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Cooling the Flames

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:27:23 ET

Stocks took a breather today, with the Standard & Poor's 500 index closing down a mild two points (.09%). The pause came none too soon, either. After scoring five record closes in a row, the institutional benchmark was way overheated. More »

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February 2017 Issue

From Election Day to January 19, president-in-waiting Donald Trump teased the media and tweeted up a storm. Investors scurried to figure out what his messages might mean. But now, President-elect Trump is President Trump. He’s making real decisions with the force of law. The Trump drama is taking a new turn, with lasting consequences for your pocketbook and portfolio.

In this month's visit, I’ll flesh out for you one central truth that will help you understand (and profit from) the financial impact of the Trump presidency. It has less to do with Trump’s announced policies than with Trump himself. Once you grasp the importance of this motif and how it works, you’ll be ready to invest confidently in the stocks and equity funds I recommend in this issue. Later, I’ll clear up a question I’ve heard from several subscribers: Does our “balanced” (stocks plus bonds) investment strategy still make sense in today's market? The answer, in a word, is yes. But there are four things you need to do differently if you want to succeed as a balanced investor today. First, though, let’s find out what it is, at the most basic level, that makes the Donald tick—and how you can use this intelligence to guide your investments safely and profitably through the drama ahead in 2017. 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 »