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Back in June 2012, we recommended that you pick up shares of Big Pharma player Abbott Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: ABT). The reason: Abbott was planning to split in two at the end of the year, meaning folks who took our advice would end up with stakes in two companies for the price of one.

There was more than bargain-basement thinking at work here.

You see, these corporate breakups – known as spin-offs – have a habit of turning into market-beating profit plays. And the newly minted spin-off firms often end up as takeover fodder – also at big profits.

Abbott followed part of that blueprint.

  • How to Invest in the Looming Propane Crunch how to invest

    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…
  • 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...
  • How to Invest Like a Millionaire how to invest

    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…
  • These Basics Will Make You Big Money in the Markets basic-blocks

    I'm always getting emails from folks telling me how badly they want to make money in the markets.

    The problem is that a good many of these readers confess that they are literally just getting started.

    So right now, I'm going to begin at the beginning - and show you how to make money in the markets from square one.

    Today is all about stocks.

    In future columns, I'm going to talk about bonds. After that I'll get into options, futures, and other derivatives (they're easy).

    And finally I'll show you how they all - stocks, bonds, options, futures, and derivatives - come together every day.

    When it's all said and done, I promise you will understand everything about investing and marvel at how simple it all is.

    You'll know more than your friends - even more than most brokers. And you'll start "seeing" the money in the markets.

    So, let's get started.

    Here are the absolute basics, the things you need to know about stocks...

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  • A Map to Turn Fear into Profit

    Last Monday, I shared a chart with Money Map Report subscribers and suggested they may want to batten down the hatches because I saw a 30- to 40-point drop happening by the end of the week.

    Now I want to share that same chart with you plus a new one - and encourage you to do the same thing.

    The shellacking the markets took last Thursday is the most powerful warning sign we've seen yet that things are not what they seem in the financial markets. For lack of a better term, it's a bearish omen, despite Monday's recovery.

    Today I want to talk about what that means for your money and what you can do about it in the name of protecting your money and, more importantly, the pursuit of profits.

    Contrary to what you might believe, not all bears are bad news.

    Let's start with the chart....
  • How to Find the Best Investments Amid Global Uncertainty: A Three-Tiered Strategy Best Investments 2014

    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...
  • How to Invest in Agriculture Ahead of Price Spikes in 2014 Hand grain

    Ukraine is Europe's most important actor in agriculture. And the Russian standoff over the Crimean region is creating a number of concerns for Europe's breadbasket.

    Ukraine also feeds North Africa, and social unrest over food prices in nations like Egypt and Tunisia will heat up again if grain prices continue to soar.

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  • Take Profits… While Everyone Else Takes Cover Volatility has certainly defined the markets in the early weeks of 2014.

    But rather than lock in losses by running to the sidelines, instead consider the profits that the boom/bust crowd are leaving behind...

    You see, the market to date has dropped just 6% after last year's surge of some 28%.

    It's only the investors expecting an uninterrupted bull market party from last year who were caught off guard.

    So let's examine the market factors they're wrong about.

    And then convert them into a rock-solid, income power play...
  • How to Invest in Gold in 2014 MR20140102

    Money Morning Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." Tuesday to discuss with viewers how to invest in gold in 2014.

    Host Stuart Varney points out that gold prices fell more than 30% in 2013. Varney predicts that investors are looking ahead for answers when it comes to gold in 2014.

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  • How to Invest in the Most Expensive Drugs on the Market Medicine Pills Stacked Like Increasing Graph on Newly Designed U.S. One Hundred Dollar Bills. Drugs that treat rare diseases - "orphan drugs" - can command breathtaking prices. Five approved by the Food and Drug Administration this year cost $150,000 per person, and three cost more than $300,000. That has helped triple global revenue for orphan drugs from $28 billion in 2004 to $84 billion last year. And over the next few years the biggest winners in this lucrative market are not going to be Big Pharma, but these two companies...
  • Trailing Stops Explained – And Why You Need Them Stop

    Here at Money Morning, we're big proponents of using trailing stops as an easy and effective way to mitigate risk and boost gains.

    And yet a surprisingly large group of individual investors don't use them, or have never heard the importance of trailing stops explained.

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  • Your "Uncle" Is the World's Smartest Trader It's interesting that an investor in the "communist" Peoples' Republic of China can make millions tax-free... while investors in the United States - the supposed bastion of free enterprise and capitalism - have to pay, in some cases, a near-50% tax on investment gains. If trading and investing is all about weighing risk and reward, then the tax code itself makes Uncle Sam the ultimate trader. He gets a nice chunk of your reward, even as he avoids your risk. Now, I don't mind having Uncle Sam as a silent partner, but like any good partner, he should stick around to help shoulder losses during bad times as well as participate in the good times. Unfortunately, this isn't what happens...
  • "The Best Opportunity of the Decade" From the Editor: We're providing special access to Private Briefing today because it contains a crucial conversation between Executive Editor Bill Patalon and Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, who uncovered the massive new energy demand source you've been hearing about. This particular briefing details one of the longer-term beneficiaries in the natural gas space... At the end of our October 21 update on Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) and the liquefied natural gas revolution, we promised to bring you an additional LNG recommendation.
    In this column, we're keeping that promise...
  • How to Invest Today in the Rapidly Shifting U.S. Natural Gas Market gas pipe line

    The U.S. natural gas industry is undergoing seismic changes that are inverting the traditional gas supply-and-demand map of the United States - literally redrawing it.

    And this offers the opportunity to make even more money than before for those who know how to invest in natural gas today.

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  • How to Invest During Turbulent Times 20131014-keith-fitz-gerald

    Earlier this week (Monday), Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on Bloomberg TV to break down his method for how to invest during turbulent times.

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