigh full of holiday cheer. Silently but steadily, as the months and quarters pass, our dividends and interest are piling up treasure for us! In this month's visit, I'll unpack for you the "miracle" of compounding income, with the unique opportunities it's creating for us in today's economy. I'll start you off with three growth-and-income stocks and two shorter-maturity bond funds that belong in every investor's portfolio.

Then, for retirees and other folks who plan to live on their investment income, I'll follow up with the latest version of our ever-popular Incredible Dividend Machine—our check-a-month program that delivers twice as much cash, for every dollar you invest, than you could earn on a 10-year Treasury note. Later, I'll serve you the gourmet dessert to this feast: Two exchange-traded dividend funds that do all the stock-picking work for you, while charging only minimal fees (as little at 10 cents a year per $100 invested). First, though, let's find out why it's so important these days to collect a generous up-front income from your investments—and how you can do it safely, with a minimum of fuss. 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 »