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  1. A Tale Of 3 Banks

    July 27, 2010
    No matter where you look, loan growth is weak, but credit quality is slowly recovering.
  2. Solar Capital's Stellar Yield

    July 23, 2010
    A deeper look at Value Investor Seth Klarman's holdings, starting with Solar Capital.
  3. Fairholme's Big Financial Bet

    July 14, 2010
    Fairholme has over 20% of its assets, over $3 billion, invested in the country's biggest financial names.
  4. Lesser-Known Airline Stocks Poised For Takeoff

    July 8, 2010
    Airlines don't have to be a coin toss for investors, but making a good pick has more to do with geography than the economy. ...
  5. Investing Like A Hippie

    June 18, 2010
    If you want to invest like a hippie, I have listed my top stocks to help you along your way.
  6. Flying The Friendly Skies

    June 16, 2010
    Key statistics for the airline industry are showing overall profit in 2010.
  7. The Airline Industry's Best Kept Secrets

    May 28, 2010
    If you're looking to take advantage of air travel's revival, bigger isn't better - it's just less proven.
  8. Activism Still Prevails

    May 26, 2010
    Activist investors can greatly influence a company's stock price - but it's important to do your own research and not just ...
  9. High Dividends In Consumer Non-Cyclicals

    May 24, 2010
    Here are five stocks with dividend yields over 5% with a solid company behind them.
  10. Fairholme's Financial Bet

    May 21, 2010
    As of the end of the first quarter of 2010, Fairholme was making a big bet. The move was not on one single company, but on ...
  11. Follow The Smart Money For Sinful Returns

    May 21, 2010
    Looking for returns in the alcohol and cigarette space could lead to big profits.
  12. 5 Business-Development Companies Worth A Look

    May 20, 2010
    If you can live with the higher risk, these are an excellent way for investors to generate a little additional income.
  13. Big Dividends In Large Caps

    May 13, 2010
    It may be the opportune time for investors willing to take on a little bit more risk.
  14. 3 Great But Misunderstood Stocks

    May 4, 2010
    Is a lack of understanding of these 3 stocks causing some investors to miss the boat?
  15. Is Ford Overpriced?

    April 29, 2010
    After a long run up, is Ford still a strong buy?
  16. Sin Stocks: The Natural Choice

    April 28, 2010
    Human nature compels people to undertake risky behavior, and it seems to have created a value opportunity with Vector Group. ...
  17. Cheap Value Dividends

    April 22, 2010
    Some of the world's most successful investors - including Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch - use value investing for big financial ...
  18. Alternatives To Salesforce.com

    April 16, 2010
    Many of these software-as-a-service stocks are incredibly overpriced. Here are some alternatives in other industries.
  19. High-Yield Stocks Vulnerable To Dividend Tax Increase

    April 6, 2010
    The tax rate on dividends could double for high bracket investors. That's could sink many high-yielding shares.
  20. America's Biggest Companies Look Reasonably Priced

    March 12, 2010
    These giants offer investors a reasonable dividend and strong, dependable earnings.
  21. Strong Dividends Worth A Look

    March 12, 2010
    Dividend stocks could give you the steady stream of income whilt the market begins the turn around.
  22. Private Equity Providing Big Returns

    March 9, 2010
    Listed private equity firms have been burning up the market, but will their hot 1-year returns will continue?
  23. An Oversold Market Means Bargains

    February 9, 2010
    The recent market correction indicates oversold conditions, creating bargains for investors again.
  24. MetLife's Improving Investment Outlook

    February 4, 2010
    MetLife should continue to see its fortunes improve as losses subside and demographics point to an aging population.
  25. Google Earnings Grow

    January 26, 2010
    Google delivered strong earnings, but Wall Street didn't initially care for the report.
  26. How To Lose Money Investing

    January 25, 2010
    Investors looking to lose money should look no further than long-term positions in levered ETFs.
  27. 5 Stocks With Big Insider Buying

    January 12, 2010
    This is one investment marker to be watched, as the new year opens.
  28. A Review Of 2009 In Property and Casualty Insurance

    December 29, 2009
    This market paid off for those who had the fortitude to invest.
  29. The Wait For The Hard Market In Insurance Continues

    November 17, 2009
    The long awaited property and casualty insurance hard market may be delayed just a little longer, as two surveys show a break ...
  30. Are Automakers Getting In Gear?

