Stories & Features

6 Stocks to Cash In on the Capital Spending Boom

Ever since the start of the economic recovery, forecasters have been waiting for corporate America to go on a spending spree for everything from heavy machinery to expensive software. After all, making capital...

4 Ways the Strong U.S. Dollar Helps Investors

The news about the dollar's brute strength is giving the Federal Reserve a run for the money for the attention of Wall Street commentators and yield-seeking investors. But unlike 99% of the palaver about the Fed,...

2015 Outlook for Investors

Just a few months away from its sixth birthday, this bull market is a senior citizen. It's already the fourth longest of the past four decades. But the old charger still has plenty of vigor, supported by a...

Boost Returns With Bond Index Funds

If the core of your fixed-income portfolio is a plain-vanilla index fund tracking the most widely used U.S. bond-market benchmark, you may be taking on more risk than you realize. But that doesn't mean you should...

Best Mutual Funds for Aggressive Investors

Think your portfolio is too tame? Does it mostly contain blue chips and electric utility stocks and not enough racy tech and biotech stocks? Maybe it's time to boost your level of aggression in search of bigger...

How to Be a Better Investor

The essential books for any investor include classics such as Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor and Peter Lynch's One Up on Wall Street. To this library,...

The Fed's Rate Forecast Is Too High

The Dot Plot. It sounds like a nefarious scheme hatched in a spy novel. But its power to move markets is greater than any other piece of data released by the Federal Reserve at meetings of its Federal Open Market...

Five Ways to Cash In on Corporate Spin-offs

The U.S. divorce rate has fallen over time, but many companies are calling it splitsville. Increasingly, U.S. companies are spinning off parts of their businesses and giving shareholders stock in these newly...

Why This Bull Market Will Keep Running

Jim Stack says this is no time to sell stocks. Even though we're more than 5½ years into a bull market, he believes low oil prices and low interest rates, along with rising consumer and business confidence,...

Best Online Brokers, 2014

Investing through an online broker is a slam dunk: It's easy and fees are reasonable. The hard part is zeroing in on the broker that's right for you. Looking for the firm with the lowest commissions? Or the one...

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Basics of Money

6 Reasons You Hate Your Cable Company

There's a very good chance that you and your cable company aren't on good terms. According to a recent...

Dodging Airline Fees the Hard Way

Fees for everything from checked baggage to a few extra inches of legroom account for a generous...

New Rules for (Some) Flexible Spending Accounts

I heard that employers can now let people roll over $500 in their medical flexible spending accounts...

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