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25 Stock Picks for an Aging Bull Market

It's the downside of up markets. The longer and higher share prices advance, the harder it is to find good companies selling at attractive prices. So with Standard & Poor's 500-stock index having more than...

7 Stocks to Buy and Hold for the Next 15 Years

My advice to investors has always been to buy stocks for the long term. What's long? When you purchase a stock, you should think of yourself as a partner in the business forever--or until you need the cash. But...

3 Reasons Investors Should Ignore the Doomsayers

A reader named Bill just e-mailed me to ask if he should dump some holdings. "I'm worried about all the things going on in the Middle East, Russia and Israel," he wrote. Beyond his general concern, he...

4 Foreign Funds to Profit from Global Turmoil

Terrorists are ravaging Syria and Iraq, stoking fears of an ever-wider conflict in the oil-rich Arab world. Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine, threatening to ignite an economic war with Europe. Eurozone...

5 Religion Funds for Faith-Based Investors

Mutual funds that practice faith-based investing may be no more exciting than a font of still holy water or the worn cover of a Koran. But over the years, these funds have proved that you don't have to sacrifice...

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 &...

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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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