Street Smart

Street Smart

James Glassman writes monthly about economic and investing trends.

August 1, 2019

Picking Stocks: It’s Okay to Go With Your Gut

Investing in a Big Idea is more fun than other investing strategies, potentially more profitable and not necessarily more risky.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Investor Psychology

July 3, 2019

How—and Why—to Invest in the Dow

The Dow seems to prove that a reasonably diversified portfolio of 30 stocks will perform close to the broad market.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Markets

June 6, 2019

The Right Way to Add Bonds to Your Portfolio

When markets are choppy, bonds add ballast to your portfolio, offering stability no matter what interest rates do.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

May 9, 2019

Don’t Be Afraid to Invest in Emerging-Markets Stocks

Emerging-markets stocks have been beaten up so badly that they are a good value now.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Smart Buying

April 4, 2019

The Long-Term Allure of Dividends

The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index has returned an annualized 18.3% over the past 10 years, compared with 17.1% for the S&P 500.

See More On: Dividends

March 7, 2019

The Power of Index Funds

Index funds benefit investors in other ways besides low fees. Trading expenses and tax consequences are minimal.

See More On: Index Funds | Stocks & Bonds

January 30, 2019

Go Into Show Business With These Value Stocks

When times are tough, people are still willing to spend a buck to be amused.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Wealth Management

January 2, 2019

When It Makes Sense to Buy the Dip

If nothing serious has gone wrong with the company, consider a stock decline a buying opportunity.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Financial Planning

November 29, 2018

James K. Glassman's Top 10 Stock Picks for 2019

I am making a contrarian pick: the New York Times. The industry is said to be dead. But the Times is figuring out how to make money.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

November 1, 2018

How Oil and Gold Help Your Portfolio

Owning gold or oil — or both — can even out the volatility of a stock-heavy portfolio.

See More On: Markets | ETFs | Gold

October 4, 2018

What Drives Ariel Investments’ John Rogers

Rogers, a deep believer in the power of value stocks, says “It’s fun to be different,” he says. It’s been profitable, too.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

August 30, 2018

When Bad Things Happen to Good Markets

Looking at today’s booming economy, the question is not whether it is good but whether you think it is going to get better.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

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

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