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Should You Sell Before the Weakest Earnings Season?

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:18:18 -0500

The first quarter earnings reporting season is here. Analysts expect S&P 500 companies to earn 9.1% less than they did a year ago. This is easily the weakest earnings forecast since the financial crisis. Which sectors, if any, will post year-over-year earnings growth in this milieu? How will stocks fare during this reporting season? Will low earnings expectations help stocks sizzle even in the face of falling profits as they did during the previous reporting season? For answers, read How Will Stocks Fare During the Q1 2016 Earnings Reporting Season?.

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Will Q4 2015 Earnings Reports Bail Out Stocks?

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:36:18 -0500

Stock market volatility has spiked in the first week of 2016. The culprits: slowing growth in China, rising political tension in the Middle East and North Korea, and deteriorating solvency of oil & gas producers. Now, the fourth quarter earnings reporting season is about to get underway. During recent reporting seasons, stocks have risen after companies posted earnings. Will the same hold true this time? For the answer, read Will Q4 2015 Earnings Reports Bail Out Stocks?.

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Best Fidelity Mutual Funds for 2016

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:09:18 -0500

The best performing Fidelity Select Fund on average beats the S&P 500 by 44% each year. With the Fed looking to drain liquidity at a measured rate in 2016, economic growth and corporate earnings would likely bear the burden of driving stock prices higher next year. The combination of an expanding U. S. economy and inconsistently rising corporate profits is likely to lead to sizeable divergence in returns across sectors. Which Fidelity Select fund is likely to finish as the best performer in 2016? To get the 2016 forecast, read Fidelity Select Funds: Best, Worst, and 2016 Forecast.

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Why you should not Count on Stocks going Down Even if Interest Rates Rise in 2016

Fri, 4 Dec 2015 08:27:45 -0500

Major stock markets around the world appear set to post tepid returns in 2015. Concerns of a hike in interest rates whipsawed U. S. stocks through the year. This is likely to change soon. Strong economic data are encouraging the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in December. While some investors are concerned stocks would fare poorly in 2016 as interest rates rise, history is not on their side. So, how will stocks do in 2016? What types of no-load mutual funds are likely to fare well next year? For answers to these questions and more, read Best No-Load Mutual Funds for 2016.

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Should You Exit from Medical Care Services Stocks Too?

Wed, 24 Sep 2015 07:27:45 -0500

Medical care services stocks are up 44% since 2014 while the S&P 500 is up just 9%. These stocks are holding up better than the broad market during the turbulence of the past two months. Can these leaders continue to defy the broad market? What is driving Medical care services stocks? Do they have any near-term catalysts or risks? What is their long-term outlook? For answers to these questions and more, read Fidelity Select Medical Delivery and Health Care Services ETF Outlook.

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Fidelity Select Electronics and Semiconductor ETF Outlook

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:27:36 -0500

Semiconductor stocks are leading the market in the past year with a 14% gain. Global chip sales are up year-over-year for 24 straight months. Yet, chipmakers find the milieu challenging. They are seeking mergers to gain scale, efficiency, and new capabilities. What is the near and long-term outlook for semiconductor stocks? Is growth poised to accelerate or taper? For answers to these questions and more, read Fidelity Select Electronics and Semiconductor ETF Outlook.

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Will Current Market Leaders Continue to Lead the Market?

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:36:09 -0500

While the S&P 500 gained 1.3% in May, many sector funds and sector ETFs did much better. In fact, some of them gained double-digits. What is working in this market? What is driving the leading groups? Will putting money in these sectors now prove right or wrong? For answers to these questions and more, read Will these Leading Fidelity Sector Funds and Sector ETFs Continue to Lead the Market?

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Track these Sectors to Know when the Fed will Hike Interest Rates

Mon, 18 May 2015 09:17:44 -0500

When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question is upper most on many investors' minds. The Fed usually raises interest rates when it sees rising demand for goods & services or increasing threat of inflation. Historically, returns of different sectors relative to the S&P 500 provide clues on when the Fed will raise interest rates. To learn how you can use this simple method to get a leg up on the timing of the next interest rate hike, read How to Use Unique Sector Insights to Protect Your Money from the Fed.

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New Study Says Use Sector Investing to Cut Risk and Beat Indexing

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:27:54 -0500

Some investors are reluctant to invest in sectors. They see it as riskier than index investing. A recent study conducted by financial practitioners counters this perception. It shows investors can improve their portfolios from diversification and risk-adjusted return considerations by thinking cyclically and investing in sectors. To learn how you can reduce risks associated with sector investingand earn greater rewards than from index investing, read Not Sector Investing? New Study Proves You are Missing Opportunities.

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How to Use Earnings Forecasts to Pick Winning Sectors?

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:18:09 -0500

First quarter profit forecasts are under pressure from lower oil prices, a stronger U. S. dollar, and slower growth abroad. Analysts expect aggregate earnings to decline for the first time since the third quarter of 2015. At a sector level, the range in expected EPS growth is unusually wide ... from a negative 64.2% to a positive 10.5%. To learn which sectors are poised for strong EPS growth this quarter and increase your odds of investing in winners, read Sector Analysis: Earnings Growth Outlook by Sector in 1Q2015.

