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 »
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 »
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 »
Richard E. Band is the newsletter world's #1 authority on investing for low-risk growth. His flagship Total Return Portfolio has grown sixfold since its inception in 1990, while taking far less risk than the popular stock market index funds. More »
Richard, even though I'd 'traded' with brokers and traded brokers before I subscribed with you, I owe everything to you back about 1991 when I had left my job and was intrigued by the ticker tape, and I subscribed to Profitable Investing and followed your advice—i.e., buy Mobil and McDonald's and Cathay Pacific Airlines, PG I think, and many others I can't recall, and I kept a handwritten ledger of buys and sells, recommended you to various people and my sons, because you gave me the confidence to buy and sell and make profit, I think in all the stocks I bought back then. You also taught us about stops and I especially liked that you told us in which accounts were best to have the different kinds of investments. I learned; my husband didn't. I remember you recommended Buckeye Partners way back and I held it for years. That got me started on MLPs! I told my husband last year that you were the best advisor because you were conservative, and so this year he's invested with you—he's in some of your recommended bond funds. He's 82 and I'm 73 and finally learned to be conservative and I love dividend payers. He now understands that concept, too, which was foreign to him years ago. (Now, if I can learn to tell him NO when he wants to put stops on MY MLPs, which I can't get back into because they went up.)
–D. Dunn, Inverness, Florida