Stairs, Elevators, and Walls of Worry: What Stock Market Metaphors Really Mean November 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  Bruce Blythe

All kinds of terms and metaphors are associated with Wall Street trading, and many may sound charming. But a deeper dive into the language can sometimes help investors better understand what’s going on.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics

It’s All Relative: Basics of Asset Allocation Valuations September 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  Viraj Desai

Asset allocation is a basic discipline for diversifying your portfolio, especially if you have a long-term investing strategy. Relative valuations are important.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy

Trading Is Trading? Not Always—Know Differences Between Stocks & Futures March 16, 2020 2:05 PM   |  Bruce Blythe

Stock trading versus futures trading each pose intriguing possibilities. But although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways that investors should understand before diving in to either.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics

Sweet Stocks to Ask to Be Your Valentine February 5, 2020 10:30 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

Valentine’s Day is potentially a great time to invest in flowers, chocolate, or other perishable indulgences for your loved ones. It may also be a good time to give your stock portfolio a little love.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

How to Invest in Gold? Let Us Count the Ways: ETFs, Stocks, Physical, Futures, & Options January 31, 2020 11:15 AM   |  Doug Ashburn

Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn about the different alternatives and their pros and cons.

4 min read  |  Commodities

Focus on Small Caps: What Is the Russell 2000 Index? January 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  Matt Whittaker

Large caps might get a lot of attention, but small-cap stocks are still a popular investment subset. And it’s important to track them separately from their larger siblings. Learn about small-cap stocks and the Russell 2000 Index.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics

Investing Basics: What Is Dividend Yield? November 18, 2019 1:04 PM   |  Michael Kealy

If you’re interested in pursuing a long-term dividend strategy, understanding dividend yield could help you make investment decisions.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Stocks: Is It Time for Your Portfolio to Go Sober? October 31, 2019 10:15 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

With millennials and Gen Z more comfortable with sober drinks, beverage companies are looking to cash in on the so-called sober-curious trend.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Halloween Stocks Could Offer a Treat for Your Portfolio October 9, 2019 10:15 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

Get some Halloween stock treats and bone up on some investing ideas for your Halloween portfolio.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Retirement Portfolio Assets: Allocation by Age August 14, 2019 10:28 AM   |  Keith Denerstein

As you progress through your retirement investing journey, consider adjusting your asset allocation as your time horizon, investment goals, and risk tolerance change.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management

Back-to-School Season Means Shopping for Kids—and Your Portfolio? August 13, 2019 10:00 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

September means back-to-school time, which could mean shopping for your student and a portfolio of stock investments.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Price-to-Earnings Ratio: The Price Is Right ... Right? July 18, 2019 8:00 PM   |  Doug Ashburn

The price-to-earnings ratio has its critics, yet it remains a metric worth watching for valuing stocks and making investment decisions.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics

Fourth of July Pop, Boom, and Sparkle: Summer Seasonal Stocks to Consider July 2, 2019 10:15 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

Looking for a little portfolio sparkle this Independence Day? Here are some summer holiday-themed stocks to research and consider.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Ripples Across the Pond: Potential Brexit Impact on the U.S. Economy June 3, 2019 11:22 AM   |  Matt Whittaker

If a no-deal Brexit should come to pass, there would likely be further market volatility. But an “oasis” factor could help fortify the U.S. economy.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends

Slack DPO and Direct Listings: Considerations for Investors May 28, 2019 10:39 AM   |  Dan Rosenberg

Communication app maker Slack is preparing its first direct listing. Here are some things to know about Slack and about the direct listing process.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends

Tax-Aware Mind-Set: Seeking a Strategic Portfolio Balance March 4, 2019 4:00 AM   |  Viraj Desai

Looking for a diversified portfolio that’s also tax efficient? Learn how the one-two punch of tax-free debt securities and tax-loss harvesting can help you pursue your goals.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy

Three Things to Consider for Your Equity Compensation Plan February 7, 2019 4:00 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Got stock options? Set goals and have a plan. Here are three steps to consider for your equity compensation plan.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Tips for Riding Out Volatility in Your Company’s Stock December 21, 2018 4:00 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Does volatility worry you when it comes to the stock youve received as compensation? Learn tips to help manage this valid concern.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Investing in Marijuana Stocks? Don’t Let Your Money Go Up in Smoke November 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

If you’re considering investing in marijuana stocks, it’s important to know some of the unique risks associated with the marijuana industry including scams. Read more for information on stock scams and differences between federal and state laws.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

What’s a Stock Exchange? U.S. and International Stock Markets October 19, 2018 4:00 AM   |  Ben Watson

What we refer to as a “stock market” is actually an intertwined global ecosystem. Learn the “who, what and why” of the stock market and stock exchanges.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics

Beauty and Cosmetics Stocks: Diving into a Multibillion Dollar Industry August 27, 2018 11:58 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Thinking about investing in beauty stocks? Learn more about this multibillion dollar industry, including recent trends and who some of the major players are.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Pet Food Stocks: Pet Care Is Big Business, and Millennials Are Buying In August 13, 2018 4:00 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

Is your pet a member of your family? Learn how our love of animals makes for big business.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Basics of Investing in Stocks: What is a Stock? July 31, 2018 4:00 AM   |  Ben Watson

New to stock investing? Learn the basics of stocks, earnings, dividends, and how a stock’s value is determined.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics

Asset Allocation 101: What are the Asset Classes and How Does One Choose? July 27, 2018 4:00 AM   |  Viraj Desai

What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics

U.S. Housing Market: Tight Supply Persists at Start of 2018 January 2, 2018 11:00 PM   |  JJ Kinahan

Homebuilders and housing-related companies had a strong 2017 and outperformed the S&P 500. Will the trend continue heading into Q4 earnings reports?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends

Will It Be a Jolly Holiday Season? Consumer Spending Outlook November 19, 2017 11:00 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

It’s that time of year again, and the question, as always, is how wide will consumers open their wallets? Spending has been strong.

