investing tips

How to Profit From the Polar Vortex

Frigid temperatures across the U.S. have naturally led to higher natural gas consumption, draining inventories and pushing prices up. But the weather is about to change.

3 Universal Traits of a Great Investment

Here are three key traits that will key you in to a good investment in any sector, whether it's considered a growth stock or a value stock, a market favorite or a pariah.

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Portfolio

Spring cleaning isn't just for your house: It's also for your portfolio. Luckily, the market's recent rise will make it even easier to tackle these three financial tasks.

5 Moves to Make Before the Stock Market Rally Ends

With the Dow Jones industrial average soaring to new all-time highs, investors are enjoying the new-found prosperity reflected in their brokerage statements. But it you want to keep those paper profits, now's the time to start making some tough decisions.

What Two Unlikely Art Collectors Can Teach You About Investing

Herb and Dorothy Vogel never earned much money, but together, they amassed them one of the most significant modern art collections in the country. Now, you can't replicate the Vogel's genius, but you could learn from them -- because the rules they followed apply just as well in the investment world as the art world.

Are Individual Investors Destined to Fail?

It's axiomatic among financial-service professionals that most do-it-yourself investors are their own worst enemies, always in the grip of some cognitive bias. But might the professionals be too pessimistic?

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Victoria O'Hara's 6 Best Tips for Would-Be Investors

Victoria O'Hara parlayed a relative's gift of one share of stock into a sizable portfolio by investing in a few shares at a time, on a postal worker's salary. Here are her top lessons for any novice investors hoping to emulate her success.

These 3 Investing Mistakes Cost Me a Small Fortune

A business journalist reveals the three stocks he most regrets mishandling -- investments that could have made his portfolio much larger than it is today. Learn from his mistakes, and you can avoid making them yourself.

Stop Paying Wall Street Extra for Your Mutual Funds

Pop quiz: If someone wanted to charge you $600 for something you could get for $10 elsewhere, who would you buy it from? Sounds like a no-brainer. But when people buy mutual funds, they often end up paying the $600 price instead of the $10 one.

3 Holiday Predictions You Can Invest On

It's going to be another interesting holiday shopping season as retailers jockey for position for the seasonal spending sprees. Where will buyers go? What will they buy? Let me go out on a limb and predict a few things.

Sane Investing Stratagies for This Insane Market

Talk about volatility: Since Oct. 1, there has been only one trading day where the market hasn't swung by at least 1% between its low and high points. This sort of market leads many investors to make big mistakes, but we have some time-tested tactics that will help you avoid the pitfalls.

How to Calculate Market Cap and Enterprise Value

Despite how difficult and intimidating professional money managers and Wall Street talking heads make it seem, math for investing is material that most 10-year-olds have learned upon graduating fifth grade. Let's consider two key metrics that you'll want to consider before buying shares of any company.