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Investing Ideas

The latest on stocks, bonds and funds, plus strategies to help manage your portfolio.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

  • What to look for in a 'smart beta' fund

    Their strategies differ and their performance varies widely, so how does an investor choose the right 'smart beta' fund? Here's a closer look at funds and the dos and don'ts of investing in them.
  • When to stay in money market funds

    While many investors have been leaving money funds for short-term bond funds, you shouldn't necessarily follow suit. Here's a look at when to stay put and when to consider the alternatives.
  • ETFs that hedge currencies draw investors

    Investors are using ETFs to hedge against more wild currency moves. As the dollar gains strength, currency-hedged ETFs have become increasingly popular. Here's what you should know.
  • Looking beyond negative headlines to find value

    For deep-value ETF investors, now might be the time to pay more attention to Piigs - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain - which may be worth the risk despite negative headlines.

Stocks

  • 6 stocks to cash in on a strong dollar

    The U.S. dollar has been gaining strength, which has fueled earnings gains for foreign firms that make cars and consumer goods, as well as U.S. retailers that import many of their wares.
  • It's not 1999 for tech stocks

    With the Nasdaq near all-time highs that were set in the tech boom 15 years ago, some investors are worried that a new bubble may be getting set to burst. Here's why this time it's different for technology stocks.
  • 5 stocks that want to pay you more

    For the biggest benefit from dividends, it's not enough to buy names with big payouts. Here's what to look for, plus five stocks that may increase dividend payments in the next quarter.
  • Dividend stocks with higher payouts

    These ten highest-yielding S&P 500 stocks have headroom to raise dividends based on their free-cash-flow estimates.

Bonds

  • 6 bond funds to protect your portfolio

    With rate hikes looming, bond investors are searching for ways to guard their assets. These six bond funds could provide some defense against interest-rate uncertainty.
  • Why erratic bonds are fine for stock investors

    Amid a global economic slowdown, bond yields plunged in January and then surged in February. The sharp swings are unsettling for bond investors, but they may be fine for stockholders. Here's why.
  • When investors pay to lend money

    Investors are paying for the privilege of lending money as yields on a rapidly growing range of European government bonds fall below zero. The impact of negative rates could be profound.
  • The risks in Treasury bonds

    Except for a brief dip in 2012, the 10-year Treasury bond today yields less than it ever has since 1870. And even a small rise in yields would send prices sharply lower. Here's how investors can avoid some of that risk.

Investing Strategies

  • What to look for in a 'smart beta' fund

    Their strategies differ and their performance varies widely, so how does an investor choose the right 'smart beta' fund? Here's a closer look at funds and the dos and don'ts of investing in them.
  • Why women outperform men in investing

    Surveys show that women lack confidence when it comes to investing and retirement planning. Yet if you look at the actual results, women often perform better than men.
  • How should you invest now?

    When investors want to know if stock markets are overvalued, they often look at the CAPE metric made famous by Robert Shiller. But the Nobel Prize-winning economist has a simpler message for investors now.
  • 5 stocks that want to pay you more

    For the biggest benefit from dividends, it's not enough to buy names with big payouts. Here's what to look for, plus five stocks that may increase dividend payments in the next quarter.
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