Fools were out and about this week in an investing world jampacked with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.
The Tricky Thing About 8,000% Returns
The tricky thing about McDonald's
Read the article for more about McDonald's and about Alyce's own experiences holding onto shares in Starbucks
What the Great Depression Did That This Recession Won't
Here are a few of the things Fool contributor Morgan Housel found when looking into early indicators of how the recent recession has altered how we manage our money:
- The personal savings rate jumped in 2009 but has already sagged back to 3.5%.
- Consumers are getting rid of debt, but they're doing it almost entirely by defaulting on it.
- Legions of homebuyers are lining up for mortgages with "paper-thin down payments."
Obviously, people haven't been "scared into saving more and borrowing less, as they were after the Great Depression." Why? "Personal bankruptcy during the Great Depression was virtually unheard of; today it's an everyday occurrence," Morgan wrote. "About the same number of people were awarded bachelor degrees last year as filed for personal bankruptcy (1.6 million)."
Read the article and the reader comments on that page to get more Foolish flavor on what's going on in America these days.
6 Dividends With Wide Moats
Fool contributor Patrick Martin took a look at six stocks with wide moats protecting the dividend payments they make to investors. Giants Procter & Gamble
Read the article to learn more about how dividend stocks can bulk up your portfolio and to see what Patrick had to say about Diageo, Philip Morris International, and Sysco.
Fool online editor Kris Eddy owns no shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.
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