Stories & Features

A Takeover Boosts My Portfolio

Five years ago, while still investing the $200,000 I used to launch the Practical Investing portfolio, I was searching for a good small company to add to a collection that consisted mostly of big, well-known...

How IBM's Watson Can Help Cut Your Tax Bill

Computers have helped people wade through their tax returns for decades. Preparers at H&R Block this season will get some help, too. But a computer won't just crunch the numbers. Rather, it will probe your return...

The 4 Best Stock Funds for the Next Bear Market

Since the presidential election, the stock market has been like a long, lovely summer day. The sky is blue, there's barely a breeze--and everything is coming up roses. Indeed, Standard & Poor's 500-stock index...

Investors: How to Protect Yourself From...

The Department of Labor's much-debated fiduciary rule -- which was scheduled to go into effect in April -- had its opponents from Day One. SEE ALSO: When Merely Being 'Suitable' is Not Enough The rule, which...

Why Warren Buffett Loves Fed Rate Hikes

The Federal Reserve raised its target of the federal-funds rate, the interest rate banks charge each other for overnight loans, by a quarter point to a range of 0.75% to 1%, and that's great news for Warren...

How Investors Can Spot the Next Steve Jobs: 5 Tips

When thinking about which companies are worth investing in, people usually look for a strong balance sheet and positive cash flow, but before delving too deeply into the company's bottom line, they should take a...

Harding Loevner Delivers Two Winning...

In recent years, U.S. investors would have done well to avoid the rest of the world. But after years of poor results, foreign stocks are now a lot cheaper than their U.S. counterparts, enhancing their appeal for...

Best Bank Stocks to Own as the Fed Hikes...

It looks all but certain that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates when it concludes its two-day meeting on March 15. Bank stocks are traditional beneficiaries of higher interest rates, but...

6 Stocks That Stand to Gain From Higher...

A Federal Reserve rate hike appears all but certain on the heels of February's strong jobs report. But financial stocks, traditional beneficiaries of higher interest rates, have already rallied mightily since the...

Trump-like Executive Actions to Take for Your...

During his inaugural address, President Donald Trump said, "From this day forward, it's going to be only America first." Like his campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, this call to action resonated with a...

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Basics of Money

FAQs About Health Savings Accounts

As employers search for ways to lower their health care costs, they're encouraging employees to sign...

How to Save for Retirement If You Don't Have a...

For millions of Americans, a 401(k) plan is an essential item in the employee playbook. As far as...

Master the Money Market

The money market is a collective name that describes all the different ways in which governments,...

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