investment advice

Year-End Review: Five 401(k) Must-Dos Before 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching, so you've only got a few days left to make changes to your 401(k) for 2012. These five tips will help you make the most of that limited time, and put you on track in your efforts to make your golden years as comfortable as possible.

Painless Investing: Why a New Generation Will Dive Into Stocks

Many Americans have been spooked out of the stock market by Great Recession and its aftermath. But despite their apprehensions, the children of the baby boomers are actually eager to jump into stocks -- primarily because they weren't burned personally by the crash.

Eastman Kodak: This Stock Is Probably Going to Zero

In the wake of Eastman Kodak's bankruptcy filing, some speculators will be tempted in the coming days to nibble on the company's battered shares. But if you know what's good for your portfolio, you'll stay away.

The 5 Dow Stocks Every Dividend Lover Should Own

Millions of investors have discovered how profitable dividend stocks can be, and it's not hard to find great companies for your dividend portfolio. Here are the five Dow stocks that best combine high dividends with a consistent track record of gains.

Why Even the Wealthiest 1% Are Fed Up With Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street crowd has plenty of reasons to complain about how the big financial institutions treat Main Street America. But you'll be shocked to find out how poorly the masters of the investment world treat their richest clients. Multimillionaire and ex-CEO Al Checchi pulls back the curtain.

Michael Moore's Money Advice Will Leave You Poorer

Filmmaker and political gadfly Michael Moore has joined the Occupy Wall Street movement, and his tirades against corporate greed, bailouts for bankers, unemployment are all mostly accurate and on point -- but when he says "the 99%" should stay out of the markets, he's giving terrible financial advice.

Is There an Enron SItting In Your Portfolio?

Enron may be the most infamous, but it's just one of many instances of financial chicanery in recent corporate history. Examples of such shenanigans are rich, ripe, and recurring, right up to the present. Learning to spot potential black holes -- which we'll help you do in this series -- will allow you to avoid bad investments and purge your portfolio of ticking time bombs.

What Are the Winning Sectors to Invest in Now?

During the first quarter, it seemed cyclical companies would rule the roost in 2011. How things have changed! Defensive stocks have come roaring back. Oil is well off its highs, and growth estimates are coming down in the U.S. and China. In that context, how do you want to position your portfolio?

Three Old Reliable Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul

The short-term investors may account for most of the daily trading volume in stock markets, but slow and steady usually wins the investment race. The trick is to identify stocks likely to perform well over periods of years -- or even decades. Here are three strong options:

Can Motley Fool's Stock Picker Tap Wisdom of Crowds?

Popular investing site The Motley Fool has patented a system it believes can predict stock performance. Called Motley Fool CAPS, it taps the collective brainpower of more than 170,000 investors. Based on its performance over the past five years, it appears to work. But can it really?

Is It Time to Dump Your Financial Adviser?

Your investment adviser is an important partner in your life -- after all, who knows your intimate financial details better? It's an intensely personal, yet professional, relationship. But what happens when you discover that it's not an ideal marriage?

Treasury TIPS: A Looming Disaster for Small Investors

Hoping to add some safety against inflation to their portfolios, many folks have been investing in Treasury inflation-protected securities -- TIPS. So now that inflation is on the horizon, they should be sitting pretty, right? Unfortunately not. Here's why.

Is Gold a Bubble About to Pop? These Charts Say No

Some say the precious metal will keep rising, others that it's tracing out a classic speculative bubble soon to burst. Nobody has a crystal ball, but an "agnostic" technical analysis of the charts provides some good clues about gold's future.

10 Rules of the Most Successful Amateur Investors

It's well known that 80% of professional fund managers underperform the market -- so how can an amateur investor like you hope to succeed? Matthew Schifrin, the investing editor of Forbes magazine, hunted down 10 of the best-performing amateur investors over the past decade and asked them for their investing secrets.

The Top 10 Growth Industries for 2011

After the long downturn, the coming year will present an opportunity for many industries to rejuvenate themselves. Independent researcher IBISWorld sorted through the data on 711 U.S.-based industries to give its predictions of the 10 top performing industries for 2011.

A Dying Banker's Investment Guide Could Fetch Big Bucks

With time running out, Gordon Murray, who was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, set to put down some common sense advice on financial planning and asset allocation. His 96-page book, co-written with former tennis champ Dan Goldie, could now attract a seven-figure advance.