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  • Fear! Panic! Terror!

    Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:06:30 ET

    It's amusing how quickly moods can change in the financial markets. Less than a month ago, investors were marveling at Europe's ultra-low government bond yields. (On April 8, Switzerland auctioned a 10-year note at a negative interest rate, the first time lenders had ever agreed to pay a sovereign to take money off their hands for a full decade.) More »

  • Cinderella Stocks

    Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:52:47 ET

    Sometimes investing can be fun. Yes, real, honest-to-goodness fun -- as when one of your neglected and seemingly unremarkable Cinderella stocks gets transformed overnight into the belle of the ball! More »

  • Bits of Dry Land

    Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:57:56 ET

    Where are the islands of safety in today's stock market? They seem to be getting fewer, and farther between. Like it or not, that's a natural consequence of the relentless upward drive of the headline indexes. With the S&P 500 on the cusp of breaking out to a new all-time high, there are simply fewer bargain-priced stocks today than a month ago, or three months ago. More »

Latest Issue

  • May 2015 Issue & Supplement

    Glide or crash? Big-name investors these days are locked in a heated debate. Can the economy and stock market continue their slow, steady advance in 2015—or is a severe relapse coming? I don't want you biting your fingernails, so I'll tell you up front: I think the bears are overdoing it. Again.

    In this month's visit, I'll explain what the naysayers are overlooking (and what the risks still are). I'll also steer you to three of my top-rated dividend-paying stocks in today's market. It may surprise you to find it's still possible to earn an ultra-safe dividend yield of 3% or more, with the prospect of as much as 50% capital appreciation in the next few years. Later, we'll revisit our Ten-Minute Retirement Portfolio, a simplified fund portfolio I introduced a year ago to provide a basic asset-allocation strategy for retirees (and folks nearing retirement). So far, the portfolio is delivering nicely on its promise, letting you withdraw a reasonable amount of cash to live on without devouring your principal. First, though, let's find out why it still makes sense to take an upbeat view of stocks and the economy—and how you can guide your portfolio safely and profitably through any near-term air pockets. 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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