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3 Values in Consumer Staples Stocks

Consumer staples stocks are supposed to be bastions of stability, regardless of economic conditions. But over the past year, as Standard & Poor's 500-stock index rose 16.5%, staples stocks within the index...

Free Trades on Low-Cost Funds

Guide to Scoring the Best Deals in 2018 Disrupter Deal: The Instant Pot Get the Real Deal for Less Best Bets for Grocery Delivery Top Tech Bargains for 2018 Refurbished and Open-Box Deals Disrupter Deal:...

10 Cool Things Your Google Home Smart Speaker...

Search giant Google says its AI-powered voice assistant, Google Assistant, can do more than 1 million actions. And all it takes is an "OK Google" with the company's Google Home smart speaker. It's a genius move...

How to Invest Intelligently: Work Smart, Not Hard

Every month or so, I get a call or an email from an investor who sold all his or her stocks during the 2007-09 market meltdown - often sidestepping most of the damage - but has never gotten back into stocks.The...

More Gains in Store for Homebuilders

The housing market reached a milestone in January that almost no one noticed. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Composite, an index that tracks average home prices in 20 U.S. cities, finally rose above the record...

6 Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever

Warren Buffett once said, "Our favorite holding period is forever." Although "forever" may be an exaggeration (even for Buffett), it would certainly make investing simpler if you could buy good stocks and then...

The 7 Highest-Rated Dividend Aristocrats

The Dividend Aristocrats are an elite group of 53 stocks that have at least one thing in common: They have raised their annual payout in at least each of the past 25 years, if not longer. But just because a...

Variable-Rate Investments Can Buoy Your Portfolio

Variable-rate bank-loan funds, such as Fidelity Floating Rate High Income (symbol FFRHX, yield 3.7%) and Eaton Vance Floating Rate (EABLX, 3.8%), have delivered positive returns while the broad bond market has...

Parnassus Mid Cap Fund Suffers a Toothache

A member of the Kipilnger 25, our favorite no-load mutual funds, Parnassus Mid Cap (PARMX), which invests in growing midsize firms and boasts a 10-year record that beats 94% of mid-cap growth funds, is in a slump...

Hodges Small Cap Fund Is Back on Track

At last check, the team at Hodges Small Cap (HDPSX) had found only 48 stocks they liked well enough to own--but not for lack of looking. Because small-capitalization stocks (by the fund's definition, those with...

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