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Investment Strategy

Stop the Madness: The Dark Side of Stop-Loss Orders

Many individual investors set stop-loss orders to limit their downside risk in the event that an individual stock blows up. But in some markets, stop-loss orders—especially those set indiscriminately—can saddle investors with unnecessary losses.



  • Tech Stocks

    Software Update, 2.0

    By Peter Staas | Aug. 31, 2015
    A little over a year ago, we highlighted our top software stocks in two articles. Our outlook for US stocks calls for increasing volatility as this aging bull market continues to wind down; against this backdrop, we review our favorite software stocks to identify the best buys in the event of a market pullback.
  • Portfolio Update

    No Surprises

    By Roger S. Conrad | Aug. 29, 2015
    Our Lifelong Income Portfolio picks haven’t avoided the market’s gyrations, but their underlying businesses posted solid quarterly results.
  • Agricultural Stocks

    Green Acres: The Fallow Years

    By Elliott H. Gue | Aug. 28, 2015
    Demand for agricultural products will continue to grow in coming decades, as rising household incomes prompt consumers in frontier and emerging markets upgrade their diets. But despite the recent hype in Barron’s and other financial publications, many of the agricultural industry’s former high flyers look like value traps in the current market. Cheap stocks can always get cheaper.
  • Investment Strategy

    Black Monday: A Shot Across the Bow

    By Elliott H. Gue | Aug. 25, 2015
    For much of the year, we've warned that deteriorating technical indicators had elevated the risk of a correction in the S&P 500. Here's our updated outlook following today's market action.
  • Special Situations

    Back to School

    By Peter Staas | Aug. 23, 2015
    This leading textbook company continues to expand its margins and grow its recurring revenue by transitioning to digital content and leveraging its existing intellectual properties to penetrate the consumer market.



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