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Investing 101: Income investing with preferred stocks

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 – In our previous column, we discussed common stocks: what they are and why you’d invest in them. We also examined the two primary characteristics that often, but not always, make common stocks an appealing investment: the possibility of tax-advantaged capital gains and the frequent (though not universal) payment of quarterly ...

Investing 101: Common stocks, capital gains and dividends

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2016 – In our previous article, we looked at several preliminaries the conscientious investor will need to deal with before actually beginning an investment portfolio. If you’ve taken care of these items or are close to having dealt with them, the next thing you’ll want to do is to begin accumulating cash ...

Options expiration Friday: Dow, financials OK, energy steady

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 – Today, as usual, Rush Limbaugh will host “Open Line Friday,” as he does every week. Today as well, Wall Street celebrates its slightly less frequent third Friday of the month festival, “Options Expiration Friday.” It’s the day, the time and the place where the latest batch of options comes to ...

Stock market meanders as traders digest Fed minutes

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2014 – Markets are schizzy today after yesterday’s light-volume happiness. During most of the morning, both the DJI and the S&P 500 started powering up again before backing off, awaiting this afternoon’s release of the Fed’s latest meeting minutes. Around lunchtime, traders apparently sobered up about the possibilities and decided, most likely, ...