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James Glassman writes monthly about economic and investing trends.

August 2, 2018

Don’t Ignore Small-Company Stocks

Small-cap stocks tend to move in cycles, and we look to be on the rising side of one.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds | Tech Stocks

July 6, 2018

More Gains in Store for Homebuilders

Recommending homebuilders’ stocks isn’t the contrarian call it used to be. Now the concern is that they might be overvalued. But I think they still have room to run.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

June 7, 2018

Stocks to Energize Your Portfolio

Energy stocks that have performed poorly in recent years have now started to perk up. Buy some, but don’t go nuts.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

May 10, 2018

Trade War? These Stocks Will Do Best

If tariffs soar, the economy will take a hit. But firms that don't rely as much on global trade will be harmed less than those that do.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Markets

April 4, 2018

Why You Should Stick With Stocks

Investors are just realizing that you don’t earn an average of 10% annually without taking some risk and suffering some pain.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Saving for Retirement

March 8, 2018

Should You Invest in Commodities?

Investments in crops, metals, energy, currencies and other tangible things tend to go up when stocks and bonds go down.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Financial Planning

February 1, 2018

Is the Stock Market Dangerously High?

Warning signs are flashing, but no one has the slightest idea when a bull market -- or a bear market, for that matter -- will end.

See More On: Markets | Stocks & Bonds

December 28, 2017

Is It Time to Try Investing in Japan Again?

If you're ready, you need to employ a cautious strategy.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Smart Buying

December 6, 2017

James Glassman's 10 Stock Picks for 2018

Columnist James K. Glassman consults with experts from top funds and firms to identify 10 stocks to that should outperform the S&P 500.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

October 20, 2017

12 Investments to Cash in on China

China has created the most successful economic revolution the world has ever seen, and it still has room to grow.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Foreign Stocks & Emerging Markets

October 5, 2017

4 Mutual Fund Managers Who Can Help You Beat the Market

Star fund managers are a vanishing breed, but I still think they offer value to the investor.

See More On: Mutual Funds | Stocks & Bonds

August 1, 2017

Why Socially Responsible Investing Is Not for Me

Wanting to put your money in firms that follow certain ideals is laudable, sure. But it's not as straightforward as it used to be.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

June 22, 2017

16 Stock Picks With Staying Power

Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has never recorded a loss over any 20-year period.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Economic Forecasts | Making Your Money Last

April 21, 2017

How to Thrive as Market Cycles Return

We’re heading back to the old normal. The Fed is raising interest rates as the economy approaches full employment and inflation picks up.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Economic Forecasts

April 5, 2017

Buy Retail Stocks at Wholesale Prices

Department-store stocks have lost one-fifth of their value in the past five years, while the overall stock market has nearly doubled.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

March 8, 2017

Investors, Stop Worrying About a Bear Market

It's not like there aren't risks out there, but the smart strategy is to stay in stocks, and stay diversified.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Economic Forecasts | Investor Psychology

February 7, 2017

Best Ways to Invest in Bonds Now

With Donald Trump's election, the yield on U.S. bonds has risen dramatically. That spells opportunity for bond investors.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | ETFs | Mutual Funds

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