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Will This Sector Continue to Beat the Market?

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:40:54 -0500

An investment that does not follow the broad stock market helps in diversification. In 2015, real estate investments stand out in this regard. In January, the market went down. Real estate investments however rallied. In February, the opposite happened. The best part is real estate investments are leading the S&P 500. Is this the right time to invest in this sector? Can it continue leading the market? To learn what's ahead for real estate investments and invest in the right funds and ETFs, read Fidelity Real Estate and Real Estate ETF Outlook.

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How to Protect and Grow Your Money in this Market?

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:20:54 -0500

U. S. stocks have set new all-time highs after declining in January this year. Reversing some of their underperformance from 2014, foreign stocks are leading U. S. stocks. The bull market is near the end of its sixth year and the average stock is not a bargain. The Fed is likely to raise interest rates in the coming months. Clearly, you must protect your money and go after growth selectively in this market. To learn what's ahead for stocks and to invest in the right mutual funds for 2015, read Top Rated No Load Mutual Funds for 2015.

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Sectors You Should Look in to Get High Earnings Growth in 2015

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:45:45 -0500

The 2015 earnings guidance season is here. Earnings growth is among the more important factors influencing stock prices. To increase your odds of investing in winners, you need to know what sectors are slated to show strong earnings growth in 2015. Likewise, knowing where profits are expected to shrink can help you avoid losers.

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Right Sectors, Funds, and ETFs to Start 2015

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 07:54:27 -0500

Year 2015 was a good year for large-cap U. S. stocks. The benchmark set over 50 all-time highs through the year to end with a 14% gain. U. S. stocks now trade at a 15.8 forward P/E, higher than their 5-year and 10-year averages. Earnings expectations are up. Does the choppy start to 2015 mean the rally is over? To learn what's ahead for stocks and how to invest in 2015, read Mutual Fund Picks for 2015 and The Best ETFs for 2015.

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Best Fidelity Mutual Funds for 2015

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:36:45 -0500

The best performing Fidelity Select Fund on average beats the S&P 500 by 48% each year. Fidelity Select Electronics stands a good chance of finishing as the best performing Select fund in 2015. To read the 2015 forecast, read Fidelity Select Funds: Best, Worst, and 2015 Forecast.

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Markets You Should Avoid and Invest in 2015

Tue, 2 Dec 2014 07:27:45 -0500

Concerns of slowing global economic growth are up as 2014 draws to a close. Meanwhile, the price of oil is down 35% since the end of June. Which markets should you avoid in 2015? Which one should you invest in? Best No Load Mutual Funds for 2015 has the answers.

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Sector Funds to Invest in 3Q Earnings Report Season

Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:45:45 -0500

Earnings growth is among the more important factors influencing stock prices. What sectors are slated to show strong earnings growth? Which sectors should you invest during the 3Q earnings report season?

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Should You Invest in ETFs or Mutual Funds?

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:45:45 -0500

Investors often ponder whether to invest in ETFs or mutual funds? Both ETFs and mutual funds have their inbuilt advantages. They have their disadvantages too. Then, there is the performance angle. What is the right way to compare ETFs and mutual funds? 'Should You Invest in ETFs or Mutual Funds?' has the answers.

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Win with Disciplined Investing

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:54:45 -0500

The S&P 500 has gained at a 9.2% annual rate. The average investor has however earned an annualized return of just 2.5%. Emotional actions taken during the Great Recession and the dot-com bust adversely affected the average investor's investment return. The success of the AlphaProfit Core and Focus model portfolios during the same period shows the value of investing discipline in keeping emotions in check and helping investors prosper.

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Is the Bull Market Over?

Wed, 21 May 2014 08:27:09 -0500

Stocks are moving erratically. Large caps have doggedly set new highs. Small caps are in retreat since early March. At 15-times forward EPS, stocks are not really cheap. The Fed is slowly but surely cutting back on bond purchases. Is the bull market starting to run out of breath? Or, will it continue charging ahead? Read Top Rated No Load Mutual Funds for 2014 for insights.

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Have Stocks Topped?

Tue, 8 Apr 2014 07:18:09 -0500

U. S. stocks are choppy. Investor's risk appetite has fallen fast. Analysts have cut first quarter EPS growth forecasts. Now, the moment of reckoning is here. Alcoa kicks off the first quarter reporting season today. Will profit reports turn things around? Or, will stocks continue to slide? Read The Best Mutual Funds for 2014 and Top ETFs for 2014 for insights.

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Can Anything Derail this Bull Market?

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:36:36 -0500

Stocks are rising after a 6% drop. S&P 500 members are beating revenue forecasts by the most since 2012. The Fed has assured to help the economy achieve full employment. Mega mergers are back. The S&P 500 is within 10 points of a new high. And, it is nearly 30 months since stocks corrected 10% or more. Can anything go wrong with this market? To learn what's ahead for the market and how to invest in 2014, read Top Rated Mutual Funds for 2014.

