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Tech investing

A "Double Growth" Stock Like This Is the Perfect Fiscal-Cliff Defense

First, it was the mess in Syria.

Then we had to deal with the whole Team Bernanke "taper drama."

And now we're barreling into yet another "Fiscal Cliff" street fight.

With U.S. stocks trading at unsustainable highs, I can sympathize with those of you who look at these headlines with fear; you view each day's events as just the latest potential investing calamity, and worry they might ignite a single-day sell-off severe enough to eviscerate years of diligent saving and personal sacrifice.

I can even understand why many of you would like to scamper to the supposed safety of the sidelines.

But don't do it.

The sidelines, you see, aren't as safe as you might think. Missing the good days can be worse than riding out the bad ones. And you run the very real risk of getting left behind.

Plus, there's a way to stay invested – one that allows you to capture life-changing profits.

I'm going to tell you about it today.

And I'm even going to show you the one stock that will let you put this "Fiscal Cliff" defense strategy to work...

Government shutdown

Government Shutdown Effects: Here's What Investors Are Missing

Welcome to the decade of the politicization of everything. With the government shutdown in its first week, it is starting to look more and more like this temper tantrum from both sides could lead up to the debt ceiling deadline.

Government shutdown effects include as many as 800,000 workers (38% of the federal workforce) being furloughed. However, if there ever was a time to put on display the bloat and uselessness of many parts of the federal government, now it is fully on display. Just this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) furloughed 9 of every 10 workers, deeming them non-essential employees.

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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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