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Follow columnist Kathy Kristof as she shares lessons from her real-life investment portfolio.
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For the three-month period during which I essentially ignored my investments, the Practical Investing portfolio rose 10%.
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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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Gilead Sciences stock was selling for a mere 7 times estimated 2016 earnings when I snapped up 150 shares.
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Constantly checking market results practically begs you to do something, even if doing nothing is the best course.
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Because I'm a diehard bargain hunter, I find Apple's stock too cheap to pass up.
I never should have owned Sohu, the Chinese Internet stock, in the first place. Buying it was a rash move.
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.
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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Coming interest-rate hikes are creating a frenzy. Maybe investors should just chill.
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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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I've been asking myself whether American Capital's drop represents a buying opportunity or a warning that something is amiss.
Just as there is no one-size-fits-all method for raising a child, there is no universal blueprint for building a portfolio.
Unlike mutual funds, newsletters have a lot of freedom to highlight figures that cast them in the best possible light.
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.
Seagate's regular (and rising) payout provides this investor some comfort in an ever-changing market.
When the math says sell, it's time to take some profits ... but sometimes you can make an exception or two.
You can use realized investment losses to lower your tax bill, but be sure to comply with Uncle Sam's "wash rule."
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