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The One Thing You Need to Know About Bonds Plus

by Alexander Green

Bond investors today fall into one of three categories: smart, scared or oblivious. Let's take the last group first. Whenever you hear someone say they plunked money into a long-term bond fund because it returned 12% annually for the last 30 years, all you can do is sigh. Read On…

Gold's Irresistible Forces Plus

by Sean Brodrick

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? We're about to find out in the gold markets. The irresistible force is Chinese gold demand, which is surging along with its price. Gold flirted with $1,300 on Thursday. (Much higher demand from India could be coming shortly, too.) Read On…

High Anxiety Plus

by Christopher Rowe

When you see a bad deal in the stock market, there's usually a way to take the other side of that trade and reap the rewards the other party gives up. With the markets stumbling this year and fear running high, many investors are looking for a way to profit from the anxiety. Read On…

From the Mailbag: Is It Time to Panic? Plus

by Marc Lichtenfeld

"I'm very nervous about this market." So began the letter from Tom that came in this week to the Investment U Mailbag. He continues: "I've done pretty well in the markets since 2010, and I've regained a good chunk of what I lost in the 2008 crash. But I don't want to go through that again. I'm 55 and would like to retire in the next 10 years. What should I do?" Read On…

Technical Tuesday: Trouble Ahead? Plus

by Christopher Rowe

Whenever a bull market corrects, investors ask themselves: Could this bull run be over? Today I'll give you one big indication that historically has spelled the end. Very simply, when the sector that had led the market breaks down, it's a major sign of a long-term top. Do you know which sector led the current bull market higher? Read On…

Why You Shouldn’t Bail on This Market Plus

by Alexander Green

The market has teetered in recent weeks. And the volatility has caused some investors to head for the sidelines. They are almost certainly making a mistake. To time the market correctly, you have to make not one great call but two. And the consequences of getting either wrong can be grave. Read On…

Is This Market Tanking? Plus

by Marc Lichtenfeld

There are a lot of scared investors out there right now. After what seemed like five years of stocks doing nothing but rising, investors are worried after the latest drop. Last week I spoke at the World Money Show in Orlando. After my presentation, I had lively conversations with many of the attendees. Read On…

Great News for Your Portfolio Plus

by Alexander Green

The dollar rose nicely in 2013, even hitting a five-year high against the yen last month. But there are good reasons to believe the greenback has further to go. And that is good news for your stock portfolio. When I started forecasting a higher dollar a few years ago, most readers were skeptical. You can hardly blame them. Read On…

In Praise of So-Called "Junk" Bonds Plus

by Steve McDonald

It's time to set the record straight about bonds, specifically high-yield bonds. Since the bad ol' days in the 1980s, when Michael Milken and his cronies at DLJ ruined the reputation of high-yield bonds - that's where the term "junk bonds" came from - they have been the whipping boy of the industry. Read On…

Technical Tuesday: Buy High, Sell Higher Plus

by Christopher Rowe

Last week I wrote an article stating that the best time to buy on a dip is when the Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) generates a buy signal. So far, the S&P 500 still needs to decline a bit more before an RSI buy signal is even possible. I wouldn't be a buyer of anything until the S&P 500 does generate that buy signal. Read On…