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Right Sectors, Funds, and ETFs to Start 2014

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:27:18 -0500

Year 2013 was a banner year for U. S. stocks. Nearly 460 of the S&P 500 members gained helping all 10 major sectors advance. The S&P 500 stacked up 32%, its best annual gain since 1997. U. S. stocks now trade at a 15.4 forward P/E, 22% higher than at the start of 2013. Earnings expectations are up. Does the choppy start to 2014 mean the rally is over? To learn what's ahead for stocks and how to invest in 2014, read Mutual Fund Picks for 2014 and The Best ETFs for 2014.

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Best Fidelity Mutual Funds for 2014

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:45:45 -0500

The best performing Fidelity Select Fund on average beats the S&P 500 by 47.5% each year. Fidelity Select Biotechnology stands a good chance of finishing as the best performing Select fund in 2013. To read the 2014 forecast, read Fidelity Select Funds: Best, Worst, and 2014 Forecast.

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How to Exploit Near-Term Opportunity without Risk

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:41:18 -0500

Investors had plenty to worry this year ... fiscal cliff, debt limit increase, and bond purchase tapering ... to name just a few. Yet, 2013 is proving to be a great one for stocks. Momentum is clearly with the bulls and creating near-term opportunities. Risk of stock prices declining is rising too as valuation metrics increase. So, how does one invest in this milieu? Read Best No Load Mutual Funds for 2014 for insights.

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Turbulent Times Establish a New Resource for Investors

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:27:18 -0500

AlphaProfit Premium Service successfully completed a decade of uninterrupted publication on September 30, 2013. The sector model portfolios included in the Premium Service outpaced the S&P 500 between 210 and 360 basis points annually during this 10-year period. During this period when many investors lost money, AlphaProfit helped investors protect & grow their wealth by reducing risk and increasing returns with its time-tested, proven investment process. Learn more about AlphaProfit Premium Service performance, investment process, and investment recommendations.

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As Interest Rates Rise, Should You Sell Stock Funds Too?

Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:36:18 -0500

Concerns of the Federal Reserve tapering monthly bond purchases have weighed on U. S. stocks. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond now stands at 2.83%, up 107 basis points since the start of 2013. High-yielding groups such as REITs and utilities are under pressure. Recent employment, housing and inflation data do not provide clear direction on the timing and magnitude of the Fed's next move. Is it time to bail out of stock funds? Read Best No Load Mutual Funds for Rising Interest Rates for insights.

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Bernanke-Proof Your Portfolio and Prosper

Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:54:18 -0500

Stocks rose through most of 2013 without a 5% pullback. Things changed on June 19. Fed Chairman Bernanke talked of tapering bond purchases. Interest rates spiked and stocks sold off. Stocks have stabilized over the past few days. Is the correction really over? Should investors take advantage of this pullback? Read Best Performing Fidelity Mutual Funds and Top Rated ETFs for insights.

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Is This Bull Market Running on Borrowed Time?

Tue, 21 May 2013 09:09:18 -0500

U. S. has been the place to invest in 2013. Stocks are up six straight months. Many technical measures are overbought. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve talks of taking the punch bowl away. Some Fed officials want to slow stimulus measures at a minimum. Will top rated no load mutual funds for 2013 run out of breath? Or, can they continue charging ahead? Read Top Rated No Load Mutual Funds for 2013 for insights.

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What's Next After New Highs: Up, Down, or Sideways?

Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:54:09 -0500

U. S. stocks are on a roll. The Dow Jones Industrials, S&P 500, and Russell 2000 benchmarks have managed to scale new highs. Now, threats are re-surfacing. Cyprus has brought the European credit crisis back to the headlines. The housing recovery is prompting the Fed to mull on cutting stimulus. March factory activity data notch up growth concerns. Will the negatives cause the best mutual funds for 2013 and top ETFs for 2013 to sell-off? Read The Best Mutual Funds for 2013 and Top ETFs for 2013 for insights.

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Will Sequestration Derail This Bull Market?

Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:09:54 -0500

Stock markets have got off to a flying start in 2013. Large-cap U. S. stocks are up nearly 7% this year. Small-cap stocks have done better gaining about 9%. Now, the deficit reduction sequester threatens to dampen U. S. economic growth. Will sequestration topple top rated mutual funds for 2013? Read Top Rated Mutual Funds for 2013 for insights.

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Right Sectors, Funds, and ETFs to Start 2013

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 09:18:18 -0500

Year 2012 actually turned out quite favorable for stocks. The fiscal cliff in the U. S. and the debt crisis in Europe did not prevent stocks from faring better than bonds and cash. Now, stocks are off to a strong start in 2013 even though Congress has failed to address the contentious U. S. debt limit issue and left room for a nastier fight down the road. To learn what's ahead for stocks, read Mutual Fund Picks for 2013 and The Best ETFs for 2013.

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Best Fidelity Mutual Funds for 2013

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:09:45 -0500

The best performing Fidelity Select Fund on average beats the S&P 500 by 48% each year. Fidelity Select Biotechnology stands a good chance of finishing as the best performing Select fund in 2012. To read the 2013 forecast, read Fidelity Select Funds: Best, Worst, and 2013 Forecast.

