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Capture Nearly 5% Yields... from Your Checking Account?

The average American earns almost nothing -- just 0.64% -- on his or her checking account.  Stop throwing your money away and start earning nearly 5%.  Here's how.

by Anthony Haddad | July 29, 2009
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How to Profit From Higher Interest Rates

Leading economists say the government's huge spending and recent actions by the Federal Reserve must inevitably lead to inflation. And believe it or not, that can be a profitable opportunity.

by Andy Obermueller | July 24, 2009
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Why Utilities Are Set to Repeat History and Offer Enormous Gains

Utility stocks offer predictable cash flows and hefty dividend yields. And if you get the timing right, they can deliver huge capital gains. The last time utilities were at today's levels, they surged +145%.

by Nathan Slaughter | July 21, 2009
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An Undervalued Housing Play for Recovery Believers

Palm Harbor Homes manufactures factory-built homes. Palm's stock has lagged behind its competitors, and as the recovery appears, sales will increase. The stock is attractively priced and presents a long-term opportunity to join the homebuilding comeback.

by Kyle Hartman | July 15, 2009
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The Ten Worst Countries to Invest In

We apply our proprietary rating system to find the Top Ten countries investors' dollars should never visit. The results may surprise you.

by Anthony Haddad | July 15, 2009
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The Top Ten Countries to Invest in Right Now

We take a look at the best spots in the world to invest. Our research has led us to some very surprising results.

by Anthony Haddad | July 13, 2009
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Still No Budget in California, But Its Bonds Look Tempting

The California budget crisis is reaching full steam. With a $26 billion budget deficit, many see the risk of default as very real. But I doubt the state is going under, and with its bond prices falling, I am starting to look very hard at California municipal bonds -- and their 10% tax-equivalent yields.

by Andy Obermueller | July 11, 2009
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The Silver Lining to a Falling Dollar

The U.S. national debt sits at more than $11 trillion dollars -- double its total from just 10 years ago. That's so much debt that some are questioning the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency.

But there is a silver lining for income investors. This massive spending, combined with movement out of U.S. Treasuries, is going to take its toll on the dollar, and international income investors could reap the rewards in the form of higher dividends. Read on to see just how much a falling dollar can boost your income stream.

by Carla Pasternak | June 24, 2009
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Protect Your Portfolio with These All-Weather Securities

President Harry Truman once said he wanted to hire a one-armed economist. When asked why, he replied, so the economist couldn't say "on the other hand." For Barack Obama, finding a one-armed economist is even more pressing. Obama is faced with deciding which limb of the three-armed monster--deflation, inflation or stagflation--could be most damaging to the nation's well-being. Unfortunately, we income investors face the same dilemma.

by Carla Pasternak | May 28, 2009
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With Average Yields up to 13%, You Need International Stocks to Bolster Your Income

It's a little-known fact. The United States is one of the worst places to look for high yielding companies. While you still can find many excellent high-yield opportunities on American soil, unless you're looking abroad, you're missing out on the world's best high-income stocks.

by Amy Calistri | April 20, 2009