Investing

Stocks

With “SPACs,” Now You Can Invest In Companies Before They Go Public

This alternative to an IPO called a SPAC enables small investors to invest early in an electric-truck maker, a space tourism business and more…and a lot more opportunities are on...

Stocks

Stocks Benefit From Cancer-Test Breakthroughs

Genetic blood testing is a $6 billion market destined to grow to $50 billion.

Foreign Investing

Buffett’s Betting on Japan. Should You?

There are big opportunities for small investors in the beaten down Japanese stock market, as evidenced by Warren Buffett’s multibillion-dollar investment.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Beware Private-Equity in Your 401(k)

Private-equity investments may sound tempting but can have hidden drawbacks.

Foreign Investing

Why These Foreign-Stock Funds Could Outshine US Funds

Bottom Line Personal asked stock-fund experts Janet M. Brown and Neena Mishra, CFA, why foreign stocks provide big opportunities now and which are the best mutual funds and exchang...

Stocks

Toxic Stocks: These Beaten-Down Companies May Never Recover

Some major companies will never fully recover from the pandemic plunge, making them “toxic stocks” that should be shunned.

Stocks

You Can Buy Fractions of a Stock as a Gift

More than half-a-dozen brokerages let you buy slices of a stock for as little as a few dollars per share.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

ETFs Of Stocks That Help You Get Through the Pandemic

The stocks in these funds range from coronavirus fighters to stay-at-home helpers.

Portfolio Strategy

The Election and The Stock Market

There are sharp contrasts in how a new President Biden or returning President Trump would affect the economy and stock market. Here’s what it all means to your personal finances.

Stocks

Don’t Miss These Hidden Opportunities in Foreign Stocks

Attractive foreign stocks include companies that are helping parts of the world deal with the pandemic, defense spending, low interest rates and more.

Stocks

Coronavirus Puts Focus on Health-Testing Stocks

These companies test for current or past coronavirus or for other diseases that can be detected from home tests.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Active Fund Managers Are Drawing More Fans

This year’s market crash opened up opportunities for top fund managers to spot bargains while avoiding the most vulnerable sectors.

Stocks

2020 Trends That Will Drive Stocks for Years

The stocks this fund manager hunts for are tapping into consumer trends that have gotten a boost from the upheaval in consumer behavior and spending.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Alternative Funds Help Balance Volatile Portfolios

When added to a mix of stocks and bonds, these funds can provide extra protection against volatility.

Mutual Funds & ETFs

Avoid These Mistakes When Investing in Target-Date Funds

Some target-date funds did much better than the stock market during this year’s crash but still may be too volatile if you’re close to retirement.