We think conservative investors could hold up to 10% of their portfolios in foreign stocks. One way to do that is to buy carefully chosen exchange traded funds (ETFs) that have an overseas focus. The best ETFs offer very low management fees and well-diversified, tax-efficient portfolios of high quality stocks.
ISHARES MSCI JAPAN INDEX FUND (American Exchange symbol EWJ; us.ishares.com) is …read more »
As they come closer to retirement, some investors decide that they are too old to assume any investment risk. That attitude is often abetted by advisors who recommend that they move a larger part of their investments from stocks to bonds and other fixed-return investments.
To some extent, this is an understandable strategy, since bonds provide steady income and a …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions about specific stocks and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions. While we reserve …read more »
Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a new or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you advice on how to trade stocks and other investment topics that will help you develop a successful approach to investing. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental tip and shows you how you …read more »
From time to time, companies set up one or more of their divisions or subsidiaries as an independent company, then hand out shares in that company to their own shareholders, as a special dividend or “spinoff”.
Many investors seem to view spinoffs as a nuisance, because they leave you with a tiny holding in a stock you didn’t choose and …read more »
Trading online through a discount broker, rather than with a full-service broker, is now the preferred option for many investors.
The main advantage of switching to a discount stock broker is lower commissions. Commission rates can be even cheaper if you trade stocks with your discount broker online, as opposed to placing orders over the telephone.
Although lower commissions are a …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions about stock investing and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And each week, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions. While we reserve …read more »
MCDONALD’S CORP. $87 (New York symbol MCD; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Consumer sector; Shares outstanding: 1.0 billion; Market cap: $87.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 3.2; Dividend yield: 3.5%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.mcdonalds.com) is seeing stronger competition from other fast-food chains. The higher U.S. dollar is also undermining the value of its overseas profits.
In the three months ended September 30, 2012, …read more »
These two leading banks have recovered strongly from the 2008/2009 financial crisis. Their healthier balance sheets and tighter lending policies have also lowered the risk of future writedowns. We feel J.P. Morgan is the better choice right now.
WELLS FARGO & CO. $34 (New York symbol WFC; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Finance sector; Shares outstanding: 5.3 billion; Market cap: $180.2 billion; …read more »
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V. ADRs $25 (New York symbol PHG; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; ADRs outstanding: 1.0 billion; Market cap: $25.0 billion; Priceto- sales ratio: 0.8; Dividend yield: 3.7%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.philips.com) continues to make progress with a major restructuring plan that includes cutting 4% of its workforce. This should save it 1.1 billion euros annually by …read more »