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What Lies Ahead for the Market?

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:16:54 -0500

Stocks sold-off hard after the elections maintained political status quo. Fears of Congress tipping the nation down a fiscal cliff rose. Optimism has increased after President Obama talked with top Congressional Republicans and Democrats. Stocks have rebounded smartly after testing a key technical level. Have stocks marked a key bottom? Or is this just complacency on investor's part? Read Best No Load Mutual Funds for 2013 for insights.

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Has the Market Topped?

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:27:54 -0500

Over the past four months, stock prices rose virtually in a straight line and rewarded investors for taking risk. Now, investor enthusiasm is wearing off. Global economic data are stoking concern that recent central bank actions may be inadequate. The S&P 500 has fallen five straight days, its longest decline in seven weeks. Has the market topped? Is it time to dial risk down? Read New Low Risk Investments with High Returns for insights.

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Will Stocks Flourish or Flounder as Election Nears?

Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:18:54 -0500

The Presidential election cycle theory says stock markets fare well in election years. Investors relying on this theory however paid dearly in 2008 as stocks swooned 37%. Will 2012 be anything like 2008? Specifically, is a massive decline on the cards for the third and fourth quarters? Or, will these periods provide easy pickings to make money? Read Best Funds for Presidential Election Year Stock Market for insights.

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Is a Summer Carnage or Carnival Ahead for Stocks?

Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:09:09 -0500

Stocks have lost a good part of their first quarter gains. Global markets are currently contending with three concerns: European debt, the U. S. economy, and corporate profit growth. While investor expectations are currently very low, central banks on both sides of the Atlantic are considering measures to spur growth and stabilize economies. Is a Summer Carnage or Carnival Ahead for Stocks? The AlphaProfit Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned with best performing Fidelity Mutual Funds and top rated ETFs.

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Is this Market Set to Swoon Further or Spring Back?

Mon, 21 May 2012 09:54:09 -0500

Global stocks have lost over $3 trillion in market value in May. Political & economic uncertainties in Europe are driving down markets. Technical measures like relative strength index suggest stocks are deeply oversold. The Federal Reserve is hinting that it is ready to pursue additional stimulus measures if the economy loses momentum. Is this Market Set to Swoon Further or Spring Back? The AlphaProfit No Load No Transaction Fee Growth model portfolio is repositioned with top rated no load mutual funds for 2012.

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Next Move for Stocks: Down, Up, or Sideways?

Thu, 29 Mar 2012 09:27:54 -0500

Better-than-expected corporate earnings and U. S. economic data have helped to add nearly $3.5 trillion in value to U. S. stocks from their October lows. However, threats lurk in the background. Most notably, the Chinese economic engine is slowing. Oil prices are up. There is uncertainty on enduring economic stability in Europe. Will the next move for stocks be down, up, or sideways? The AlphaProfit Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned on March 30 with the best mutual funds for 2012 and top ETFs for 2012.

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Is the Market Setting Up For A Big Up or Down Move?

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:45:45 -0500

Global stock markets have got off to a blazing start in 2012. Recent U. S. manufacturing data have given hopes of accelerating economic growth. The beleaguered job and housing markets are finally showing some signs of turning the corner. The AlphaProfit's no-load mutual fund model portfolio has gained 85% during the past three years compared to the 61% advance for its benchmark comprising of broad U. S. and foreign indexes. The model portfolio will be reconstituted with top rated mutual funds for 2012 on February 22.

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2012, Great Opportunities or Grave Risks?

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:45:45 -0500

The resilience of the U. S. economy and the corporate sector to financial distress in the euro zone has helped U. S. stocks fare better than foreign stocks in 2011. Despite some progress made in resolving the sovereign debt crisis, many euro zone economies including Italy and Spain are struggling to finance their debt. There are policy risks in the U. S. as well. The AlphaProfit Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned on December 30 with new mutual fund picks for 2012 and the best ETFs for 2012.

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Best Fidelity Mutual Funds for 2012

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:18:36 -0500

The best performing Fidelity Select Fund on average beats the S&P 500 by 50% each year. Fidelity Select Biotechnology stands a good chance of finishing as the best performing Select fund in 2011. To read the 2012 forecast, read Fidelity Select Funds: Best, Worst, and 2012 Forecast.

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Fidelity FundsNetwork Eases Key Rule

Wed, 7 Dec 2011 07:18:18 -0500

Fidelity has relaxed its 180-day holding period requirement for commission-free trades of no load no transaction fee mutual funds in Fidelity FundsNetwork. The new rule allows investors to trade no load, NTF mutual funds commission-free after holding them for 60 days. To learn how you can put this added flexibility to your benefit, read 'NTF Mutual Funds: Fidelity FundsNetwork Eases No Load No Fee Mutual Funds Rule'.

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Grave Risks or Great Opportunity in Global Stock Markets?

