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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:56:41 ET

Another day, another record—or is it just another extreme? Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average set another all-time high, ending 35 points in the green. More remarkable, though, from another point of view, the Dow closed at a record high for the tenth session in a row, the longest such streak since 1987. More »

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March 2017 Issue & Supplement

What time is it on the stock market clock? The prevailing Wall Street view would have you believe we're closer to breakfast than bedtime. But what's the real story? How much time, and how much distance, is left in this great bull run that began eight long years ago?

In this month's visit, I'll give you some perspective on where the market has come from, and where it might be going. I continue to be optimistic on stocks at least through mid-year, and perhaps for all of 2017. However, I see a few clouds gathering on the horizon. From now on, our investment strategy must include a constant focus on preserving capital through the next down phase of the market cycle–whenever that event may kick off. I'll spotlight four great, undervalued stocks with the potential to make index-beating profits, but I'll also introduce you to more than a half-dozen safe parking places for your 'can't lose' money, too. Later, I'll let you take a turn, firing your best questions at me. I'll answer your queries about how our Ten Minute Retirement Portfolio performed in 2016, the outlook for oil stocks, how to invest a widow's nest egg, and more. First, though, let's zoom in on the stock market's 'clock' for clues to the safest and most profitable ways to invest in the weeks and months ahead. 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 »