Investors drawn to double-digit yields from mortgage REITs and other instruments commonly overlook some major risk factors.
Even after October's big gains, 4 leading blue chips still have room to run.
Railroads are likely to lead the markets higher in the weeks ahead, and these three in particular will be good buys on pullbacks.
Stocks are clearly in a sustainable rally, as the charts show, but the watchword for new investments is patience.
Among the factors that could push stocks higher in the weeks ahead is a flow of assets from losing bond funds into stronger equities.
Bullish option plays are piling up for a pair of emerging market ETFs. Those who believe in a year-end rally can buy in on the next pullback.
Long-term performance is more about common sense. Hence the beauty of the Dogs of the Dow.
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