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Yum! Brands' 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 you give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth.

3 Ways to Play Brazil

Thanks to a rapidly growing middle class, above-average expected gross domestic product growth, significant natural resources, and an increasingly friendly business climate, investor interest in Brazil is on the rise. And that's a smart move. At Motley Fool Global Gains, we advise investors to have 9% to 16% exposure to Latin America, with investments in Brazil representing the core of that position. So what are some stocks you can buy today to get you that exposure? Here is a handful to get you started:

Why Currencies Matter to You

When you think of a risky investment market, stocks immediately come to mind. Yet amid a turbulent roller-coaster ride for stocks lately, the currency markets have seen even more volatility in recent months. The dollar's big moves could have a big impact not just on the investors who trade currencies but also shareholders of ordinary companies.

Domino's Magic Formula

Do you want to invest in stocks but find that you have too many demands on your time to research companies? You have a demanding job, want to spend time with your family, and have a hobby or two.

This Week's 5 Dumbest Stock Moves

Stupidity is contagious. It gets us all from time to time. Even respectable companies can catch it. As I do every week, let's take a look at five dumb financial events that may make your head spin.

Yum! Brands yanks ad and apologizes

Louisville -- Yum! Brands, parent company for KFC, said a television ad that ran in Australia and was criticized by the Rev. Jesse Jackson had been pulled off the air.

Chief public affairs officer for Yum! Brands Jonathan Blum said, "we apologize," for an ad that showed a white sports fan calming rival fans at a cricket match, who are black, by presenting a bucket of KFC chicken to a boisterous crowd.

"Need a tip when you're stuck in an awkward situation?" the voice-over asks. "Too easy. KFC's crowd pleaser. A huge variety of delicious chicken and plenty of tasty sides," the voice-over continues, the Louisville, Ky., Courier-Journal reported Thursday.