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2015 Stock Picks: One of Our Favorite Mega-Caps Has Entered the Fray

Our 2015 stock picks have seen some impressive returns on gold miners and biotech.

But our most impressive 2015 stocks to buy have generally been subject to more volatility. Either they're mid-caps, or they've been in sectors that are subject to big gains (and possible big losses).

But this week there was an exciting development in our 2015 stock picks: the entrance of an established mega-cap...

European Woes

Protect Your Money From the QE Delusion

While this week's announcement of a massive new QE program by the European Central Bank (ECB) was the worst kept secret in the world, it may not produce the results that everyone expects.

For one thing, while the immediate reaction was to push European interest rates lower, recent experience in the US shows that QE results in higher rates.

And while everyone is talking about deflation – and Europe is definitely experiencing deflation – the US is still experiencing inflation that could lead the Fed to start raising rates by summertime.

So before getting too carried away with celebrating another major central bank opening up the printing presses, investors should take a serious look at the facts and then decide how to play the markets.

Investing Tips

How to Profit from the Five Scariest Stocks on Wall Street Right Now

Most investors focus exclusively on buying stocks in an attempt to capture huge returns. That's too bad, because it means they restrict themselves to half the opportunities available to them.

I bring this up because markets move up AND down, which means there is plenty of profit potential to be had in both directions.

George Soros, for instance, is reported to have made $1 billion in a single trade that famously almost broke the Bank of England in 1992.

John Paulson made billions from the housing crisis when it hit by betting against the grain.

Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners is famous for bucking conventional wisdom on seemingly mighty companies and laughing all the way to the bank.

That's why shorting is one of the first tactics I shared with you in my Total Wealth publication.

Obviously, shorting stocks isn't for everybody – it takes a lot of guts and more than a little conviction to do it profitably. Not to mention a whole lot of discipline. But done right, it can really boost your profits.

Here's how to profit from the scariest stocks on Wall Street - without owning them...

Stocks

Target Stock (NYSE: TGT) Is Off the Mark in 2015

Target Corp. had one chance to make a good first impression in Canada… and blew it. And Target stock may soon feel the effects.

I know because I saw it clearly for myself.

While that may sound harsh, it's the reality of what happened.

Just two years into their expansion north of the border, and billions of dollars later, the chain's closing up shop and taking a big hit.

This should never have happened and it is another blow to an increasingly punch-drunk retailer.

Here's the story behind it and what to do...

Tech Investing

Legal "Steroids" Are Making This Tech Company a Buy

With high-tech corporations, there's always a group of young startups with hot innovations breathing down the Old Guard's necks.

There are chances for late-career renaissances, though. I've uncovered four aging Silicon Valley legends that have found the business equivalent of a (legal) performance-enhancing drug in a certain fast-moving part of the tech sector.

And one tech company in particular has rediscovered its ace-like prowess - and is making investors hefty gains in the process...

Your Money

Five Questions Wall Street Hopes You'll Never Ask

Wall Street would prefer if investors never asked certain questions. But sometimes having the right financial advisor in your corner can mean the difference between huge profits and devastating losses.

How do you find the right professional amongst tens of thousands?

You narrow your options down by asking these five crucial questions...

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