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  • You Don't Need Ya Mama

    Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:35:18 ET

    Don't cling to Ma Yellen's apron strings! Investors have become childishly dependent on soothing words from the Federal Reserve–and when the central bank offered no new assurances at Wednesday's policy meeting, the kindergarten crowd rushed to dump stocks in the last two hours of trade. More »

  • The Earnings Blizzard

    Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:28:19 ET

    Today's big snowstorm (a blizzard in places) brought the Northeast grinding to a halt. As you can see from this post, though, the slogging hasn't stopped me from blogging. Nor did it prevent a blizzard of market-moving earnings reports from hitting Wall Street. More »

  • A Trillion Here, a Trillion There

    Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:13:33 ET

    Well, we got the new 'quantitative easing' program from the European Central Bank. Today, ECB President Mario Draghi unveiled a plan to purchase 60 billion euros a month of public and private sector bonds, starting in March. More »

Latest Issue

  • February 2015 Issue

    Stock investors feel torn. Jobs and wages are trending up in the USA, a hopeful omen. Yet the plunge in oil prices since last summer, along with a few weaker than expected economic numbers in recent weeks, raises doubts about the outlook for global growth. Uncharacteristically for the season, the S&P 500 index fell sharply from late December through mid-January. Faced with such uncertainty, how do you deploy your money wisely?

    Some gurus—those who pretend to know the future with precision—advise you to pick a scenario ("Stocks Will Crash In 2015!") and bet all your chips on it. We've got a better solution. In this month's visit, I'll share it with you. In the issue, I'll outline four steps you can take right now to bear-proof your portfolio and enhance your profits this year. Along the way, I'll point you to a safe dividend-paying stock that I expect to chalk up a 20% or greater return in the next 12 months. Across the pond, I'm turning up some exceptional values in the British stock market. Later, I'll show how to cushion yourself against a possible decline in today's lofty (and risky) stock market. First, though, let's find out how you can lower your own risks while still growing your wealth at a rate that will let you comfortably achieve your longterm goals. More »

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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 »

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