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James Brumley

James Brumley


James Brumley is former stockbroker with a large Wall Street firm, and a former trading analyst for a small, options-based newsletter. After twenty years of professional experience in and around the market, his approach is one that combines fundamentals, sentiment, and common sense. It's also an approach that respects this John Keynes reality: The market isn't always rational.

Recent articles

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4 Essential Tips to Get Started With DIY Investing

This advice could help you dodge some totally avoidable stock market traps.

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3 Top Stocks That Aren't on Wall Street's Radar

Don't be afraid to venture off the beaten path to find new investment opportunities.

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5 High-Yield Dividend Stocks to Watch

Income-seeking investors still have several high-yielding names to put on their radar, even if average yields are tepid.

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AT&T's DirecTV Leads Another Quarter of Heavy Cord-Cutting. Here's How Bad Things Are.

Anyone hoping cable television's slow implosion was near an end has to be disappointed here.

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Is Dollar General Stock a Buy?

Analysts aren't expecting much growth this year following fiscal 2020's pandemic-driven progress, but this muted outlook ignores a slew of smart initiatives.

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Amazon's Acquisition of Selz Speaks Volumes for Shopify, BigCommerce

The king of online shopping is showing fresh interest in a business it's already abandoned. Take the hint.


3 Top Dividend Stocks With Yields Over 5%

Income-minded investors don't have to settle for lackluster payouts right now. They just have to widen their field of view.

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Is Macy's Stock a Buy?

There are still more pitfalls and potholes ahead, despite an expected rebound in 2021.

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Better Buy: Walt Disney or All 30 Dow Jones Stocks?

Sometimes buying a particular stock just makes sense. That's not the case here, given the risk in doing so.


4 Steps to Retiring with Fewer Money Worries and More Ski Vacations

Common sense and a little discipline mean so much more than understanding the market's internal mechanics and every facet of a cash flow statement.

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3 Stocks to Build Your Portfolio Around

Quality earnings, sustainable growth, and smart use of fiscal flexibility are the hallmarks of truly great picks.

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3 Dividend Stocks That Are Perfect for Retirement

Investors in their golden years should seek a balance of reliability, yield, and payout growth.

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Better Buy: Costco vs. Kroger

Sometimes paying a premium for historical growth makes sense. This is not one of those times.

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Here's Another Opportunity Department Stores Can't Capitalize On

Consumers are finding more and more options to purchase customized apparel -- they're just not buying it from traditional retailers.


3 Top Value Stocks to Buy Right Now

Plenty of stocks are still at the lower end of their reasonable valuation spectrum, if you can look away from red-hot growth stocks long enough to notice.


Earn $1,000 in Monthly Retirement Dividends With 5 Easy Steps

It doesn't take a fortune or a lot of time to beef up your retirement income. It just takes some careful planning.

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3 Top Stocks With High Dividend Yields

Income-seeking investors don't have to choose between skimpy payouts and quality companies.

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What Disney Understands That Comcast Doesn't

Consumers don't mind paying a fixed monthly fee for quality streaming content, but they're not fans of one-time purchases of video entertainment.

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3 Top Stocks Under $10

Investors can buy a whole lot of shares in high-quality companies without spending an arm and a leg to do so.

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This One Stock Market Chart Will Make You a Smarter Investor

The discipline of doing less, not more, is the key to driving superior long-term gains.