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  • Quotes and Investing: Markets and Trucks

    By Mohammed Shaaban - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: ^DJI, RSP, ^GSPC, VXUS, VTI

    Over the Weekend, I had the pleasure of reading this piece 50 Fascinating Things I have Read Lately  by Fool Writer Morgan Housel. As the title implies, It features 50 interesting quotes from different publications. It was a real joy to read which added a lot of perspective. As I was reading I noticed that some of these quotes are relevant to the investing world -- even if they weren't more »

  • The Domini 400 Social Index: Outperforming the S&P 500

    By Kyle Goodwin - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: DSEFX, GCEQX, DSI, ^GSPC

    If Jane Goodall decided to adventure on Wall Street instead of Tanzania and invested in a mutual fund, what fund would she invest in? Would her intense commitment to preserving the environment limit her investments and returns on the market? Before you dismiss me as being the greatest fool (yes, a lowercase "f") blogging for the Motley Fool, you are going to want to hear about the story and performance more »

  • Invest Like Buffett, You'll Be Pleased

    By Brendan Marasco - June 25, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, KO, ^GSPC, WMT

    If past successes are any indicator of future performance, some companies will continue to please investors. Unlike Buffett and other value or fundamentalist investors, many investors look for immediate gratification. As a result, long term investors are provided the opportunity to potentially buy low and wait until their investments multiply.

    The effects of a short term focus

    Last Wednesday, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve announced that the Fed may more »

  • How to Ride the End of QE With These 2 Banks

    By John McKenna - June 9, 2013 | Tickers: GS, JPM, ^GSPC

    Ever since I started writing for this website, I have been paying close attention to how the stock market responds to big government policy decisions. One thing that stuck out the most was how the Federal Reserve’s actions had such a deep impact on the stock market, most notably in regards to the Federal Funds rate. Recently, the Federal Reserve has kept the rate at historical lows to stimulate more »

  • 3 Shining Stars That Will Stand the Test of Time

    By Brendan Marasco - June 9, 2013 | Tickers: GDX, NEM, ^RUT, ^GSPC, GLD

    Those who do not emphasize asset allocation will get burned. Others will earn a fortune. Consider these staggering statistics:

    An over-inflated balloon

    The American government continues on a massive spending spree. No one can fully predict to what extent the repercussions will affect our economy. However, assets are extremely expensive as the equity market and money supply are becoming increasingly inflated. Simply looking at the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPCmore »)

  • Regretting Selling-in-May? You May Not Want to Give Up on It..Yet.

    By Todd Campbell - May 30, 2013 | Tickers: TLT, IWM, ^GSPC, ITE

    During the past month, some have scoffed at the Sell in May indicator. Equity markets have rallied sharply in May with the S&P 500 Index ETF (SPY) increasing by nearly 3.5%. But, before you abandon the age old Wall Street adage, you may want to keep the following in mind.

    First, just because markets moved higher in May doesn't mean they'll necessarily go higher in June more »

  • Reasons to Stay Bullish on the S&P 500

    By Richard Cox - May 24, 2013 | Tickers: CAG, TAP, ^GSPC

    The main story in the financial markets for the second quarter has been the historic bull push in the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC). Prices have seen a steady run higher in recent weeks, with no real examples of corrective pullbacks to the downside. Investors looking to buy-in at bargain prices are likely to feel as though the “train has left the station,” and that it is impossible at this more »

  • These Stocks Beat the Market in Q1 and Could Climb Higher

    By Harsh Chauhan - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: CREE, GA, MU, ^GSPC

    The markets have been off to a great start in 2013, with the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) gaining close to 12% in the first three months of the calendar year. Who would have thought that this was possible as 2012 drew to a close, with last minute wrangling over the fiscal cliff deal and the sticky situation in Europe? However, the stock market has rallied strongly, and those who more »

  • Build It and They will Buy

    By Christopher Sinnott - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: HD, LOW, ^GSPC

    The housing market rebound seems to be the best defensive and growth play today verse the S&P 500.   The last lagging sector, financials, poised for a rebound, unfortunately has been been put on hold due to the crisis in Cyprus banking.   As the Dow and Nasdaq continue this morning to decline with the Western Mediterranean uncertainty, get defensive.   If this market wants to continue it’s bull run, Home more »

  • Real assets, Real opportunities?

    By Vikki Geary - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: ^DJI, ^FTSE, ^GSPC

    Credit Suisse’s 2013 Yearbook paints the picture of an investment landscape that has changed beyond recognition over the past 50 years.

    Stocks, bonds and cash deposits treated our parents’ and grandparents’ generations very kindly indeed. Since 1950, the annualised real return on world equities was 6.8%; from 1980, it was 6.4%. For investors fortunate enough to be retiring today, equities have provided for many happy years of more »

  • How Bad Will Sequestration Be? Use This Ticker To Tell

    By Mitch Rubinstein - January 23, 2013 | Tickers: BLK, ^VIX 130522C00025000, ^GSPC, VOO

    In December we discussed a great way to take cover from the Fiscal Cliff. But the Cliff turned out to be a two-step bunny slope, and the first hill wasn't so bad for Wall Street. We're about midway towards the second hill and it's a great time to review what we've learned so far. First off, the stock market remains hard to predict in the short more »

  • Inflation Eases Despite Higher Food Prices, Will Market Rally Decelerate?

    By GC Mays - January 22, 2013 | Tickers: ^GSPC, SWY, WFM

    Inflation was flat in December. On an annual basis it has eased to 1.7%, down from 1.8% a month earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Report on consumer prices. Trips to the grocery store, however, weave a different story.

    Food prices have continued to march higher, rising for three consecutive months. Some food retailers like Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM) are passing these price increases on more »

  • INCOMING! How To Take Cover From The Fiscal Cliff

    By Mitch Rubinstein - December 5, 2012 | Tickers: BCS, BLK, ^GSPC, BND

    Unless you've been on a remote Forward Operating Base for the last three months, you've probably heard about the fiscal cliff that's coming our way. Taxes on personal income and investments will go up, and government spending will be trimmed. On the one hand, it's standard stuff for any government, corporation, or household that is spending more than they're taking in. On the other hand more »

  • Foolish Military Investors - Breaking Down The Key Step That Takes You From E-1 to Millionaire Painlessly

    By Mitch Rubinstein - October 23, 2012 | Tickers: BLK, ^GSPC, VFIAX, VIFSX, VFINX, VOO

    Hopefully this previous post convinced you that a lifetime of investing in the stock market is your best vehicle for building wealth. But perhaps you're not quite convinced that you can go from E-1 to millionaire so easily? Today, we'll break down how easy and painless it truly is.

    Painlessly Setting Aside Capital

    Troops, I'd like to introduce you to a good friend whom I know extremely more »

  • Foolish Military Investors - The 1 Key Step That Takes You From E-1 To Millionaire

    By Mitch Rubinstein - September 12, 2012 | Tickers: BAC, PNC, ^GSPC, WB, WFC

    Living paycheck to paycheck is probably easier to do in the military than any other job in the country. Think about it. Housing, medical care and food are provided. You get to wear the same clothes over and over. You can even get by without a car or groceries if you live in the barracks. Now what if I told you that with one key step you could finish your more »