I'm always curious to learn which articles get the most attention from our readers. After doing some digging, I'd like to point you to 10 more of our most-read recent pieces. You'll find plenty of helpful advice tucked away in them, along with some specific recommendations of stocks to buy or sell. Your portfolio may thank you for it later, and you may learn a thing or two about investing along the way.
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"China Syndrome," by Bill Mann, Seth Jayson, and Nathan Parmelee
When the stock market took a nosedive in late February, partly because of developments in Asia, our Global Gains team sprung into action to offer this insightful article. They noted that "the Chinese market, which doubled in 2006, attracted a great deal of heedless greed. Given this, a day like today was a virtual certainty."
"Great Investments for Busy People," by Shannon Zimmerman
Shannon explains, "If you have plenty on your plate already -- a full-time job, say, and friends and family you want to hang out with -- world-class mutual funds are the no-muss, no-fuss way to build wealth." He then goes on to offer some tips on just how to find those world-class funds.
"Better Catch That Cow!" by Bill Mann
In this article, Bill lashes out at federal banking regulators, who are only now expressing concern about the number of Americans with at-risk mortgages. He also points out some worrisome activity in the lending industry: "As a result of the new 'regulatory environment,' newly brutalized lender Fremont General
"6 High-Risk Dividend Stocks," by James Early
James introduces an "exciting, if oxymoronic, frontier of investing: mixing dividends -- an iconic symbol of safe, cash-rich stocks -- with wildcat capital gain prospecting. Sometimes, you make a killing. Sometimes, you don't get paid at all. Welcome to high-risk dividend stocks." He offers some examples, too, such as New Century Financial with its recent dividend yield of nearly 48%! Check out the rest of the story to learn how not to get taken to the cleaners.
"This Stock Is Cheap -- or Is It?" by Tim Hanson
Tim starts out talking about Amgen
"How I Lost $200,000," by Selena Maranjian
This one hurts, because I wrote it about my own real-life experiences. Maybe hearing about some of my blunders can help you avoid making them. I lost more than $50,000 on Amazon.com
"Read This or Go Broke!" by Paul Elliott
Paul explains why some highly esteemed investors are looking overseas for great investments and how he's doing that himself.
"5 Low-Priced, High-Star Stocks," by Brian Pacampara
Brian observes that many investors are interested in "low-priced" stocks, which aren't always good stocks. So, to help Fools find some of these stocks with noteworthy investors behind them, he checks our CAPS database and offers up some low-priced-but-highly-rated companies -- such as Indian telecommunications company Sify Limited.
"5 Steps to Salvage Your Retirement," by Robert Brokamp
Robert notes that "so far in 2007, most of the major stock indices are in the red." He then conjures up some questions on many investors' minds, such as: "I just saw my life savings drop 5% in one day -- am I going to have to work forever?" You shouldn't despair, though, Robert says: "By making the right changes to your portfolio -- as well to as a few other places -- you can still retire. The fact is, market returns are only one determinant of your net worth -- and they may not even be the biggest." He then offers five steps to greatly improve your retirement prospects.
"The Ultimate Buy Signal," by Bill Barker
Don't we all wish we knew exactly what to look for to find the perfect stocks? Bill offers some suggestions, such as seeking out wide and growing market opportunities, sustainable competitive advantages, and misunderstood business situations. He lists some examples that have fit the bill in the past, such as Dell
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Longtime contributor Selena Maranjian owns shares of Amazon.com, which, along with Dell, is a Stock Advisor pick. Dell is also an Inside Value recommendation. For more about Selena, view her bio and her profile. The Motley Fool is Fools writing for Fools.