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Investing

Is Your Portfolio Bulletproof?

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Which Sectors Are Attractive Right Now?

Wednesday evening marked the unofficial kick-off to earnings season, as Alcoa (NYSE: AA) reported its second-quarter results. While the aluminum producer gave the season a positive send-off (or "less negative," if we're frank), I'm not sure investors will find much cause for celebration as the results come in.

Can This Stock Be Gr-r-reat?

For risk-shy investors ducking into the pantry section of consumer staples, cereal king Kellogg (NYSE: K) is a natural idea. But food producers don't guarantee a safe investment; meat mavens Smithfield (NYSE: SFD) and Tyson (NYSE: TSN) have both posted negative average operating cash flow growth over the past five years. So with caution in mind, let's see whether the home of Tony the Tiger has earned its stripes.

Netflix Sleeps With the Frenemy

Is there any Web-tethered device that won't provide Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) subscribers access to their streaming celluloid in a few years?

4-Star Stocks on the Upswing

Sadly, there's no such thing as an ultimate buy signal when it comes to investing in stocks. Identifying companies with the wind at their backs takes time, patience, and a good dose of due diligence.

4-Star Stocks on the Upswing

Sadly, there's no such thing as an ultimate buy signal when it comes to investing in stocks. Identifying companies with the wind at their backs takes time, patience, and a good dose of due diligence.

Eggs, Cars, and Harems: Your Edge Can Beat the Market

Henry Ford never diversified, Bill Gates didn't diversify. The way to get rich is to put your eggs in one basket, but watch that basket very carefully. And make sure you have the right basket.
-- Jim Rogers

5-Star Stocks on the Upswing

Sadly, there's no such thing as an ultimate buy signal when it comes to investing in stocks. Identifying companies with the wind at their back takes time, patience, and a good dose of due diligence.

If You Think the Dollar Is Doomed, Read This

Warren Buffett has been called a sage, an oracle, and a genius. So when he says something as startling as the following, your ears should perk up: "In the future, I would predict that the U.S. dollar will decline. ... Force-feeding the rest of the world $2 billion a day is inconsistent with a stable dollar."

Let's Stop the Housing Crisis Once and for All

The housing crisis has caused incredible damage to the world's financial system. Property owners have lost trillions of dollars from falling real-estate values. Trillions more in losses have come from the stock market -- losses partially derived from the resulting lack of confidence in financial institutions, which has had a huge impact on people's retirement accounts and household savings.