• Sleepless in Seattle

    Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:34:55 ET

    For a visitor from Mars, it would seem we've just closed out a snoozer of a quarter. The institutional benchmark for the U.S. stock market, the S&P 500 index, gained less than half of 1% for the period. But there were plenty of nocturnal noises to jolt investors out of any sweet dreams! More »

  • Buying Time for Crude

    Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:10:58 ET

    Civil war in Yemen! Undoubtedly, the world would be a better place if the price of oil (WTI) had jumped $2.22 a barrel today -- to $51.43, basis the May futures -- for other reasons. For beleaguered energy investors, though, Saudi Arabia's intervention in the Yemeni conflict does yield a side benefit, however unintended. More »

  • Change That Avoids Pain

    Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:28:20 ET

    'Why so many changes?' asks a friend. It seems we've been shuffling quite a few pieces in our model portfolio of late. But there's a method to it all. More »

Latest Issue

  • April 2015 Issue

    Here comes Janet Yellen with her tiny tap hammer! After more than six years of fastening interest rates to the floor (near zero on short-term money), the Federal Reserve is about to start prying the tacks up. Slowly. Gently. For many kinds of stocks and some bonds, that's great news. But not for all.

    In this month's visit, I'll help you get a handle on who the winners and losers are likely to be. Hint: If you want to beat rising rates, even slowly rising ones, you need investments that can produce a more and more bountiful cash flow, year after year. Later, we'll revisit a favorite theme of mine over the years: so-called "balanced" or all-weather mutual funds. One of my early picks in this space has rocketed nearly 750%. (It's still a buy.) First, though, let's find out why, after all the hemming and hawing is done, the Fed really will get around to boosting interest rates later this year—and what you can do to build wealth in a stress-free manner as we transition to the new era just ahead. 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 »