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Tom Petruno
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Petruno, a former financial columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is an independent investor, writer and consultant. He lives in L.A.
Timely Strategies to Protect Your Portfolio
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Timely Strategies to Protect Your Portfolio

Now is the time to dial back on risk and protect your bull market gains.
October 4, 2018
Cut Your Investing Risk at Every Age
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Cut Your Investing Risk at Every Age

Take action now to preserve your gains.
October 4, 2018
How to Rebalance Your Portfolio
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How to Rebalance Your Portfolio

A risk of this long-running bull market: You may have more money in stocks than you should.
October 3, 2018
35 Ways to Earn up to 11% on Your Money
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35 Ways to Earn up to 11% on Your Money

Since the Great Recession, many investors' portfolios have been a tale of feast and famine.
May 23, 2018
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7 Ways to Earn 4% to 6% from Dividend-Paying Stocks
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7 Ways to Earn 4% to 6% from Dividend-Paying Stocks

Exchange-traded funds that own preferred stocks and steady-Eddie telecoms and utilities can provide safe and reliable payouts.
May 15, 2018
3 Ways to Earn 5% to 9% from Closed-End Funds
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3 Ways to Earn 5% to 9% from Closed-End Funds

The trick to these investments is to buy in when they trade below the underlying net asset value of their holdings.
May 10, 2018
4 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 6% in High-Yield Bonds
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4 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 6% in High-Yield Bonds

A sense that the economic good times can't run on forever has pushed up yields.
May 10, 2018
3 Ways to Earn 8% to 11% from Master Limited Partnerships
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3 Ways to Earn 8% to 11% from Master Limited Partnerships

Pipeline companies pump profits from moving America's rising oil production.
May 10, 2018
3 Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 5% in Foreign Bonds
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3 Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 5% in Foreign Bonds

With slow growth in Japan and Western Europe keeping rates there low, U.S. investors will need to look to emerging markets for real yield.
May 10, 2018
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3 Ways to Earn 1%-2% in Short-Term Accounts
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3 Ways to Earn 1%-2% in Short-Term Accounts

As the Federal Reserve continues to raise rates, your cash is getting a better return. But inflation is still nibbling away.
May 10, 2018
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5 Ways to Earn 4% to 9% from Real-Estate Investment Trusts
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5 Ways to Earn 4% to 9% from Real-Estate Investment Trusts

Real estate investment trusts had a great run. They're discounted now, and still hold promise.
May 10, 2018
4 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 4% in Investment-Grade Bonds
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4 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 3% to 4% in Investment-Grade Bonds

We've found low-cost funds that give you a wide range of these low-risk investments.
May 10, 2018
3 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 2% - 3% in Municipal Bonds
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3 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 2% - 3% in Municipal Bonds

If you make a lot of money and live in a high-tax state, municipal bonds can be magic.
May 10, 2018
5 Stocks to Sell for 2018
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5 Stocks to Sell for 2018

Recommending stocks to sell in a hot market is begging to be humbled.
December 6, 2017
7 Great 'America First' Stocks to Own Under Trump
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7 Great 'America First' Stocks to Own Under Trump

Since President Donald Trump’s surprise victory in November, Wall Street has been scrambling to identify businesses that have the most to gain under t…
October 4, 2017
8 Bargain Dividend Stocks in a Pricey Market
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8 Bargain Dividend Stocks in a Pricey Market

Value-oriented investors have faced slim pickings in the U.S.
August 9, 2017
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8 Cheap Stocks for a Pricey Market
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8 Cheap Stocks for a Pricey Market

In a market obsessed with sexy, fast-growing technology companies, a better long-term strategy may be to look for wallflowers.
June 9, 2017
5 Best Stocks for Investing in Cancer Treatments
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5 Best Stocks for Investing in Cancer Treatments

These firms are in the forefront of the cancer wars, and their stocks should deliver healthy gains.
April 21, 2017
8 Stocks to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates
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8 Stocks to Benefit from Rising Interest Rates

Donald Trump's election as president has fueled a powerful stock-market rally rooted in expectations of faster economic growth in 2017.
March 8, 2017
8 Best Dividend Stocks in the Russell 2000 Index
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8 Best Dividend Stocks in the Russell 2000 Index

January 19, 2017
9 Great Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2016
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9 Great Dividend-Paying Stocks for 2016

After a bull-market run of nearly seven years, picking winning stocks in 2016 may be about choosing reliability over flash.
January 11, 2017
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4 Best Stocks for Yield at a Reasonable Price
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4 Best Stocks for Yield at a Reasonable Price

Here's an old-school idea: Buy big-name stocks with above-average dividend yields and below-average price-earnings ratios.
October 20, 2016
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Good Dividend-Paying Tech Stocks Selling at Good Prices
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Good Dividend-Paying Tech Stocks Selling at Good Prices

Shares of these technology companies offer income investors yield at a reasonable price, or YARP for short.
September 21, 2016
8 Good Dividend Stocks Trading at Bargain Prices
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8 Good Dividend Stocks Trading at Bargain Prices

In a high-flying stock market, some nervous investors are looking for insurance.
September 19, 2016
Sanofi: One of the World's Greatest Stocks
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Sanofi: One of the World's Greatest Stocks

Our search for great stocks from around the world led us to the French drug maker.
September 7, 2016
World's Greatest Stocks: SAP
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World's Greatest Stocks: SAP

Our search for great stocks from around the world led us to Europe's largest software company.
September 7, 2016
Looking for a Great Foreign Stock? This Bud's for You
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Looking for a Great Foreign Stock? This Bud's for You

Our search for great stocks from around the world led us to Belgium, home to the world's biggest brewer.
September 2, 2016