Practical Investing

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
For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile
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For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile

Tesla gets all the attention, but with actual profits, GM can afford to finance innovation.
January 8, 2018
How I can Afford Semi-Retirement at Age 56
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How I can Afford Semi-Retirement at Age 56

When you've got a novel to write, but still have bills to pay, well-timed stock sales can help keep the balance.
December 6, 2017
Why I Think Apple's Stock Is a Bargain
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Why I Think Apple's Stock Is a Bargain

Though Apple is already largest holding in my portfolio, I'm sorely tempted to buy more.
November 2, 2017
Investors, Don't Let Current Events Spook You
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Investors, Don't Let Current Events Spook You

It may seem like you’re facing the storm of the century every time you turn on the news, but the markets have survived far worse.
September 22, 2017
Why I'm Hanging On to a Loser
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Why I'm Hanging On to a Loser

Gilead is way down from when I bought it, but it is flush with cash and has dozens of promising medications in its pipeline.
August 24, 2017
I Add Two Bargains to My Portfolio
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I Add Two Bargains to My Portfolio

One pick, Lazard, is a global investment banking firm. Its reasonable share price provides a margin of safety.
August 1, 2017
How One Bad Year Can Wreck Your Investing Results
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How One Bad Year Can Wreck Your Investing Results

My 2015 setback has had a dramatic impact on my cumulative returns. On that basis, I trail my bogey by 31 percentage points.
May 25, 2017
Is Intel's Buying Binge a Good Thing?
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Is Intel's Buying Binge a Good Thing?

Intel’s purchase of Mobileye is its second mega-deal in the past two years, but Intel doesn’t have a stellar history when it comes to bi…
May 1, 2017
Can This Fallen Biotech Be Revived?
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Can This Fallen Biotech Be Revived?

I've been sorely tempted to sell my Gilead shares. But now that they're cheaper, maybe I should buy more.
April 12, 2017
A Takeover Boosts My Portfolio
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A Takeover Boosts My Portfolio

But the merger left me sitting on a ton of cash that’s earning almost nothing.
February 23, 2017
This Stumbling Biotech Stock Still Has a Lot of Promise
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This Stumbling Biotech Stock Still Has a Lot of Promise

Gilead Sciences' robust product pipeline should turn things around.
January 3, 2017
My Portfolio's Uninvited Guests
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My Portfolio's Uninvited Guests

A well-considered spin-off can increase the value of both parent and child by allowing each to focus on a narrower set of goals.
December 6, 2016
Why Is My Portfolio Lagging? Blame It on 2015
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Why Is My Portfolio Lagging? Blame It on 2015

A portfolio without FANGs was doomed to have trouble last year.
November 1, 2016
Learning From My Misguided Attempt to Beat the Market
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Learning From My Misguided Attempt to Beat the Market

Selling quality stocks was just one of the mistakes.
October 4, 2016
How Doing Nothing Can Pay Off for Investors
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How Doing Nothing Can Pay Off for Investors

For the three-month period during which I essentially ignored my investments, the Practical Investing portfolio rose 10%.
September 7, 2016
AV Homes: A Cheap Stock With Rich Potential
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AV Homes: A Cheap Stock With Rich Potential

This small homebuilder's first-quarter results were impressive, with big gains in number of dwellings sold and other key measures.
June 7, 2016
Biotech Giant Gilead Sciences Goes on Sale
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Biotech Giant Gilead Sciences Goes on Sale

Gilead Sciences stock was selling for a mere 7 times estimated 2016 earnings when I snapped up 150 shares.
May 26, 2016
Don't Let the Day's News Drive Your Investing
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Don't Let the Day's News Drive Your Investing

Constantly checking market results practically begs you to do something, even if doing nothing is the best course.
April 5, 2016
Why I Keep Buying Apple Stock
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Why I Keep Buying Apple Stock

Because I'm a diehard bargain hunter, I find Apple's stock too cheap to pass up.
March 8, 2016
More Lessons on Selling Your Stocks
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More Lessons on Selling Your Stocks

I never should have owned Sohu, the Chinese Internet stock, in the first place. Buying it was a rash move.
February 9, 2016
How Losing Stocks Are Like Ex-Spouses
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How Losing Stocks Are Like Ex-Spouses

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 therapist…
January 13, 2016
Key to Investing Success: Knowing When to Sell Your Stocks
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Key to Investing Success: Knowing When to Sell Your Stocks

I own several stocks I should have sold, but a stubborn adherence to a buy-and-hold philosophy prevented me from pulling the trigger.
December 7, 2015
Wall Street Is Wrong on REITs
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Wall Street Is Wrong on REITs

Coming interest-rate hikes are creating a frenzy. Maybe investors should just chill.
November 2, 2015
4 Best Tech Stocks to Build a Portfolio
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4 Best Tech Stocks to Build a Portfolio

These are companies that make products I use every day and I think I understand well enough to make the foundation of my portfolio.
October 9, 2015
Sticking With a Sinking Stock
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Sticking With a Sinking Stock

I've been asking myself whether American Capital's drop represents a buying opportunity or a warning that something is amiss.
September 4, 2015