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Pause and Reflect

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:12:31 ET

It's Thanksgiving week again, and time to pause and reflect on our many blessings. Investment returns are only a small part of the total picture, of course, but 2017 has been another good year, on balance, for us at Profitable Investing. More »

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December 2017 Issue

What's safe in today's investment world? And what isn't? Amid skyrocketing prices for hyper-growth stocks like Amazon, Facebook and Netflix, many investors are feeling tempted to set their money on autopilot. Buy an index fund studded with these dazzling names and just walk away, right? The tactic has worked beautifully in 2017. How could you lose? In this month's visit, I'll point out the huge risks being taken by carefree stock bulls who say, "The less I pay attention, the more I make."

Along the way, I'll introduce you to four value-packed companies, and three exchange-traded funds, poised to deliver superior double-digit returns over not only the next 12 months but the next three to five years as well. This month marks the 15th birthday of our ever-popular Incredible Dividend Machine. Since 2002, the Machine has more than tripled the wealth of retirees and other income-oriented subscribers who have taken advantage of the program. See how you can harness the IDM to build your own fortune in the issue. Later, I'll help you enact your own do-it-yourself tax cut before December 31. No need to wait for Congress! First, though, let's find out why simply "buying the market" could backfire on its practitioners in 2018—and how you can build wealth aplenty with real safety in the 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 »