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Investing in 2014

Investing Tips

The One Investing Strategy You Should Never Use

Today I want to talk about the one investing strategy that you should never use.

Ironically, this is one tactic that comes naturally to all of us and a mainstay investment principle used by 99% of the population. But it undercuts everything else you do as an investor.

Here's a three-step plan to avoid falling into this common trap...

Income Investing

Dividend Investing News: These 15 Dividend Stocks Just Increased Shareholder Payouts

Dividend investing news, Oct. 6, 2014: Investors continue to flock to dividend stocks amid nearly six years of a near-zero interest rate environment.

But with rising rates on the horizon, high yield is becoming increasingly less important than dividend growth potential.

Here’s why – and here are the 15 dividend-paying stocks that announced enrichments for the week ending Oct. 3.

Investing Tips

If You Own Only One Investment, Make Sure This Is It

For a change of pace today I wanted to tell you a personal story.

Twenty years ago, when I was working as a business reporter in upstate New York and covering Eastman Kodak Co. for Gannett Newspapers, I decided it was time to start saving for a house.

So I concocted a plan.

I wasn't exactly getting rich as a journalist, but I was doing okay. Even so, I knew I'd need an actual plan that I could commit to if I really was going to amass the needed down payment.

My plan was simple. In the years that followed, every time my bosses gave me a raise, I started a new mutual fund.

By the time I got a job at The Baltimore Sun in 1998 – and Robin and I moved to Maryland – I had more than $25,000 set aside from this plan and some other money I'd saved. And we could start looking for our first house.

I also learned a valuable lesson: A little discipline can take you a long way.

I was thinking about this the other day when Radical Technology Profits Editor Michael Robinson and I were talking about the "one investment you should never sell."

It's a perfect investment for house down payments, college funds, retirement, a vacation house, a boat, or the cruise of a lifetime – in short, the kind of big-ticket purchases that come along a couple times during a lifetime.

Let's take a look...

Global economy

Cold War 2.0 Is a Financial War

Relations between the United States and Russia are now at their lowest ebb since the end of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991.

The reset in Russian-U.S. relations that President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hoped to achieve in 2009 is in tatters.

Recently, Time magazine captured this zeitgeist with an iconic cover of Vladimir Putin shadowed by a commercial jetliner and the title Cold War II: The West is losing Putin's dangerous game.

Stress between the U.S. and Russia comes on top of a long list of global crises involving civil war, invasion, and terrorism in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Israel, Gaza, and Ukraine.

The situation will grow worse in the years ahead. The active war zones are the visible hot spots, but there is growing tension just beneath the surface as well.

Here's what's happening – and what you need to know in order to act…

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Best Investments

Cash In Today with Our Latest List of Best Stocks to Buy Now

Best stocks to buy for the week ending August 1, 2014: Last week saw the Dow slump more than 300 points on Thursday – but Money Morning Members weren't worried; they were prepared.

Our investing experts delivered a solid list of market winners, stocks that will thrive even amidst a market sell-off.

Get all our recent picks in our newest list of the best stocks to buy now…

Energy Investing

How to Invest in Pipelines for Maximum Profits

The first oil pipeline consisted of lengths of 2-inch wrought iron pipe that ran five miles, from a Pennsylvania oil field to a train station in Oil Creek.

Oil pipelines have changed how and where oil is found, refined, and sold and have turned America into one of the world's leading oil producers.

Most importantly for investors, they don’t just pump oil, they pump profits – profits that are there for the taking for those who know how to invest in these pipelines…

Energy Investing

How to Invest in the Looming Propane Crunch

In the countryside, propane heats more than 6 million homes, fuels equipment and vehicle fleets, and is instrumental on farms for drying grain for storage.

Like any fuel, it's susceptible to shortages that cause strain on entire rural communities and raises prices in supermarkets across the country.

Another tough winter for propane is taking shape. And shortages like these have the potential to create serious windfalls – if you know how to invest…

Investing Tips

Why Trailing Stops Are One of the Most Important Investment Tools Ever

Today I want to offer a deeper explanation of one of the very best investment tools: trailing stops.
Every single one of Money Morning's experts advocates using them, and for good reason. A "trailing stop" serves a dual role: It allows investors to capture profits and protect capital from catastrophic loss.

Here’s exactly how this investment tool works – and the best strategy for putting them to work in your portfolio today.

Emerging Markets

This Is Like Investing in China… In 1980

Hardly anyone would argue that China isn't an economic miracle.

Over the last 20 years, its 1.3 billion people have propelled the Chinese economy into the world's No. 2 spot.

But two decades of blistering 10% annual growth have moderated to 7%.

However, a potential sea change is underway in its southern neighbor, India.

With a new, impressive prime minister, and a burgeoning consumer population, they're setting up as the next economic miracle… Full Story

Gold ETF

What Is an ETF?

Much value can be added to a portfolio if one thoroughly grasps the answer to the question, "What is an ETF?"

We're here to provide an in-depth look for investors on exactly what exchange-traded funds are, their benefits, their weaknesses.

Plus a few ETFs for you to strengthen your portfolio today...