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 07:54:09 -0500

Uncertainty continues in Europe with Italy now rising to the forefront as the trouble spot. Meanwhile, several leading European shares trade at single-digit forward P/Es, yielding handsome dividends. How do you take advantage of opportunities available in global stock markets while managing risk? The AlphaProfit's no-load mutual fund model portfolio has gained 51% since the start of 2009 compared to the 32% advance for its benchmark comprising of broad U. S. and foreign indexes. The model portfolio will be reconstituted with best no load mutual funds for 2012 on November 18.

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China Investments: Time to Pull the Trigger Now?

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:36:45 -0500

The Chinese economy has grown uninterrupted by the 2008 financial crisis. Yet, returns from investments in China, have not been splendid. In fact, Chinese stocks have fared worse than those in crisis-stricken Europe have. Is this underperformance an opportunity or a trap? To learn more, read Investing in China Mutual Funds and China ETFs.

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Is Fidelity Magellan under New Management a Buy?

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 07:09:54 -0500

Tired of poor performance, Fidelity has replaced Harry Lange with Jeffrey Feingold as the manager of the Fidelity Magellan mutual fund FMAGX. Feingold has achieved an admirable track record for the funds he currently manages. Can Feingold right ship a sagging Magellan to ease the pain of long-suffering shareholders? To get the fund's prospects, read this review of the Fidelity Magellan mutual fund.

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Do Not Get Mad at the Market, Get Even

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:54:45 -0500

Europe is in disarray. Investors have voted thumbs down to the Fed's latest stimulus plan. China's economic growth rate is slowing. Investors wonder if anything more can go wrong for this market. Scathing bull markets ensue when vicious bear markets bottom and provide excellent profit opportunities. Within nine months of market bottoms in March 2009 and July 2010, the AlphaProfit model portfolios gained over 40% and 30%, respectively. The model portfolios will be reconstituted with top rated Fidelity mutual funds and top rated ETFs on September 30.

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Beat Inflation with Income from Natural Gas Plays

Wed, 07 Sep 2011 07:18:54 -0500

While most commodity investments do not provide income, natural gas investments are diverse enough to meet both growth and income objectives. Income producing natural gas investments currently yield more than Treasury bonds. Compelling natural gas fundamentals, increase the possibility of income growing as well. To learn about specific investments, read Best Natural Gas Mutual Funds, Natural Gas ETFs, and Natural Gas Stocks for Growth and Income.

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Protect Your Money in an Assured Growth Haven in Tough Times

Thu, 25 Aug 2011 07:02:54 -0500

E-commerce ETF and e-commerce fund investments provide pockets of opportunities even in this bleak economic landscape. The growth of the e-commerce industry is virtually assured as it benefits from the very same macroeconomic factors that are hurting many other industries. Read more in E-Commerce ETF and E-Commerce Fund: Two Investments to Profit from Guaranteed Growth.

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An Opportunity You Cannot Afford to Miss

Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:36:54 -0500

Investing in stock mutual funds has been nerve wracking recently. Stock prices declined 15% in a matter of just 12 trading days through August 8. Given such market conditions, investors wonder what is the best mutual fund to invest in. Following a gain of nearly 61% since 2009, AlphaProfit will reconstitute its no load fund model portfolio with new recommendations on August 18.

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Pick Winning Sectors with Uncanny Accuracy by Looking Beyond Trend

Wed, 17 Aug 2011 07:45:18 -0500

Many investors lose money by choosing sectors or industries based on trend. Investors can significantly raise the odds of picking winning sector mutual funds by analyzing sectors on a wider range of factors.

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What Types of Stocks Should You Own in a Slowing Economy

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 07:45:54 -0500

One way to invest in a slowing economy is to seek out investments in sectors like consumer staples and health care that are typically resilient to economic vagaries. Another way is to look for companies influenced by unique factors that virtually assure earnings growth regardless of what happens to the overall economy. To learn more, read Top Five Stocks to Invest In.

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Four Stodgy Funds to Earn Decent Returns in a Slow Growth Economy

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 07:45:54 -0500

Investing in low risk funds does not have to mean investing in low return funds. This article features four low risk mutual funds for earning meaty returns in a slow growth economy.

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Compelling Valuation Setting up Buying Opportunity

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 07:45:54 -0500

Stock prices have come down on global macroeconomic worries even though corporate earnings are up this year. The S&P 500 is now valued at just 12.8 times forecasted 2011 earnings. Today's forward P/E falls in the bottom 5 percentile of the forward P/E values since 1985. After capitalizing on leaders like healthcare and avoiding losers like banks, the AlphaProfit Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned on June 30 with best performing fidelity mutual funds and top rated ETFs.



Should You Invest in the New Auto ETFs Now?

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 07:45:27 -0500

Within a space of just 10 days, First Trust Auto ETF CARZ and Global X Auto ETF VROM have been launched. While CARZ and VROM may appear similar at first glance, they are different in certain key ways investors must know to make money with these ETFs. Learn if this a good time to invest in First Trust Auto ETF CARZ and Global X Auto ETF VROM.



How You Can Make Money in Tough Markets

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 07:27:09 -0500

Unlike most investment products that can make you money only when the market environment is favorable, sectors ETFs can make you money even when the market is unfavorable. Learn to pick the best sector ETF consistently.