    November 13, 2009
    Toyota and Ford recently reported encouraging earnings news, along with better outlooks. Are these improvements sustainable? ...
  31. Five Small-Caps The Pros Own

    October 21, 2009
    It's good to know these stocks because they're part of the market's newest leading style/cap group.
  32. The Dash For Trash

    August 28, 2009
    The dash for trash in the financial sector.
  33. Finding Shelter In Annuities

    August 19, 2009
    Investors can take not of insurer who also offer a safe harbor for insurers after bouts of market volatility.
  34. Four Dividend Plays To Pad Your Portfolio

    August 18, 2009
    4 high yield dividend stocks with solid outlooks.
  35. Dean Foods Organic Experiment

    July 14, 2009
    Dean Foods recently announced a lower-priced "natural dairy" product to complement its organic brands. The organics industry ...
  36. Dividend Divas For July 14

    July 14, 2009
    Companies that pay a high dividend show their commitment to returning money to shareholders. Here we drill down into the ...
  37. Deep Value Disappointments

    July 1, 2009
    In order to be truly successful, value investors need to do their homework.
  38. The Annuity Gorilla In The Room

    June 29, 2009
    Regulators are concerned about variable annuities. Should stockholders share in this conern?
  39. Allstate's Good Hands Gone Bad?

    June 12, 2009
    Allstate is a mixed bag right now; though they refused TARP money, they have exposure to mortgage-backed securities
  40. SAIC Is Solid

    June 9, 2009
    Though the entire defense, energy and environmental industries are strong, SAIC stands out.
  41. We Don't Need No Stinkin' TARP Money

    May 19, 2009
    Insurance companies finally qualified for TARP bailout but now they may not want it. That's a good sign but some companies ...
  42. Daimler Joins The Auto Horror Show

    May 4, 2009
    Daimler reported a massive loss for the quarter, joining in the parade of the automakers' earnings carnage.
  43. Sinful Returns With Philip Morris

    April 27, 2009
    Philip Morris International is looking promsing given the stability of its business and sinfully-healthy growth prospects. ...
  44. Global Investing Made Easy

    April 8, 2009
    Investing in the most valuable American brands operating globally has paid dividends this decade.
  45. Toyota Adds To Auto Woes

    March 30, 2009
    With Toyota about to announce its first annual loss, investors are wondering when the auto industry will turn itself around. ...
  46. Is It Time To Jump On Railcar Companies?

    March 16, 2009
    Railcar companies have seen earnings protected by a strong backlog and seem to have discounted a downturn.
  47. Bailing Out Buffett

    March 13, 2009
    Does one of the richest men in America need a helping hand?
  48. Double-Digit Dividends: Can They Continue?

    March 6, 2009
    There are still a few companies that investors can count on for high dividend yields.
  49. The AAA Rated Bond Club Gets Smaller

    March 5, 2009
    As the recession continues the number of companies rated AAA gets smaller.
  50. Buybacks Gone Wild

    February 25, 2009
    Many companies happily bought back their own shares thinking that large cash holdings were a luxury, but are they regretting ...
  51. Philip Morris Smokes The Competition

    February 24, 2009
    This company should be able to help its investors ride out prolonged, worldwide economic turmoil.
  52. Sizzling Sin Stocks

    February 23, 2009
    Sin stocks may not always be a safe haven during troubling times. However, that doesn't mean they should be forgotten.
  53. Screening For Sin

    January 13, 2009
    Screening for sin stocks that are expecting positive earnings in '09 turns up some wicked picks.
  54. Will Ford Go The Way Of The Edsel?

    November 10, 2008
    Ford's Q3 was even more dismal than expected with the company facing still weaker sales and burning through cash.
  55. Banking Stress Spreads To India's ICICI

    November 5, 2008
    ICICI Bank has managed to stay profitable, but bank is still seeing pressure from the global credit crisis.
  56. Say Goodbye To The Soft Insurance Market

    October 28, 2008
    Insurance companies are feeling more cautious about the risks involved with underwriting. Consumers can expect policy prices ...
  57. ING Capital Injection A Mere Booster Shot

    October 22, 2008
    ING's capital injection lacked the urgency of other firms going after government investment.
  58. FTI Consulting Moves Against The Market

    October 17, 2008
    Learn why this consulting firm flourishes during tough economic times.
  59. Stocks To Watch For October 14

    October 14, 2008
    Stocks in the news include Johnson Controls, Heidrick & Struggles International and Daimler AG.
  60. 3 Value Plays Revealed Using Forward P/E

    October 13, 2008
    The forward P/E ratio can unearth long-term value plays that other investors miss. We examine three stocks worth a second ...
  61. Five Dividend Darlings For October 9

