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The Perils of Penny Stocks

Paul Allen understands all too well the pitfalls of purchasing penny stocks. Last spring, Allen, a 65-year-old retiree from Boston, invested in Vapor Hub International (symbol VHUB) after receiving a flood of...

The 7 Best ETFs for Dividends

Just how important are stock dividends? Over the long haul, these cash payouts have accounted for about 30% of overall U.S. market returns. In periods of poor performance, they've played an even larger role in...

2 Surprising Bargain Stocks for Value Investors

Ouch! I was prepared for some volatility when I invested in a skin-care company that relies on direct selling. But I really didn't expect to get skinned alive so soon after I bought the stock. For those of us who...

Stocks for Cashing in on the Online Travel Boom

"Travel agent" hasn't yet joined the list of jobs that have faded into memory, such as "carriage operator" and "gas station attendant." The stunning success of the companies that offer flights, hotel reservations...

8 Great Dividend Stocks You Never Heard Of

When you think of mighty dividend payers, some usual suspects may come to mind: Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald's, to name a few. These companies are considered Dividend Aristocrats, members of Standard &...

Why You Shouldn't Put All Your Money in Index...

Among mutual fund analysts, John Rekenthaler is one of the best. A Morningstar veteran, he writes a regular, must-read column. So I was surprised to read the first sentences of a recent piece: "Do active funds...

I'll Beat the Market Yet

For a few glorious moments the other day, the total return since inception of my Practical Investing portfolio surpassed that of its benchmark, Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (symbol VTI). However, a few days...

Juice Up Your Cash Returns

The name of this column includes the word cash, but it seems like forever since I last discussed the green stuff. The reason is plain. The average money market fund pays 0.01%, and three-month Treasury bills...

10 Worst ETFs

When SPDR S&P 500 ETF, the first exchange-traded fund, made its debut in 1993, Whitney Houston topped the charts, shoppers were snapping up Beanie Babies and Cheers was in its final season. The newfangled gizmo...

5 Stocks to Profit from Water's Scarcity

In coming decades, the words of the ancient Mariner are increasingly likely to seep into the world's consciousness: "Water, water everywhere, [but not a] drop to drink." Though lakes, seas and oceans blanket 71%...

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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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