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Jim Cramer used to do a segment on his show called, "Am I diversified?"
I even may forgive Santa Claus, that flabby patron saint of department stores, who did me dirt in my Pincus-the-peddler childhood caper, hawking cat balloons outside Macy's. ( See "To Hell With Santa Claus." )
Not all investors would be looking at capital appreciation as the only way to judge a stock's quality. As the 2008-09 economic downturn has proved that stock values could decline much below fair values despite companies having strong fundamentals, stocks which offer good short-term returns (through regular dividends) and long-term appreciation (not necessarily the best-in-class but above industry peers) will always be attractive investments.
With or without connection to good results posted by Blackberry-maker Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM), chip stocks of all types are enjoying strong momentum this month.
One of the hottest topics for investors is the question of gold. Should you invest?
In recent weeks, we've seen some of the Fool's best and brightest take potshots at gold.
After watching their portfolios take devastating blows in 2008, many investors hoped that a new year would bring a reversal of fortune and a recovery of lost assets. After the first two months of the year tested resolve, things finally took a turn for the better in March, and a long climb upwards began.
For most investors, 2009 has been a very good year, with a surge in liquidity leading almost all asset classes to big gains. As many national economies emerged from recession, investors regained their appetite for risk, sending emerging markets funds through the roof (these funds dominated the list of the Top Ten Performing Equity ETFs ).
By Jeremy Glaser
By Brandon Clay Investors are constantly labeled and grouped into certain camps. Bull or bear.
By Jeremy Glaser Originally published on 12/10/09
Just when it seemed that the U.S. dollar couldn’t get a break, along came Dubai World’s debt struggles. In four brief weeks, the U.S. dollar has rocketed 4.5% and climbed above a 50-day trendline .
The folks at Seeking Alpha asked me to give them some thoughts on what 2010 might look like for investors.
By Sam Mamudi , MarketWatch
By Peter Brimelow , MarketWatch NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- A skillful veteran letter is sanguine about stocks -- but positively gleeful about gold and other hard assets.