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Tech investing

Twitter Stock IPO: Five Reasons It Won't Be Like Facebook's

With the wheels set in motion for a Twitter stock IPO, the inevitable comparisons to Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) and its disastrous IPO have already started.

But apart from the fact that both are social media stocks, the Twitter stock IPO – which is on track to start trading sometime in November – does not figure to have a lot in common with the Facebook IPO.

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Washington

What The Government Shutdown Is Doing to the Markets

Yesterday, CNBC hosted Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald to talk about what the government shutdown is doing to the markets.

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Dividend Stocks

How to Outrun the "Dynamic Dunderheads" of Washington

From the Editor: You're receiving special access to Private Briefing today because Bill has found a must-see chart we want to share with everyone, given what's happening (or not happening) in D.C. He also reminds his readers to invest in the American firm "flying" above all this nonsense. The story begins in Bill's living room, of all places, back in 1966…

When the Batman TV series debuted in 1966, my family was no different than most other American households – and quickly grew to like the campy-but-cool action/comedy.

My folks bought me toy Batmobiles – including one that pulled the "Bat Boat" on a trailer. And my Dad – always looking for ways to spend time with his son (something that continues to this day) – brought home model kits of the crime-fighting duo's sleek black hotrod, and even an exciting looking "Batplane."

And here's the best escape to get clear of Washington's "Dynamic Dunderheads"...

Emerging Markets

How to Invest in Emerging Markets Using One Simple Strategy

This year marked a raucous end to one of the greatest economic booms in the last 100 years.

It happened in June, when more than 1 million protesters took to the streets in one of their country's largest cities.

At the time, they raised ire about steep increases in crime, inflation, and political corruption. They stomped the pavement over ill-gotten decisions to spend taxpayer money on posh football stadiums for the World Cup instead of schools, hospitals, and much-needed infrastructure.

You just have to look for one key trait...

Hot Stocks

26 Dividend-Paying Stocks That Just Hiked Their Payout

With the government shutdown upon us and the debt ceiling deadline approaching, investors should brace for some upcoming market rough patches.

But smart dividend investing will ease the pain. That's because dividend payments are a fairly predictable cash-flow generator for investors.

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Washington

Should We Be Worried About a U.S. Debt Default?

While the stock markets so far have reacted mildly to the government shutdown, the looming Washington fight over the need to raise the federal debt ceiling could lead to a U.S. debt default.

And that, everyone agrees, would trigger a much more pronounced reaction from Wall Street.

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Precious Metals

Why Gold Prices Fell Yesterday

Gold prices seem to have stabilized today, trading once again above the $1,300 an ounce mark.

This follows a tumble yesterday of more than $40 an ounce to as low as $1,284 an ounce. That price was nearly a two-month low and put the precious metal down 23% in 2013.

At that level, gold was trading more than $50 below its 50-day moving average. To technical analysts, this confirmed the downtrend in the precious metal, bringing about a wave of selling by those who strictly follow the charts.

However, there were factors at play in gold's selloff other than technical selling.

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Stock Market Today

Stock Market News Today: Reactions to Government Shutdown

Biggest stock market news today, before the opening bell: The government shutdown that kicked in yesterday after lawmakers could not agree on a federal budget last night has done little in the way of dampening the stock market. With politicians at odds now, investors are anticipating a faster resolution to another issue — the debt ceiling issues that will come to the foreground in about two weeks.

While some 800,000 government employees are now furloughed with another million asked to work without pay, investors seem to believe this closure will be short-lived. The shutdown is the first in the U.S. in since 1995.

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Income Investing

Time to Flush Another Classic Money Rule Down the Drain

From the Editor: We disregard conventional asset allocation models, because we make much more money by focusing our investments. All of the 100%-plus gains in the Money Map Report, for instance, are the result of "concentration," not "diversification." And today, it's time to abandon yet another classic money rule…

The "Rule of 100" is simple.

To determine the amount of money you should put into bonds and equities, just subtract your age from 100. The resulting sum is how much of your portfolio you should have allocated to equities. The rest is what you should have in bonds.

By that logic, if you were, say, 60 years old, then 40% of your money should be in equities, and 60% should be in bonds.

That's the "Rule of 100." And, unfortunately, it's worthless now, as you'll see.

That's why these unconventional shares are about to get white-hot...

Hot Stocks

Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Roundup

Last week's best stocks to buy were influenced by several crises building on Capitol Hill – the 2014 fiscal budget and looming government shutdown, the debt ceiling, and mounting anxieties over the Federal Reserve's QE taper timing.

As a result of these factors, many concerned investors turned to cash.

But with money market instruments yielding next to nothing, you will miss out on 100% of market gains if you are just sitting on cash. Money Morning keeps reminding readers that savvy investors make money in all kinds of markets – and we found just the right stocks to buy to make the most of current conditions.

Here's a recap of our picks for the best stocks to buy now, culled from last week's Money Morning daily articles, videos, and insights from our in-house experts:

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