    October 9, 2008
    We look at several companies that investors should consider stashing some cash in while waiting for the market to rebound. ...
  62. 10 Blue Chips On The Outs

    October 8, 2008
    The market has taken down stocks of all caliber, and these formerly sturdy blue chip stocks are due another look as we wait ...
  63. The Fragility Of Stability

    October 7, 2008
    The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act was supposed to stabilize to the markets and usher in a new age of peace and prosperity. ...
  64. Deadliest Catch: Wall Street Edition

    October 3, 2008
    Alaskan crab fisherman may have to take a backseat to stock picker as the country's deadliest job this week. Nevertheless, ...
  65. Cold, Hard FactSet

    September 29, 2008
    We examine how the severe market environment is impacting this provider of market info.
  66. Top 3 CDS Champs Still Holding Strong

    September 24, 2008
    Credit default swaps are next on the hit list, but remember the top players - JPMorgan, Citi and Bank of America - are also ...
  67. Storm Brewing For Online Brokers

    September 22, 2008
    On top of slumping trading volumes, the online brokers now face significant client withdrawals. That's a storm of trouble. ...
  68. Top 5 Volume Stocks For September 16

    September 16, 2008
    A look at five of the most active stocks in the market by midday, with a focus on embattled AIG.
  69. Is AIG DOA?

    August 27, 2008
    AIG was once the buy-and-forget champion of the insurance sector. Now the question is whether it can survive.
  70. Wamu Now, Later Or Never?

    August 15, 2008
    Texas Pacific Group has a big stake in Washington Mutual. Investors should evaluate their risk tolerance before following ...
  71. Banks In Trouble? Don't Tell That To The Regionals

    July 22, 2008
    Surprise, Surprise. The national banks posted another round of brutal numbers. The sector's real strength lies in the smaller ...
  72. FTI Consulting Loves Misery In Its Companies

    July 18, 2008
    When the going gets tough, it seems the tough hire a consultant. FTI Consulting is seeing increased demand for its legal ...
  73. Shariah Compliance Principles

    July 11, 2008
    Shariah compliant investments have social and financial rewards.
  74. Investing The 'Sex and the City' Way

    June 4, 2008
    Can Carrie, Samantha and Big guide you to great portfolio returns? We create an index based on product placements from the ...
  75. The Smart Money Is In Apartment Construction

    May 20, 2008
    Residential housing starts jumped 8.2%, but the gains came from apartment construction not single-family homes. Learn the ...
  76. AXA Finds The Financial Sweet Spot

    May 20, 2008
    Calling a bottom for the financial sector is near impossible; luckily, global insurers like AXA Group make it unnecessary, ...
  77. Five Big Bears Ready To Roar On May 13

    May 13, 2008
    Weekly commentary on some of the biggest bears in the market. This week features Washington Mutual.
  78. Bottom Fishing Among The Clouds

    April 15, 2008
    With recent declines in airline stocks, we could be on the verge of merger mania. That means there are bargains to be had. ...
  79. Can You Bank On European Banking? (DB, UBS, CS)

    September 14, 2007
    We examine three giants of European investment banking as they attempt to move beyond their borders.
  80. Subprime Casualty List

    August 30, 2007
    A look at some of the major victims of the subprime fallout, and the possible opportunities within them.
  81. AIG: Diamond In The Subprime Rough? (AIG)

    August 15, 2007
    AIG is reassuring investors that its positioning and cash will help cushion any subprime problems.
  82. Add Some Holdings To Your Holdings (BRK.A, AINV, LUK)

    June 12, 2007
    Some say the markets are ripe for a correction. Add these holding companies to make sure you aren't left behind.
  83. The Effects of the Altria-Kraft Spin-Off (MO, KFT)

    March 26, 2007
    An interesting look at the effects the Altria-Kraft spin-off could bring to the major stock market indices.
  84. The Road Ahead For AIG (AIG)

    March 23, 2007
    A look at AIG and the factors that will hinder its future growth.
  85. Apollo Has Yield for the Masses (AINV)

    March 22, 2007
    Apollo Investments is a Business Development Company (BDC) that gives investors another alternative to getting exposure to ...
  86. Move Your Money into Off-Shore Banks (AIB)

    March 9, 2007
    A look at the relatively unique advantages of an investment in off-shore financial services firm AIB.
  87. Winners and Losers - January 15th - January 19th (MLS, RACK, ...

    January 19, 2007
    A look at some of the market's big winners and losers for the week of January 15th.
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