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10 Best Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2017

High-quality dividend stocks never go out of style for long-term investors, and there is no shortage of stocks with high yields and bright prospects for 2017, from telecommunications companies embracing the...

This Stumbling Biotech Stock Still Has a Lot...

For stock pickers, as for quarterbacks, a 67% completion rate is just dandy. That's how I feel about the three stocks I added to the Practical Investing portfolio over the past year. I hit pay dirt with two of...

A Value Fund Leaps Ahead of Its Rivals

Value investing may not be dead after all. After a lousy 2015, in which mutual funds that focus on cheap U.S. stocks of all sizes shed an average of 4.7%, bargain hunters have rebounded impressively. Over the...

The Best Dividend Stocks in the Dow Averages

It's been a strange year for high-yielding stocks. In the first half of 2016, the Dow Jones utility average, a proxy for hefty dividend payers, was a market leader, rising 26%. Since then, however, it has tumbled...

6 Vanguard Index Funds to Buy and Hold Forever

Some people, including me, love to study the ins and outs of investments. Fortunately for those who don't, investing for retirement can be remarkably simple. If you're looking for a simple yet first-class...

Why Interest Rates Matter

What do interest rates represent? An interest rate is the cost of borrowing money, typically expressed as an annualized percentage rate. Take out a $100 loan at a 10% rate and you'll owe $10 a year in interest....

Investors, How Much Risk Can You Stand?

The investing world is full of unknowns these days. We're grappling with a new--and very different--administration in Washington, along with more-familiar concerns about the economy, corporate earnings and...

Dodge & Cox Stock Comes Roaring Back

The title of our story in January 2014 couldn't have been more spot-on: Why Sticking With Dodge & Cox Stock Pays Off. The 51-year-old fund (symbol DODGX), which has a history of alternating periods of good...

How to Build a Retirement Strategy While...

You hear it all the time: No pain, no gain. Or when it comes to investing: No risk, no reward. You learn about a guy who made a killing on some hot stock, and you think if you don't make that same kind of bold...

27 Best Stocks for 2017

Amid a dense fog of uncertainty, an aging bull will have to find its footing in 2017. Rarely has the way forward been so obscured by the murky policies of a new political regime, as well as by questions about...

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Basics of Money

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...

FAQs About Health Savings Accounts

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

Master the Money Market

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

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