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Investing Ideas

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

Mutual Funds & ETFs

  • Ethical funds make an impact

    With a new focus on promoting good corporate behavior, these socially responsible funds are worth a look.
  • Is "smart beta" smart for investors?

    Investors looking for higher returns have been drawn to "smart beta" strategies. But before they embrace this method they need to understand the factors driving the returns and the risks they are taking.
  • 25 favorite funds for 2014

    Each year, Kiplinger's Personal Finance releases its 25 favorite no-load mutual funds. This year, four new names are added to the roster. See the complete list, plus suggested portfolios.
  • Consider mid-caps for the long term

    How will mid-caps do this year? There's no guarantee their bull run will continue, but if the U.S. economy stays on an upward trajectory, their performance may hold up. Here's how to shop.

Stocks

  • 5 smart moves for investors

    Success or failure in investing isn't about skill or luck – it's all about behavior. Use these five guidelines to shape an investing strategy that will do well for the long haul.
  • Is investor appetite for IPOs waning?

    The market for initial public offerings is off to its fastest start in 14 years. But the cracks are beginning to show as recent market swings had investors thinking twice before jumping in to buy stocks of new companies.
  • Why rising interest rates won't end the bull market

    Stock investors have become increasingly worried about how the market will react as the Federal Reserve stops its bond-buying program. But history has shown that rising interest rates won't necessarily derail the bull market.
  • 'Fast fashion' hurts teen retailers

    Shares of teen retailers have sharply underperformed the stock market over the past year, but bargain-hunting investors should be wary. The "fast fashion" trend may keep the pressure on some teen favorites.

Bonds

  • Subprime lending is back on the road

    Subprime lending caused devastating losses in the financial crisis but has quietly staged a surprisingly powerful return in recent months. This time it's not in real estate, but in cars. Will this new subprime boom also hurt investors?
  • Bargains in fixed-income closed-end funds

    Fixed-income closed-end funds are trading at historically large discounts—making some top bond managers available for cheap.
  • The sweet spot for bonds now

    A strong quarter has left fixed-income investors wondering where they should be invested for the rest of the year. Here's the answer.
  • Equity investors ignore warning signs

    As U.S. investors bid adieu to the weakest first quarter in five years, few are dwelling on the lackluster performance. While hopes are high for a spring economic rebound, expectations for first quarter earnings are grim.

Investing Strategies

  • 5 smart moves for investors

    Success or failure in investing isn't about skill or luck – it's all about behavior. Use these five guidelines to shape an investing strategy that will do well for the long haul.
  • Is "smart beta" smart for investors?

    Investors looking for higher returns have been drawn to "smart beta" strategies. But before they embrace this method they need to understand the factors driving the returns and the risks they are taking.
  • The continuing lure of dividends

    Though the economy is improving, interest rates are low, and stock markets have been setting new highs. So why have investors turned their attention from growth stocks to slow-but-study dividend stocks?
  • 7 deadly sins of investing

    These familiar human foibles may show themselves in any area of life – including finances. See how they can throw you off and learn how to get yourself back on track.

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