Practical Investing

Give Your Portfolio Some Shine
Becoming an Investor

Give Your Portfolio Some Shine

With a weaker dollar and inflation stirring, it could be a good time to diversify with a little gold.
September 30, 2020
Understand the Major Indexes
investing

Understand the Major Indexes

“The market” has many proxies, but there are important differences among them.
June 24, 2020
Stocks: Look to Market Breadth for Direction
investing

Stocks: Look to Market Breadth for Direction

Will stocks as a whole advance or retreat? Sometimes it’s a question of who is buying what.
June 5, 2020
How to Read an Annual Report
investing

How to Read an Annual Report

Focusing on the highlights can tip you off to important trends.
April 3, 2020
What Drives Stock Returns?
investing

What Drives Stock Returns?

Hint: It’s more than just company profits.
March 5, 2020

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4 Reasons to Sell a Mutual Fund
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4 Reasons to Sell a Mutual Fund

Buy-and-hold is a great investing approach, but sometimes you just gotta let go.
December 27, 2019
How to Buy the Right ETF
investing

How to Buy the Right ETF

Hundreds of ETFs debut every year. Use this guide to spot the good ones.
November 26, 2019
5 Ways to Slice the S&P 500
investing

5 Ways to Slice the S&P 500

What started as a plain-vanilla fund concept now comes in many flavors.
October 3, 2019
Be Smart About How You Trade Stocks
investing

Be Smart About How You Trade Stocks

Giving your broker the right order can help you get the best price.
August 30, 2019
Tap Into Market Sentiment Before Investing
investing

Tap Into Market Sentiment Before Investing

Find out what the herd thinks, then head in the other direction.
August 5, 2019
How to Stay the Course in Rocky Markets
investing

How to Stay the Course in Rocky Markets

The best returns come from time in the market, not timing the market.
July 3, 2019
How to Break Up With Your Stock
investing

How to Break Up With Your Stock

Why would you kick a stock to the curb? You first need to remember why you bought it in the first place.
April 4, 2019
The Practical Investor Packs It In
investing

The Practical Investor Packs It In

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, says goodbye to her readers.
March 26, 2019
What I Learned When Stocks Tanked
investing

What I Learned When Stocks Tanked

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, invests in a “smart” index fund that hasn’t proven all that bright through the recent dark days of t…
January 31, 2019
Why I Still Love Apple
investing

Why I Still Love Apple

The tech giant’s share prices have gotten pummeled lately, but its business still has staying power.
January 3, 2019
The Upside of a Market Downturn
investing

The Upside of a Market Downturn

When share prices stumble, you can take advantage of buying opportunities.
November 29, 2018
I Dump a Loser to Raise Some Cash
investing

I Dump a Loser to Raise Some Cash

Currency risk hurt one of columnist Kathy Kristof’s holdings — giving her one good opportunity to offset capital gains.
November 1, 2018
My Plan B (C, D and E) to Raise Cash
investing

My Plan B (C, D and E) to Raise Cash

I have several contingency plans for a down market, none of which require tons of sacrifice. So I’ve opted to hold less cash.
August 30, 2018
Making the Most of a Buyout Offer
investing

Making the Most of a Buyout Offer

I can exchange my AV Homes stock for Taylor Morrison Home shares, receive 60% in cash and 40% in stock, or take the payment in cash.
August 2, 2018
My Dare-to-Be-Dull Investing Strategy Pays Off
investing

My Dare-to-Be-Dull Investing Strategy Pays Off

My stocks are doing so well it’s hard to find a laggard to sell to raise cash for new purchases.
July 6, 2018
Here's How I Size Up a Stock
investing

Here's How I Size Up a Stock

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, explains her formula for buying stocks -- the same strategy as Peter Lynch and other touted value in…
June 7, 2018
I'm Taking a Flier on Boeing Shares
investing

I'm Taking a Flier on Boeing Shares

Even if trade talks with China head south, I think Boeing can prevail.
May 10, 2018
Why I Paid a Premium for Costco
investing

Why I Paid a Premium for Costco

It isn’t just the shopping experience that has sold me on the stock. I also love how Costco runs its business.
April 4, 2018
What I Bought When Stocks Tanked
stocks

What I Bought When Stocks Tanked

Our "Practical Investing" columnist happily seized the moment to buy two stocks that had been on her wish list for a long time: Costco and Boeing.
March 8, 2018
How My Portfolio Performed in 2017
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How My Portfolio Performed in 2017

The market ran so fast that the relatively conservative portfolio of Kiplinger's Practical Investor simply couldn't keep up.
February 1, 2018