Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:17:54 ET
Turmoil in the financial markets is shifting more and more investors' thoughts to safety. And with good reason: While stocks have put on a few strong daily showings since the January 20 climactic bottom, the rebound overall has proved less dynamic than the bulls might have hoped. More »
Grab your foul-weather gear. More squalls are on the way! Wall Street's talking heads are pulling their hair out, trying to make sense of the stock market's poor January start (the worst since daily records have been kept). For us, though, the plunging Dow provides just one more confirmation of what we've been suspecting since last summer—that global economic growth may be faltering and, with it, the post-2009 bull market for stocks.
In this month's visit, I'll show you how to deal with this challenging new reality. It's time to take concrete measures to protect yourself. We're raising cash and narrowing our buy list to a handful of fortress-like companies that hold out a decent chance of making money for us even in a down market. Later, for the more aggressive traders among us, I'll walk you through three of the most effective techniques to hedge your stock market risk. If, as I expect, the headline indexes give us a bounce during February or March, we'll look to put on some of these hedges. First, though, let's find out why the January turmoil in the financial markets represents something more than a garden-variety 'correction'—and how you can realign your portfolio to preserve wealth (maybe even increase it) during this stormy season. More »
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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My single biggest equity purchase success was Public Storage several years back...however, on an ongoing basis, I primarily sell out-of-the money puts using Richards' equity purchase recommendations; I rarely buy the equity itself. I don't have a profit $ totaled, but I can't remember a loss using this approach. Thanks, Richard! All profits support my wife and me in retirement!
–C. Wilson, Lakewood, Colorado