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Protecting Your Wealth as Commodities Crumble

Wed, 18 May 2011 06:45:54 -0500

Tightening monetary policies and increasing austerity measures are threatening to impair global economic growth. Meanwhile, thanks to strong exports, corporations particularly in the developed world are continuing to increase profits. Merger and acquisition activity is also strong. Can the positives trump the negatives? After gaining over 68% since 2009, the AlphaProfit no load fund portfolio will be repositioned today with top rated no load mutual funds for 2011.



Sector Funds Primed for Solid Returns

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:45:45 -0500

While sectors like auto and retailing have started to fade after producing stellar returns in the past two years, stocks in the chemicals group continue to surge ahead. Reasons: Increasing demand for products, expanding margins, and growing revenue through acquisitions. Read more in the article, Why Invest in Fidelity Select Chemicals and Chemical ETFs.

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Top 5 Total Return Stocks to Invest

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:14:09 -0500

With the S&P 500 up 94% from the March 2009 bottom, investing in total return stocks is a sound strategy, particularly for those who sat out the rally. Total return stocks offer meaty, growing dividends along with the potential for meaningful price appreciation. AlphaProfit is featuring 5 of the best dividend paying stocks for 2011.



Profit from a New, One-of-a-Kind ETF

Fri, 8 Apr 2011 06:54:45 -0500

Investing in emerging markets does not have to be limited to broad market funds or to investments in China or India. In the current market, there are abundant opportunities in foreign markets outside BRIC. Global X has introduced a fascinating new ETF. Read more about the Global X ASEAN ETF.

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Bulletproof Ways to Trump Fear and Thrive

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:09:54 -0500

Reports of uprisings in oil-rich countries, rising inflation, and softness in the U. S. housing market are among the negatives that can affect stock prices. With U. S. corporations enjoying the highest profit margins in 18 years, can higher dividend payments, bigger stock buyback programs, and greater merger and acquisition activity trump the negatives? After gaining over 92% in the past two years, the AlphaProfit Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned on March 31 with best no load mutual funds for 2011 and top ETFs for 2011.



Can the Bull Keep Going, and Going, and Going?

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:45:18 -0500

With events like the unrest in Egypt, Ireland's bailout, and tensions in the Korean peninsula causing just a blip, most markets around the globe are up double-digits since September. Can the global bull keep going much longer? This is a question topmost on the minds of most prudent investors today. Since the start of 2009, AlphaProfit's no-load fund growth model portfolio has gained at a 32% annual rate. To protect gains and capture opportunities in the evolving market environment, this portfolio will be reconstituted with top rated mutual funds for 2011 tomorrow.



Investing in the Right ETFs in the Energy Sector

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:18:36 -0500

In the ETF marketplace, there are ample opportunities to invest beyond the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF. ETFs that owned oil exploration and production stocks were the top performers in 2010. Oil service ETFs and natural gas ETFs can be strong contenders for being the best oil ETFs in 2011.

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What is Ahead for the US Economy and the Stock Market

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 09:36:18 -0500

Year 2011 has started on a strong note and has been unforgiving to the bears. Meanwhile, fears of inflation and a possible European sovereign debt crisis are genuine. Will 2011 be a good year for stocks? AlphaProfit's Sam Subramanian dissects indicators to provide his US economic forecast for 2011 and stock market predictions for 2011.

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2011, Great Opportunities or Grave Risks?

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 10:18:36 -0500

The potent twin forces of ongoing monetary and imminent fiscal stimulus have helped the stock market to overcome jitters from Ireland's bailout and skirmishes between North & South Korea. While the economy may continue to grow in 2011, rising budget deficits, inflation, and the possibility of a trade war are just few of the risks markets may have to contend. After gaining 24% in the past year and beating the S&P 500 by nearly 9%, the AlphaProfit Fidelity and ETF Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned on December 31 with new mutual fund picks for 2011 and best ETFs for 2011.



Best Fidelity Mutual Funds for 2011

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 07:09:27 -0500

The best performing Fidelity Select Fund on average beats the S&P 500 by 50% each year. Fidelity Select Automotive stands a good chance of finishing as the best performing Select fund. To read the 2011 forecast, read Fidelity Select Funds: Best, Worst, and 2011 Forecast?

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Best Ways to Invest in Commodities

Thu, 9 Dec 2010 07:02:09 -0500

The threat of inflation and the ease of access of ETFs have made commodity exchange traded funds red hot. SPDR Gold is the now the second largest ETF and silver is up 70% this year. With the all the hype, if you one of the investors looking just at commodity price trends to pick the best commodity ETF, you are treading on thin ice.

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Who Will Emerge as Leaders as QE2 Plays Fade?

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 06:45:36 -0500

Plans made by the Federal Reserve to perk up the economy and the job market through quantitative easing have been the key driver of financial markets in recent months. Dollar and long-term bonds are down. Gold and stocks are up. A change in leadership could be in the offing as the market fully discounts QE2. After gaining 53% since 2009, the AlphaProfit No Load Fund Growth model portfolio will be repositioned on November 18 with new mutual fund picks.



