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Investing Tips

Avoid These 4 Common Investing Mistakes

It's been a great year for investors who stayed in the market, and stayed disciplined. The S&P 500 is up more than 25% on the year, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 21%.

But making money isn't just about finding stocks/investments that will increase in price. It also involves avoiding the common investing mistakes that prevent retail investors from enjoying record-high markets.

Hot Stocks

Best Stocks to Buy Now: A Money Morning Weekly Recap

The stock markets have been going up so far and for so long that many analysts predict a correction is in store. The S&P 500 hit a record high today (Wednesday) to trade above its record high hit last week, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record highs Monday and Friday.

While the Twitter IPO dominated headlines last week, we aren't fans of the stock. There are much better places to put your money to profit from these record market highs, as we've detailed below.

Hot Stocks

Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) Has the Right Formula

When looking for stocks to buy that match Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald's concept of "glocals," I couldn't do any better than the Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW).

Keith often recommends "glocal" stocks to buy to Money Morning readers because they have fortress-like balance sheets, experienced management, and globally recognized brands backed up with highly localized product offerings. Many pay above average income too, which is always nice.

The Fed

Keith Fitz-Gerald Nails It on Today's FOMC Meeting

Almost every major news outlet predicted a taper coming out of today's FOMC meeting, but Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald went on the record months ago correctly predicting there would be no taper.

The major news outlets were wrong, and Fitz-Gerald nailed it…

Investing Tips

The Only "Crash Talk" Worth Trading

You've no doubt heard the "crash talk" intensifying after two triple-digit down days. But after reviewing more than 100 commentaries, there are exactly two and a half I take seriously.

The one we'll start with can not only help you now – as in today. It can also give you a permanent edge, because most people will never know how it works.

That's a shame.

The indicator you're about to see has predicted every major market inflection point since 1985.

And that's why I need to show you its current "readings" while there's something you can do about it all. We'll look at four moves, in fact. Taking an initial stake in the shares below – or adding to your position – is just one of them…

First, here's the indicator that can give you as much as a 30-day "heads up"…

U.S. Economy

The "Part Time-ification" of America: How We've Been Conned Again

By now, you've had a few days to digest the "wonderful" jobs numbers reported from Washington last Friday.

Well, don't get too excited about the economy. We've been conned again.

First off, 59% of all jobs created this year are in 3 sectors: Leisure/Hospitality, Retail Trade and Administrative/Waste Services. Wages in those sectors have fallen by 0.7%. These jobs pay an average of $15.80 per hour versus the $23.98 average hourly wage. Which means "jobs creation" just equals cheaper labor.

The American jobs participation rate is at 34-year lows and falling, as people give up and leave the workforce.

Underemployment is between 14% and 15% and rising.

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The Hidden, Yet Surprisingly Obvious Investing Secret of the Top 1 Percent

It's rare when an investing secret becomes so obvious that it looks us in the eye…

And nearly all Americans completely miss it.

But one such secret has been so greatly underestimated that Nobel Prize-winning economists, investing legends and those considered to be the "best" minds in finance are now finally waking up to its possibilities–and its astonishing track record.

In fact, this secret has been one of the key drivers in the growing wealth divide between the top 1 percent and the average American worker.

It has grown more pronounced in the past three decades: the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, and the middle class has been increasingly marginalized.

Many believe that the ultra-wealthy have achieved their status by either being born into money or by becoming a C-level executive for a publicly traded company. But as Stanford University professor Joshua Rauh explains in a recent study, both of these assumptions are wrong.

The biggest and obvious secret to new-found, extreme wealth?

Investing in technological innovation and the expanding global scale and branding of must-have products and services.

And once you learn how to harness this trend, you'll know how to invest like the top 1 percent and can begin your path to accumulating extreme financial wealth.

To continue reading, please click here…

Precious Metals

Why Gold Really Crashed and What You Can Do About It

The news is great at telling us what's happening. But knowing what's happening is a lot different than understanding what happened – and that's what makes the difference between an average investor and truly great investors.

Gold's crash Monday is a perfect example. The media was falling all over itself as one pundit after the other came on TV to talk about how gold was falling and how far off its highs it was. Few tied the devastating slide to real economic events — let alone made the connection to actual trading.

But that's my bread and butter. Today I'm going to tell you what really happened and why – from a market insider's perspective. Then I'm going to tell you what to expect next and, most importantly, how you can use the situation to your advantage.

There are three fundamental things going on – all of which are at a very high level and all of which are completely transparent to most investors:

Buy, Sell or Hold

Buy, Sell or Hold: Is Coca-Cola Still the "Real Thing" For Investors?

Suffice it to say, Coke has been a big part of our culture for over 100 years.

When I was growing up I wasn't shy about shaking a malfunctioning vending machine whenever my craving for an icy cold Coke kicked in. 

But lately, have you noticed you are more likely to grab a Starbucks coffee for your caffeine fix? 

Or maybe you are more inclined to pick up a sports or energy drink when you are on the go.  Better yet, as you become more health conscious, it's a juice or a fruit smoothie that does the trick.

The good news is that the Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) has "matured"  right along with you and is trying to use its status as the most recognized brand in the world to deliver new products to its thirsty customers.

That's one of the reasons I'm so bullish about Coke these days. But it's not the only one…

Stock Market

Why this Ivy League Professor Sees Dow Hitting 18,000

The bears predicting a stock market crash have it all wrong.

So says Jeremy Siegel, finance professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and author of "Stocks for the Long Run." He predicts the Dow – which closed yesterday (Wednesday) at a new record high 14,455.28 – will continue the bull market run, ending this year in the 16,000 to 17,000 range.

For 2014, he says, the "best bet goal" is the Dow will climb to 18,000.

And the well-known bull has nearly 150 years of data to back up his bold prediction.

Here's why Siegel is so bullish.