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Sector Spotlight: When Do Materials Make Sense?

Sector Spotlight: When Do Materials Make Sense?

Unless they were shorting stocks, most investors sprinted away from commodity-related investments in 2015. And for good reason: the S&P GSCI Total Return Index, the leading commodities index, suffered a 32.9% loss in 2015, its fourth-biggest shortfall since 1970 and its first straight three-year deficit, wiping out 55.6% over that period. But don’t let that ...

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Sector Spotlight: Health Care Deserves a Close Exam for 2016
February 1, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Health Care Deserves a Close Exam for 2016

Last year the health care sector pumped out fit vital signs as one of the best-performing sectors of the 10 in the S&P 500 (SPX). Can this traditionally defensive ...

Dividend Increases: An Indicator for Stock Strength?
January 28, 2016

Dividend Increases: An Indicator for Stock Strength?

If it’s true that investing is preparing for what comes after the paycheck stops, dividend investing could offer a way to capitalize on time and return on investment ...

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Sector Spotlight: Are Utilities Still Good Defense?
January 26, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Are Utilities Still Good Defense?

Often called "widows and orphans" stocks, the utilities sector has long been regarded as a defensive play that allows income-seeking investors to park their cash in ...

Sector Spotlight: Consumer Discretionary Spending & Outlook
January 25, 2016

Sector Spotlight: Consumer Discretionary Spending & Outlook

Consumers wined, dined, and bought lots of new cars last year, fueling the consumer discretionary stock sector to double-digit gains in a not-so-glamorous run ...

Is the Stock Market’s ‘January Barometer’ a Reliable Indicator?
January 5, 2016

Is the Stock Market’s ‘January Barometer’ a Reliable Indicator?

As volatility rips through global markets to start the new year, some traders may look to forecast the 2016 market climate—that’s right, the whole year—by week's end ...

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Need Inspiration? New Year’s Resolutions—Money Edition
January 4, 2016

Need Inspiration? New Year’s Resolutions—Money Edition

New Year’s resolutions—a much-debated tradition that draws equal numbers of fans (great time for a fresh start, goal-setting can pay off) and critics ...

A Stock-Pickers' Market for 2016? Learn to Hone Your Selection Skill
December 29, 2015

A Stock-Pickers' Market for 2016? Learn to Hone Your Selection Skill

As the S&P 500 (SPX) looks ready to close 2015 barely changed from where it started the year, its churning begs the question: Could 2016 be a year for stock ...

Buybacks and Dividends Surge: Will the Trend Continue?
December 28, 2015

Buybacks and Dividends Surge: Will the Trend Continue?

U.S. corporations have been stockpiling cash at rapid rates since the depths of the recession, and some shareholders are reaping the rewards because of ...

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Year-End Checklist: 10 Simple Income Tax Tips
December 23, 2015

Year-End Checklist: 10 Simple Income Tax Tips

Earlier this year, NerdWallet surveyed Americans and found that the average adult gets a 50 percent, a failing grade, on personal finance questions related to ...

Investing Review and Outlook: The Year of the Dollar
December 17, 2015

Investing Review and Outlook: The Year of the Dollar

Investing can be different from one year to the next. Asset classes and stock sectors that were market leaders can turn out to be the biggest losers the ...

There's Still Time: 5 Tax and Investing Moves Before Year End
December 10, 2015

There's Still Time: 5 Tax and Investing Moves Before Year End

The looming calendar flip means different things to different investors, depending on age, portfolio makeup, long-run goals, and more. It’s always best to check ...

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Will the OPEC Decision Ripple Through the Stock Market?
December 9, 2015

Will the OPEC Decision Ripple Through the Stock Market?

The beaten-down energy stock sector drew little relief after a decision last week from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to maintain ...

Worried About the Economy? Auto Sales May Say Otherwise
November 17, 2015

Worried About the Economy? Auto Sales May Say Otherwise

Concerns about how a Chinese slowdown or a Federal Reserve interest rate hike could impact economic growth continue to swirl in financial markets. But ...

Election Pt 3: What a White House Republican Could Mean for Stocks
November 16, 2015

Election Pt 3: What a White House Republican Could Mean for Stocks

As the race for the top job in the U.S. heats up and politicking and polling become more intense, the next presidential election opens the door for a potential ...

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Ignore the In-Crowd? Explaining the Popularity Premium in Stocks
November 12, 2015

Ignore the In-Crowd? Explaining the Popularity Premium in Stocks

Popularity is a social magnet for people, products, and yes, even stocks. But it turns out, according to two investment theory researchers, that stocks with status ...

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