Multi-Bagger Stock for Contrarian Investors

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 07:02:54 -0500

Stocks in this sector trade 25% below their Great Recession lows offering contrarian investors fertile scouting ground. One stock trading at a single-digit forward P/E with a wide economic moat and targeted growth strategies stands out. Read Contrarian Investors: Best Stock Investment.

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How to Protect Yourself from Federal Reserve Quantitative Easing?

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 06:45:36 -0500

Fears of inflation are increasing as the Federal Reserve contemplates quantitative easing. What types of stocks and diversification strategies make sense in this challenging this environment? For answers to these questions and more read, How to Invest in the Stock Market.

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Should you fish or cut bait after a good third quarter?

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 06:45:36 -0500

An 11.9% increase in the S&P 500 during the third quarter has put the benchmark back in the black for the year. The S&P 500 is now up 4.5% year-to-date. Investor risk appetite is increasing as fears of another recession ease. After gaining 22% and 24% in the past year, the AlphaProfit Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned on September 30 with new investment recommendations including sectors, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.



Two Top Selections for Contrarian Investors

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 06:36:36 -0500

Contrarian investors can find plump profit opportunities in these two lagging groups with strong long-term prospects and wide recovery potential. Read Contrarian Investing: Two Top Stocks for Contrarian Investors.

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Matthews India Fund MINDX, a Preferred Indian Mutual Fund

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 06:54:36 -0500

India has the potential to buck global trends and grow rapidly in the coming years. While several ETFs and mutual funds are available to invest in India, Matthews India Fund MINDX steals the show on the performance dimension. While the fund can be sound choice to invest in India, there are right and wrong ways use this fund. Read Matthews India Fund MINDX review.



Is This Market Decline a Buying Opportunity or a Set-Up for Something Bigger?

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:27:27 -0500

Fears of a second dip in the U. S. economy are running high as the calendar marks the mid-point of the third quarter. Relatively robust corporate second quarter earnings reports have not been enough to sustain investor interest as concerns on the direction of the economy have returned to the forefront. Outperforming the domestic and foreign benchmarks, the AlphaProfit sector-based Core and Focus model portfolios and the best-of-breed funds based no-transaction fee (NTF) Growth portfolio are all up single-digits. The NTF Growth portfolio will be reconstituted on August 18 to include newly recommended best-of-breed no-load domestic, foreign, and specialty mutual funds.



New Investment Option for Alternative Energy Investors

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 16:27:27 -0500

Alternative energy investments were hot sometime ago. Then, investor interest waned during the global recession. Now, key industry events have led to resurgence in investor interest in these investments. Taking advantage of this interest, Fidelity is now offering a mutual fund to play the alternative energy trend. Get a grip on this mutual fund's performance drivers, risks, and more by reading Alternative Energy Mutual Funds and ETFs: Fidelity Investments Enters the Fray with Fidelity Select Environment and Alternative Energy FSLEX.



Best Way to Profit from the BP Oil Spill

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 08:45:18 -0500

The 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill adds to the woes of the energy sector at a time when falling commodity prices and shrinking refining margins are already pressuring the bottom line. Energy stocks trade at depressed valuation metrics. While certain energy stocks can be enticing contrarian plays, the best way to profit from the oil spill lies far from the oil patch. To get the full scoop, read Energy Stocks: Best Way to Invest to Profit from 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

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Mid-Year Outlook: Positioning Your Investments for the Third-Quarter and Second-Half of 2010

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 09:54:27 -0500

A sub-par U. S. economic recovery, possibility of contagion in Europe, and slowing growth in China are among the realities investors have to contend with as the midpoint of 2010 approaches. After gaining 8% and 11% in the first half, the AlphaProfit Core and Focus model portfolios will be repositioned on June 30 with new investment recommendations including sectors, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds.



Sector Funds: Best, Worst, and Mid-Year 2010 Stock Market Outlook

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:09:18 -0500

Global markets are heading south for the past 6 weeks. Some sectors have been able to provide gains even in this crummy market. As we approach the year's mid-year point, some themes dominate investor attention. They include strained fiscal situation in Europe, slowing growth in emerging markets, and flat or worsening employment situation in the U. S. Against this backdrop, will momentum plays from the first half continue to be the best performers in the second? Or is it turn for laggards to take charge? Read Sector Funds: Best, Worst, and Mid-Year 2010 Stock Market Outlook.

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Choosing the Best Fidelity Money Market Fund

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 06:45:54 -0500

The SPDR S&P 500 ETF and iShares MSCI EAFE Index ETF are down 8% and 11%, respectively in May. Money market funds have become popular in this tough environment. While money market funds may appear simple investments, investors need to look beyond yields and expense ratios to choose the best Fidelity money market fund for their dollars.

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Indexing Your Investments in Foreign Markets, Think Again

Thu, 20 May 2010 11:45:54 -0500

Considering risks in some of the larger foreign markets, an indexed approach may not be well suited for the evolving global equity market environment says AlphaProfit's Dr. Sam Subramanian. Learn more about new ETF and mutual fund recommendations from AlphaProfit.



