Investing Basics

Amy Calistri's picture
What Buffett Says About Diversification Will Shock You

The Wall Street "experts" always say diversification is key to having a stable portfolio. But buying an S&P 500 Index fund would have returned -38.7% over the last year. Doesn't sound too stable to me. What we're seeing in today's market is a school of thought that even Warren Buffett has subscribed to for years -- simplifying your portfolio and concentrating on your best ideas -- is the best way to beat the Street.

by Amy Calistri | April 23, 2009
Carla Pasternak's picture
Is Your Dividend Endangered?

With so many companies cutting and even suspending dividends, how can investors protect themselves?  Carla Pasternak -- editor of High-Yield Investing --  explains how to find healthy funds that are unlikely to suspend dividend distributions.

by Carla Pasternak | March 14, 2009
Andy Obermueller's picture
Microsoft's Next Move Could Earn You +1,900%

Microsoft announced Friday that it would begin to open retail stores and had hired a veteran Wal-Mart executive to run the initiative. Building a retail footprint for the world's No. 1 software maker will take time and money.  Microsoft has one but not the other. It can't wait any longer to make up the retail ground it has lost to Apple. I think that spells merger, and there's an obvious takeover candidate.

by Andy Obermueller | February 17, 2009
Nathan Slaughter's picture
Three Value Strategies You Can Use to Beat the Market Today

The market is in turmoil, economic growth has flat-lined, companies are struggling to survive and investors are in full panic mode. This is the perfect recipe for value investors.  With valuations at their lowest levels in years, the market is offering some of the best opportunities I've ever seen. Three areas in particular are showing the best chance for value investors right now.

by Nathan Slaughter | February 10, 2009