Practical Investing

Practical Investing

Real-world advice for the day-to-day management of your investment portfolio.

June 5, 2020

Stocks: Look to Market Breadth for Direction

Will stocks as a whole advance or retreat? Sometimes it’s a question of who is buying what.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Investor Psychology | Markets

April 3, 2020

How to Read an Annual Report

Focusing on the highlights can tip you off to important trends.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

March 4, 2020

What Drives Stock Returns?

Hint: It’s more than just company profits.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Financial Planning

January 30, 2020

Picking Stocks? Your Brokerage Can Help

Online brokers have beefed up investor tools and research.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Financial Planning

December 27, 2019

4 Reasons to Sell a Mutual Fund

Buy-and-hold is a great investing approach, but sometimes you just gotta let go.

See More On: Mutual Funds | Investor Psychology

October 10, 2019

How to Buy the Right ETF

Hundreds of ETFs debut every year. Use this guide to spot the good ones.

See More On: ETFs | Index Funds | Investor Psychology

October 3, 2019

5 Ways to Slice the S&P 500

What started as a plain-vanilla fund concept now comes in many flavors.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Index Funds

August 29, 2019

Be Smart About How You Trade Stocks

Giving your broker the right order can help you get the best price.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Investor Psychology

August 3, 2019

Tap Into Market Sentiment Before Investing

Find out what the herd thinks, then head in the other direction.

See More On: Investor Psychology | Markets | Stocks & Bonds

July 3, 2019

How to Stay the Course in Rocky Markets

The best returns come from time in the market, not timing the market.

See More On: Markets | Stocks & Bonds

April 4, 2019

How to Break Up With Your Stock

Why would you kick a stock to the curb? You first need to remember why you bought it in the first place.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Investor Psychology

March 7, 2019

The Practical Investor Packs It In

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, says goodbye to her readers.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Saving for Retirement

January 31, 2019

What I Learned When Stocks Tanked

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, invests in a “smart” index fund that hasn’t proven all that bright through the recent dark days of the market.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Markets | Mutual Funds

January 3, 2019

Why I Still Love Apple

The tech giant’s share prices have gotten pummeled lately, but its business still has staying power.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

November 29, 2018

The Upside of a Market Downturn

When share prices stumble, you can take advantage of buying opportunities.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Investor Psychology | Markets

November 1, 2018

I Dump a Loser to Raise Some Cash

Currency risk hurt one of columnist Kathy Kristof’s holdings — giving her one good opportunity to offset capital gains.

See More On: Tax Planning | ETFs | Foreign Stocks & Emerging Markets

August 30, 2018

My Plan B (C, D and E) to Raise Cash

I have several contingency plans for a down market, none of which require tons of sacrifice. So I’ve opted to hold less cash.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

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