Investing in Emerging Markets ETFs and Mutual Funds

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 06:36:18 -0500

Emerging markets have come a long way since the late 1990s when the title submerging markets was more apt. Becoming fiscally fit and offering higher growth prospects emerging economies have helped emerging markets investments lead the post-recession recovery.

Learn more about top emerging markets ETFs and mutual funds including opportunities and risks before committing money to this increasingly important asset class.

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JAOSX, A Worthy International Mutual Fund?

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 06:54:27 -0500

Emerging markets offer the prospect of stronger growth in the coming years than the U. S. Yet, emerging markets are lagging the U. S. stock market in 2010. U. S. stocks are up 6.2% this year while emerging markets are up 2.1%.

Janus Overseas Fund has many positive attributes that include strong performance and low expense. Its 'go anywhere' strategy looks appropriate for the current market environment.

Should JAOSX be used as core international mutual fund?



What Will It Take for Google Shares to Return to an All-Time High?

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 06:54:27 -0500

Owners of Google stock have been well-rewarded since the IPO. A few chinks are now appearing in Google's armor. What lies ahead for GOOG stock?



AlphaProfit Offers New Sector Recommendations on March 31

Fri, 26 Mar 2010 06:45:27 -0500

AlphaProfit will provide new sector recommendations on March 31, 2010 and reposition the Core and Focus model portfolios with recommended Fidelity Funds and ETFs.



eBook Readers: Stock Investing Strategy to Profit from Disruptive Technology

Tue, 09 Mar 2010 08:45:45 -0500

eReader sales are expected to rise exponentially from about 4 million in 2009 to over 400 million by 2020 making them as ubiquitous as the cell phone. This article provides growth and value stock investing strategy to profit from the disruptive technology unleashed by eBook readers.






Seven Ways to Invest in Auto and Auto Part Stocks

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:36:36 -0500

Auto stocks have asserted themselves to become stock market leaders. This article presents seven auto and auto part stocks including Autoliv and Penske Auto to play this leading sector.



New Domestic, Foreign, and Specialty Fund Recommendations

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:24:27 -0500

Following gains exceeding 50%, AlphaProfit's no-transaction-fee fund model portfolio will be repositioned on Feb. 17, 2010. AlphaProfit premium service users will receive new recommendations on best of breed, no load domestic, foreign, and specialty mutual funds.



Fidelity Investments Offers Free ETF Trading

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 09:18:27 -0500

Fidelity Investments is offering commission free trading of ETFs. How can you use free trading of iShares ETFs at Fidelity Investments to your advantage?



Good Stocks to Buy When Stock Market Correction is Over

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 08:27:18 -0500

Good stocks bought at the end of a stock market correction can deliver outsized returns. Here are 3 good stocks to buy.



Has the Dow Jones Industrial Average Topped?

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:54:45 -0500

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) has broken below its 50-day moving average. What is ahead for the DJIA?



Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs): Best, Worst, and 2010 Forecast

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:18:54 -0500

Some ETFs are too popular while others languish. The former may not live up to its promise while the latter includes enticing contrarian plays. Harvest hidden gems with our forecast for best ETFs in 2010.



Discount Online Stock Trading: Charles Schwab Calls the Shots

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:09:36 -0500

Charles Schwab has turned the heat on discount online stock brokers with zero or low commissions and no restrictions. The trading battle is likely to evoke some sweet deals from which customers can benefit.



2010 Stock Market Predictions

Tue, 05 Jan 2010 08:45:18 -0500

Sub-par growth, unemployment, and inflation are often cited as reasons for the rally to derail. Sam Subramanian outlines his stock market predictions based on current economic indicators.



Unlock Rock-Solid Profits in 2010

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 09:36:36 -0500

Even though near-term natural gas fundamentals appear unattractive, Exxon is plunking $41 billion to acquire XTO Energy. Should you invest in natural gas or natural gas stocks?



New Mutual Fund and Exchange-Traded Fund Recommendations

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:27:09 -0500

Following gains exceeding 60%, AlphaProfit's sector model portfolios will be repositioned on Dec. 31, 2009. AlphaProfit premium service users will receive new no load mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and stocks recommendations.



Fidelity Select Funds: Best, Worst, and 2010 Forecast

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 09:27:09 -0500

The best performing Fidelity Select Fund has on average returned 85% per year more than the worst performing Fidelity Select Fund. Which Fidelity Select Fund stands to be the best performer next year?



Three Ways to Hedge against Fed's Follies

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 09:54:54 -0500

Investments in selected foreign funds like FICDX and foreign bond funds like LSGLX and BEGBX can help conservative investors protect portfolios against the Federal Reserves follies.



Will Your Plain Vanilla ETF Be Next to Blow Up?

Thu, 03 Dec 2009 08:54:54 -0500

Some seemingly simple ETFs can surprise you with their risks and holdings. If you are serious about protecting your nest egg, you need to look beyond performance and costs in choosing ETFs.



Exchange Traded Funds: Best ETFs to Build Your ETF Portfolio

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 09:09:09 -0500

Learn how you can use the best ETFs or exchange-traded funds to build ETF portfolios best suited for meeting different investment objectives.