One of the corners of The New York Times website that I check out regularly is its list of most-emailed articles. It tells me which articles struck a chord with its audience -- enough that they wanted to share them with others. That made me wonder which Motley Fool investing articles were most favored by our readers, so I did a little digging. Here's a list of five of our most-read recent articles. (And no, dagnabbit -- much to my surprise, my "The Poetry of Investing" article inexplicably didn't make the cut.)
Check these articles out -- you'll find some stocks to perhaps buy or sell, and your portfolio may thank you for it later. Better still, it's likely that the articles will each teach you a thing or two about investing.
"We Sold Your Stock" by Rick Aristotle Munarriz
In this article, Rick discusses four stocks that were recommended in our Motley Fool Rule Breakersnewsletter and were subsequently sold, explaining the reasoning behind the sales and how we should think about selling. The four included Bankrate
Getting in early is often the key to superior investing. Let's hear it for getting out early, too. And by 'getting out early,' I don't mean having an itchy trigger finger at the first sign of imperfection. You'll have a recipe for disaster if you're down to the frenetic twitches of a speculator -- that kind of behavior will only enrich your commission-snagging broker. The key is to realize when events are substantial enough to merit a thorough review.
"Now Is the Time Fortunes Are Made" by Bill Mann
Bill drives home some critical lessons in this article. He starts, though, by probably scaring some readers, as he notes:
.[I]n the space of a month, the Russell 2000 has dropped 15%. ... The Bombay Stock Exchange is nearly 30% lower, and the Russian and Brazilian markets are more than 20% lower than they were a month ago. That's gut-wrenching, and people are wondering what to do. Suddenly, all of the things we ignored two months ago -- inflation, energy costs, the potential U.S. collapse in the World Cup -- are big, big problems. Gold and silver companies, too, have been taken out and shot. Everyone is thinking this is a terrible time to be invested. But when everyone is thinking the same thing, no one is thinking much at all. That means ... opportunity."
Read on to learn how he did well buying into Elan
"The Best Stocks for New Money" by Rex Moore
Who doesn't want to know where to invest right now? Rex explains how you can use watch lists to your advantage and how he zeroed in on Johnson & Johnson
For many reasons, including solid management, reliable cash flows, and compelling valuation, Johnson & Johnson had been on my short list. After a 10% drop in less than a month at the beginning of this year, it had moved up to No. 1. I pulled the trigger in early February, getting in at $56.95.
Rex then explains where you can find short lists of our analysts' best ideas for new money now.
"Heading for Correction" by Shannon Zimmerman
For those looking for conservative investments with a lot of growth potential, Shannon explains:
Conservative, of course, is in the eye of the shareholder. Reducing your equity exposure is one way of getting that job done, but so, too, is favoring less volatile investments. One option: mutual funds that favor the kinds of stocks trendy types -- you know, the ones who inflated the market bubble during the late 1990s only to watch it burst in early 2000 -- typically avoid.
He then describes one such fund, as well as a promising one he recommended in his Champion Funds newsletter. That fund sports major holdings such as Coca-Cola
"A Huge Investment Opportunity" by Richard Gibbons
Though there are plenty of good reasons to look for investments among small-cap stocks, Richard makes a case for looking at large-caps now:
.[I]f you picked up some of the large caps with the biggest competitive advantages [during the 1990s], your returns would have been even better. Even before dividends, Johnson & Johnson earned shareholders a 20% compounded annual return. A stodgy old bank like JPMorgan Chase
Richard then explains where you might find some attractive large caps and lists some snapped up by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.
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Here's to a happier portfolio!
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