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8 Risky Stocks That Are Worth the Risk

Want big returns? Take on big risks. So goes the inescapable calculus of investing. With so many investors focused on safety and income these days, we decided to take a contrarian approach by looking for risky...

What's the Better Value: Amazon.com or Alphabet?

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is beating Alphabet Inc (GOOGL, GOOG) when it comes to stock performance, up 14.1% year-to-date compared to 2.7% for Google's parent. The same story plays out over one-year, three-year,...

6 Critical Investment Questions

Someone much wiser than me once said that if you don't know where you're going, any path will get you there. This couldn't be truer than when it comes to investing. And often it will be a lot more dangerous. So...

It's a Bad Time to Invest in S&P 500 Index Funds

Over time, most actively managed funds fail to beat Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. No one with any sense questions that. But the S&P 500 has been on a tear over the past few years, making it difficult for...

7 Good Energy Stocks for Your Retirement Portfolio

Retirement investors want sure things. There isn't enough time to make up for stocks that just fall into the ground, never to return. So considering how awful energy has been for the past couple of years, it's...

Investors, Look for Buying Opportunities While...

If there was ever any doubt that we would end the year without a big interest rate hike, it's probably been erased by now. Still, investors should keep an eye on the Federal Reserve because their actions--or...

3 Stocks to Kick to the Curb

When asked what I thought about the stock market the other day, I said that I didn't think much of it at all. That's not my usual response, but earnings are weak, valuations are higher and central bank policy is...

Dividend-Paying Tech Stocks You Can Buy at...

We went looking for big-name stocks with above-average dividend yields and below-average price-earnings ratios. Some on Wall Street call them YARP stocks, for yield at a reasonable price. With help from research...

3 Bargain Tech Stocks Paying Good Dividends

We went looking for big-name stocks with above-average dividend yields and below-average price-earnings ratios. Some on Wall Street call them YARP stocks, for yield at a reasonable price. With help from research...

The Best Bond Alternative No One Is Talking About

What is the job of a bond in your portfolio? When you think about it, bonds have two primary roles in a well-balanced portfolio.See Also: Variable Annuities Are Guaranteed Income With a Catch Role #1 is to...

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The Etiquette of Fundraising

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7 Good Reasons to Change Your Will

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