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August 2016 Issue

Have we seen the top? No, I don't mean the top of the bull market in stocks. I'm talking about the runaway escalation of investor fear. It seems to have climaxed, for now anyway, with the Brexit referendum and the ensuing panic moves in stocks, bonds and gold.

In this month's visit, I'll show you why I think we're headed for a period of relative calm in the financial markets over the remainder of 2016 (and possibly into 2017 as well). But don't doze off yet. The tranquility will last only if two pieces fall into place between now and year-end. Meanwhile, our balanced portfolio strategy is paying off handsomely. We're not stopping, either: I'm still digging up a few undervalued gems you can safely buy in less-trafficked industries like finance and healthcare. Later, we'll tackle one of the thorniest problems facing investors: how to assign a reliable value to gold. Whether you're a confirmed gold bug or just a bystander trying to figure out whether you should invest in the yellow metal, my two-factor model can help you make an educated guess at where the bullion price may ultimately be headed. First, though, let's find out why the recent spell of fear-driven market turbulence is likely to give way to a quieter, more positive trend (at least for equities) in the remaining months of 2016—and how you can stay safe while profiting from the interlude of milder weather ahead. More »

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Hoard Some Cash

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:57:36 ET

Here comes the 'summer siesta'! Stocks have rallied smartly over the past four weeks, but the market's upward momentum is dissipating. Any day now, we can expect an interim top to be put in, followed by a 3%-5% pullback for the headline indexes in August. 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 »