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Live Chat With the Fool: 24 Hours of Foolishness

Over the past few years, we've had numerous live chats here at the Fool, but we've never attempted what we're going to do today: a 24-hour live chat.From 8 a.m. ET today (Tuesday) to 8 a.m. ET Wednesday, we will be answering your questions while raising money for charity.

Big Picture: A Completely Broken Tax System

Two months ago, Bloomberg showed how Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) uses a host of loopholes to bring its tax rate down to 2.4%. According to Forbes, General Electric (NYSE: GE) made $10.3 billion in pre-tax income in 2009, but didn't pay a dime to the Internal Revenue Service.

FedEx to Investors: Honest! The Check's in the Mail!

After initially plummeting on an anemic earnings report yesterday, FedEx (NYSE: FDX) shares rebounded to end the day notching a 2% gain. Fast-forward fewer than 24 hours, though, and FedEx has already given back yesterday's winnings as investors think, rethink, and re-rethink what the report actually told them. So which is it, Fools? Should FedEx fly, or did it fumble its fiscal Q2 2011 earnings report?

The Stimulus Package That's Free to Taxpayers

Buried deep in the tax package being shoved through Congress is a much-needed stimulus for the solar industry. It is an extension to the 1603 Program, a grant program for "green energy" projects started during the original stimulus package. The program includes everything from solar and wind to geothermal.

Gannett's Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you're a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth.

Power Up Your Investments!

The energy sector can be one of the most stable places to invest money over the long term. Oil, electricity, and natural gas are not items people are willing to quickly cut back on, even in a recession. But in such a stable business, finding growth stocks isn't always easy. Here are a few stocks I'm watching that might give investors some growth in energy.

Come Prospecting for a Golden Nugget of Truth

Eureka! That's what you're supposed to scream when you unearth a golden nugget. Here in the investment world, a single nugget of truth can be worth its weight in gold.Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG) has exhibited an uncanny knack for extracting priceless nuggets of truth from the torrential streams of data and analysis that flood the investment landscape.

Don't Buy a Company, Buy a CEO

At its core, investing in a great company means investing in the people who work there. At most companies, there's no one more important to investors than the CEO. When things go well, we shower the CEO with praise. When things go poorly, we bash the CEO incessantly for whatever flaws we can find.

1 Outstanding Value in a Miserable Industry

What companies are tomorrow's big winners? In our ongoing series, I'm chatting with Fool analysts and advisors to discover the stocks they're watching and the catalysts that would signal it's time to buy. Today, Motley Fool analyst Paul Chi shares an undervalued company that sits at the top of his watchlist. (For your convenience, you can now create your own version at, your free customized hub to follow the performance and Fool coverage of the companies you care about.)

1 Long and 1 Short Idea from WikiLeaks

If you're willing to put aside the political controversy surrounding WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, and read the diplomatic dispatches the group released, you'll find a number of interesting investing insights. Here are two worth acting on today: