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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:31:14 ET

There are times (usually two or three occasions in a year) when your smartest move as an equity investor is to buy the whole market -- via mutual funds or ETFs. The major stock indexes, at those junctures, are so oversold, so depressed, that you can buy almost anything and it will go up. More »

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September 2016 Issue & Supplement

Forget the nasty election rhetoric. Set aside (for a moment) whatever concerns you may have about a sluggish economy, trade wars, the government's ticking debt bomb or anything else. The U.S. stock market is gearing up for a solid year-end rally. Whether it lasts into 2017 is another matter, but we want to ride the uptrend as far as it will carry us!

In this month's visit, I'll help you wrap your arms around a paradox. The near-term outlook (three to five months) for stocks is actually much brighter than most investors believe, while the longer term (three to five years) may end up a good deal less rosy than the majority imagines. Bottom line: You should focus your buying, laser-like, on equities that can deliver top returns both in the immediate future and over the long pull. I'll also point you to my favorite vehicles for exploiting the recovery now underway in the oilpatch, including one with an eye-popping tax-sheltered 8% cash yield. Later, I'll answer a bunch of timely questions I've received from subscribers in recent weeks (maybe yours among them!). First, though, let's find out why the stock market's near-term and longer-term prospects are setting up for a clash—and how you can resolve this dilemma, safely, by investing in our carefully selected "double winners." 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 »