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  • 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 »

  • Don't Miss Out

    Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:08:08 ET

    I read my subscriber mail carefully, and it's sending a message. A lot of folks are scared -- some frantically so -- about the decline in oil and junk bonds, and about the generally unsettled state of the world. All I can say is, thank you! More »

  • Struggling for a Base

    Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:12:58 ET

    Oil is still struggling, but a base may be forming. As the business day opened in New York, it looked as if Texas tea might be able to build on Wednesday's hefty 5.6% rally. Unfortunately for the bulls, though, an early spike above $51 a barrel quickly faded, and the February WTI futures contract sagged to $46.21 at 4 pm ET. 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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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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