3 min read  |  Economic Trends

Global Diversification Strategy Could Be Served By Thinking Local October 25, 2017 12:00 AM   |  Bruce Blythe

Having global exposure can sound complicated. But you may already be exposed to global economic trends if youre invested in major U.S. stocks.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis

How Technological Breakthroughs Are Changing Aging October 13, 2017 12:00 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

Technological advances are making seniors more independent

2 min read  |  Retirement Lifestyle

Dividends: Potential Income Generator in a Low-Yield Environment September 11, 2017 12:00 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

In low-interest rate environment, investors sometimes look to dividend-paying stocks as a mean of generating income.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

That’s the Spirit! Fine Whiskey Becomes an Investment September 1, 2017 12:00 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

Learn about collecting whiskey by understanding the basics of auctions, collecting and storage.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Tech Time Machine: What’s Changed Since 2000, and What Hasn’t June 14, 2017 12:00 AM   |  Bruce Blythe

Some investors draw parallels between the Nasdaq Composite index now versus that of the late 1990s and early 2000, but there may be more to the story.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Is the Activewear Apparel Market Getting Bent Out of Shape? June 9, 2017 12:00 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

After an extended period of growth, the activewear market seems to be taking a time-out.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Taking a Spirited Look at the Booze Industry? Here are a Few Thoughts April 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  Debbie Carlson

Thinking of some liquid assets for your portfolio? Booze stocks may fit the bill.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Your Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Diversification? January 25, 2017 11:00 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

The world’s information, and the infrastructure that supports it, is shifting to cloud-based computing and the companies that provide it.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Spooky Sales Spike on Halloween, May Hint at Strong Christmas October 17, 2016 12:00 AM   |  Dan Rosenberg

Halloween spending looks to be on the rise, and that could give investors a hint about the key Christmas shopping season and how it might affect retailers’ bo

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Online, Mobile Shopping: Help or Hurt Brick-and-Mortar Retailers? October 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Retail stores are closing in alarming numbers, but is the traditional shopping center dead? This revolution in retail will take years to shake out.

8 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Approaching Retirement? Why You May Want to Consider Growth Stocks September 22, 2016 5:58 AM   |  Dan Rosenberg

Growth stocks and growth mutual funds can fit into investment portfolios of people planning to retire in the coming few years, retirement experts say.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management

U.S. Presidential Election Cycle & Stock Market Performance August 30, 2016 12:00 AM   |  Dan Rosenberg

The U.S. presidential election cycle theory of the stock market says that the market moves based on the year of the presidents term. Is there any proof?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy

Technology Keeps Advancing, How Can Investors Join In? August 16, 2016 1:50 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Discover which segments of technology might deliver higher growth thanks to innovation, new technologies, and an entrepreneurial drive to make life better.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Income Conundrum: Retirees Seek Higher Yields but Not Risk July 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  Dan Rosenberg

For retirees, the recent dip to record low U.S. bond yields poses a challenge. Will investors be forced into more dangerous investments?

7 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income

Ignore the In-Crowd? Explaining the Popularity Premium in Stocks November 11, 2015 7:01 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Investors might rethink risk and consider picking less popular stocks for better long-run historical performance.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy

Stock Sector Focus: Can Sin Pay Off? October 11, 2015 8:00 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Alcohol, tobacco,and gaming stock sectors are called the triumvirate of sin. For investors, it can pay be sinful.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Forget Coffee: High-End Teas are the Hottest Millennial Trend August 6, 2015 8:00 PM   |  Debbie Carlson

Tea is hot, and that’s good news for consumers and investors looking for a new beverage to tempt their taste buds.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Economic X-Ray: Big Industrials Embrace Big Data, Technology July 26, 2015 8:00 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Dig deeper with your research of the industrial economy to uncover the companies that effectively embrace big data and the industrial Internet of things.

6 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Economic X-Ray: Maturing Cloud Demands Data Security June 17, 2015 8:01 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Monitor maturing cloud technology as consolidation dominates a sector occupied by tech powerhouses and as providers look for what’s next in security and data.

6 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Topsy Turvy: Crowdfunding and the Financial Sector May 10, 2015 8:01 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Scrutinizing financial stocks? Crowdfunding and other alternative funding methods are growing fast, and are even challenging traditional banking.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Bond and Stock Basics: What the Heck Is the Yield Curve? May 3, 2015 8:00 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income

Income Investments Beyond Dividend Stocks and Bonds April 20, 2015 11:25 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Easy monetary policies have left income investors in a lurch. But exchange-traded funds (ETFs), REITs, master limited partnerships (MLPs), and preferred stocks can help fill the gap.

1 min read  |  Real Estate

Get into the New Year’s “Spirit” with Some Premium Hooch December 29, 2014 7:00 PM   |  Debbie Carlson

As the U.S. economy improves, consumers are showing a growing taste for higher-end, even investment-grade, whiskey and wine.

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors

Thinking Outside the Cash Box: Take Advantage of Rising Rates April 13, 2014 9:48 AM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy

Four Big Mistakes That Will Devastate Your Finances June 14, 2012 10:29 PM   |  Ticker Tape Editors

The Motley Fool details four big mistakes that could devastate your finances.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy

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