As the U.S. economy becomes stronger and interest rates start to rise, smaller companies benefit the most from this type of environment.
With modest risk and high potential for growth, small-cap funds - which consist of stocks of companies that maintain a market capitalization between $500 million and $2 billion - are possibly one of the best investment hubs available today.
Here are the benefits – and risks – of small-cap funds, plus three to watch…
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.Here’s exactly how this investment tool works – and the best strategy for putting them to work in your portfolio today.
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.
How to Invest in an Aging Bull Market
With the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index both routinely making record highs, figuring out how to invest in this aging bull market has gotten increasingly challenging.
But not impossible.
"There's still plenty of upside if you know where to look," said Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald. "The game has become more one of choosing the right stocks than it is worrying about what the broader index is doing."Fitz-Gerald says investors need to focus on three specific things...
Stocks to Buy Now: Play This Sector Before "The Crowd" Catches On
The Nasdaq experienced a sell-off in March and April, and has since rebounded. But not every tech sector has rebounded completely, and that's brought us some great stocks to buy.
According to Money Morning's experts, the semiconductor industry has never looked healthier, but it still faced the brunt of the recent sell-off. That's why they're recommending semiconductor stocks while they're trading at discounted prices.But these stocks to buy won't be cheap for long. Get in on these profit plays before the crowds catch on...
Stocks to Buy: It's Time to Cash In on Software
Update on tech stocks to buy: With the long-term decline in PC sales, many investors and the big-money guys on Wall Street are writing off software, too.
But increased sales of commercial software more than make up for the decline in PC-related software.
Today, I'm going to tell you about one of the single best software investments you can make to benefit from the profits of the entire software industry.Here's how you get there...
Our Most "Unconventional" Investment Is in an Incredible Rally Right Now
Investing in Bitcoin may go against the grain - as it is anything but a conventional investment - but sometimes that's what it takes to maximize your returns.
And lately, those who have been investing in Bitcoin despite a string of bad publicity for the digital currency have been rewarded to the tune of a 45% gain in less than a month.
In recent months, we've seen a number of negative Bitcoin stories in the mainstream media, suggesting it was a bubble in the making.
During that period, I have remained one of the few tech analysts to say the Bitcoin market remains not only healthy, but faces a very bright future indeed...Full Story...
Best Investments 2014: Grab Your Piece of a Billion-Dollar Untapped Market
Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald has been following this growing sector throughout 2014, because it promises to offer some of the best investments for years to come.
"There is not a single industry or product that will have a more profound impact on our lives, our future, and, of course, our money," Fitz-Gerald said.
And this $1.6 billion industry is only being used by 10% of the companies that could take advantage of it. See why this "untapped" market is one of the best investment opportunities to make in 2014...
Best Investments in Tech: Dial for Dollars with This Smartphone Leader
Ever since Samsung and Apple began warning of a slowdown in smartphone growth about a year ago, the gloom-and-doomers have been writing eulogies for the seemingly ubiquitous product.
But they're way off target.
In fact, one of the best investments in tech today is a company that will be the biggest beneficiary of a market that will expand by 70% in just 5 years.Find out more about why Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) stock is a “Buy” today…
Stake Your Claim to $70 Billion of Global Growth
Emerging markets frequently promise better returns than their domestic counterparts.
Still, they come with a special set of (manageable) risks that we don't always find at home.
A profound reaction to the Fed's tapering, higher-than-comfortable inflation, current account deficits, and outright political instability have all made for a volatile 2014 in the emerging markets.
It's easy to see why. Investors are worried about how they'll be impacted by the tapering of the Federal Reserve's bond purchases. And now Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and South Africa are now experiencing inflation of 6% to 7%.
Those same countries are facing current account deficits of between 4% and 7%, which places downward pressure on their currencies and upward pressure on inflation and interest rates.
And political volatility in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and elsewhere are contributing to uncertainty that's reflected in market performance.
But the truth is, for investors who know what they're holding, these emerging markets still hold outsize profit potential.
And taking your share of this growth has never been easier, thanks to these special securities...Read More...
Plug Power (Nasdaq: PLUG) Stock Gets Hit with a Dose of Reality
Disappointing earnings sent Plug Power (Nasdaq: PLUG) stock down as much as 9.5% Wednesday as investors get a more realistic picture of the company's prospects.
Plug Power is a classic case of a momentum stock that rocketed to startling heights only to crash and burn. The problem is, the company's fundamentals never supported such a huge spike in the PLUG stock price.But despite the stock's gyrations, Plug Power is not necessarily a train wreck...
Why Tesaro (Nasdaq: TSRO) Stock Is Surging Today
Shares of Tesaro Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRO) stock were up 23% today (Monday) after the company announced that its drug rolapitant met the main goal of its third and final Phase 3 trial.
According to Money Morning's BioScience Investment Specialist Ernie Tremblay, volatility like that of TSRO stock is common among biotech companies with late stage drug candidates.Here's what investors should expect from this hot biotech stock now...
How to Invest Like a Millionaire
One of the reasons the rich keep getting richer is that they know where to put their money to get the best returns - and, typically, the wealthier the investor, the more savvy the investments.
So for those of more modest means, it can pay to learn how to invest like a millionaire.A recent millionaire survey revealed just what the rich are thinking - and it’s information any investor can use…
How to Get in the Game and Profit
A few weeks ago, I told you a story about a woman who took my advice and used it to overcome her fear of investing.
As it turns out, it was an incredibly popular column.
Reader Robert from Vancouver wrote:
Thanks Shah for trying to provide some financial education.
There is a real and urgent need to teach people at least the basics of investing, the economy, and business.
I wholeheartedly agree.
That's why I wanted to come back and build on the advice I originally gave you.
You see, once you make a decision to start investing, the next step is to make a commitment to become successful.
And today I'm going to show you how to make that next step... Full StoryRead More...
Best Investments in Tech: It's Not Time to Panic… It's Time to Buy
Over the last couple weeks, the pundits have come out of the woodwork with all sorts of dire predictions about the tech market.
To be sure, the Nasdaq is down about 5% over the last month. But we look at declines as great buying opportunities that, if handled correctly, can help you build your net worth.Here are four of the best investments that you can make right now to turn the market's recent turmoil to your financial advantage.
How to Find the Best Investments Amid Global Uncertainty: A Three-Tiered Strategy
Just last year, emerging markets were predicted to be the driving force behind a more than 5% annual global growth rate. Yet on March 11, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reported that emerging markets are the reason why global growth will slow.Here are three metrics will help investors find the best investments abroad...
Don't Trust Your Broker
I've written about the dangers of relying on stockbrokers before.
You see, most stockbrokers aren't traders, and they aren't analysts, but salesmen. They usher clients into financial products with little regard for their individual financial situation or the broader markets.
That doesn't make them bad people. In fact, I have friends who are stockbrokers, and they're nice people.
These friends of mine are trustworthy and try hard to make their clients money. But at the same time, I would never let any of them handle my money, not even a small portion of it.That's why a new analysis published in yesterday's Wall Street Journal really grabbed my attention...