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Bank Stocks Recovering, Undervalued

Profits are up as banks are avoiding shaky loans.

Natural Gas Stocks Poised to Rebound

Excess supplies are helping to hold down prices, so natural gas is becoming more attractive for many users.

Invest in Stocks to Take Advantage of Positive Economic Developments

Invest in Stocks to Take Advantage of Positive Economic Developments

The S&P 500 stock index has returned 10.2% annually during the past three years and the Barclays Capital Aggregate bond index only returned 5.7%.

Dividend Reinvestment Can Be a Stable Source of Long-Term Returns

Dividend Reinvestment Can Be a Stable Source of Long-Term Returns

Investors have been pouring into stocks that produce dividend payments. Reliable performers reward shareholders with quarterly dividend checks year after year.

Companies That Pay Dividends Can Be a Sound Investment Strategy

Many dividend companies are mature businesses with a rich cash flow.

With Cash-Holding Funds In Your Portfolio, Diversify Your Assets

With Cash-Holding Funds In Your Portfolio, Diversify Your Assets

A growing number of flexible mutual funds advocate a different strategy—selling stocks and shifting to cash when conditions warrant.

Shifting Economy Prompts Financial Advisors to Rethink Diversification

Shifting Economy Prompts Financial Advisors to Rethink Diversification

For years, many financial advisors gave clients standard advice: Buy a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds and hold it through up and down markets.

Cash-Holding Funds May Limit Losses in Downturns

Instead of a buy-and-hold approach, a growing number of flexible mutual funds sell stocks and shift to cash when conditions look hazardous.

Fundamental Index Funds Provide More Consistent Picture of Stock's Value

Fundamental Index Funds Provide More Consistent Picture of Stock's Value

By weighing stocks on basic financial measures, fundamental funds are beating traditional benchmarks.

Bargain Price Stocks for Technology Companies

Bargain Price Stocks for Technology Companies

In recent months, investors have been eagerly pursuing shares of Facebook, Groupon, and other hot technology companies.

Target-Date Funds Enable Investors to Own a Diverse Portfolio

Target-Date Funds Enable Investors to Own a Diverse Portfolio

The fund you should pick depends on your tolerance for volatility. Either aggressive or cautious funds can work. Pick one that suits your temperament.

Conservative Investors, Consumer Companies in a Sluggish Economy

Conservative Investors, Consumer Companies in a Sluggish Economy

Make no mistake: Consumer stocks do not lead the markets every year. During bull markets, investors often ignore consumer goods, which may seem dull compared to technology or finance. But over the long haul, consumer stocks tend to deliver competitive results.

Putting Money Into Mutual Funds

Putting Money Into Mutual Funds

Hotel occupancy is improving, and office rents are climbing in strong markets such as New York and Washington, D.C.

Many Japanese Companies Strong Despite Earthquake and Tsunami

After the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, markets sank throughout Asia. Investors worried that the devastation would disrupt power producers and hurt a wide range of manufacturers. But some money managers argue that the pessimism is excessive.

Protect Eroding Nest Eggs

Investors worried about inflation should consider owning commodity stocks, including gold, oil, and coal.

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