Practical Investing

Follow columnist Kathy Kristof as she shares lessons from her real-life investment portfolio.

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, October 2016

How Doing Nothing Can Pay Off for Investors

For the three-month period during which I essentially ignored my investments, the Practical Investing portfolio rose 10%.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016

AV Homes: A Cheap Stock With Rich Potential

This small homebuilder's first-quarter results were impressive, with big gains in number of dwellings sold and other key measures.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2016

Biotech Giant Gilead Sciences Goes on Sale

Gilead Sciences stock was selling for a mere 7 times estimated 2016 earnings when I snapped up 150 shares.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2016

Don't Let the Day's News Drive Your Investing

Constantly checking market results practically begs you to do something, even if doing nothing is the best course.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, April 2016

Why I Keep Buying Apple Stock

Because I'm a diehard bargain hunter, I find Apple's stock too cheap to pass up.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, March 2016

More Lessons on Selling Your Stocks

I never should have owned Sohu, the Chinese Internet stock, in the first place. Buying it was a rash move.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, February 2016

How Losing Stocks Are Like Ex-Spouses

It took me 16 years to leave my ex. But I wanted to get divorced from my hurtful investments more quickly, so I called a couple of financial therapists.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, January 2016

Key to Investing Success: Knowing When to Sell Your Stocks

I own several stocks I should have sold, but a stubborn adherence to a buy-and-hold philosophy prevented me from pulling the trigger.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, December 2015

Wall Street Is Wrong on REITs

Coming interest-rate hikes are creating a frenzy. Maybe investors should just chill.

See More On: REITs | Stocks & Bonds

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, November 2015

4 Best Tech Stocks to Build a Portfolio

These are companies that make products I use every day and I think I understand well enough to make the foundation of my portfolio.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, October 2015

Sticking With a Sinking Stock

I've been asking myself whether American Capital's drop represents a buying opportunity or a warning that something is amiss.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, September 2015

How to Design the Right Portfolio for You

Just as there is no one-size-fits-all method for raising a child, there is no universal blueprint for building a portfolio.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, August 2015

Beware Investment-Newsletter Hype

Unlike mutual funds, newsletters have a lot of freedom to highlight figures that cast them in the best possible light.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2015

Being a Clever Investor Isn't Always Smart

I'll save a little more in taxes than I "lost" on my tax-inspired trades, but I'm not sure that the savings were worth all the angst.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2015

The Power of Reinvested Dividends

Seagate's regular (and rising) payout provides this investor some comfort in an ever-changing market.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, May 2015

Pruning Pricey Stocks From Your Portfolio

When the math says sell, it's time to take some profits ... but sometimes you can make an exception or two.

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From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, April 2015

How to Make Your Losing Investments Pay Off

You can use realized investment losses to lower your tax bill, but be sure to comply with Uncle Sam's "wash rule."

See More On: Tax Breaks | Tax Planning

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