One of the worst feelings is reaching for your wallet and finding it's not there. Panic ensues: Did you leave it at home? Drop it? Were you the victim of a pickpocket? Following our advice won't salve that panic, but it may lessen it.
If your wallet is stuffed fat with personal and financial information, know that much of that information can be exploited by identity thieves. All the bad guys need to get started is your name and Social Security number. That alone can lead to bogus loan applications and the opening of fraudulent accounts. It can get worse if they can steal from your wallet your government-issued photo ID and doctor the image.
We reached out to consumer protection experts to identify the things you should immediately purge from your wallet. Oh, and one quick tip before we dive in: Photocopy whatever remains in your wallet. That way, if your wallet is lost or stolen, you can at least quickly and easily file reports with the appropriate government agencies and financial institutions.SEE ALSO: 12 Reasons You'll Never Be a Millionaire
Apple (AAPL, $209.75) has been on an incredible run over the past decade, shooting nearly 1,200% higher and becoming the first American company to reach a trillion-dollar market capitalization.
And when you look back at its meteoric rise, it's unquestionably tied to a tireless march of blockbuster Apple products.
Year after year, Apple's biggest quarter is traditionally its fiscal Q1 (ending in December), when the company reaps the rewards of its fall releases -- led by new iPhones and other products -- and holiday sales.
This fall is shaping up to be a pivotal one for Apple, and AAPL stock as the company tries to make a meaningful move above $1 trillion in market cap. Naturally there will be new iPhones, but Apple is rumored to be making some other big moves after the iPhone X's 2017 launch was met with mixed results. The company also could open the floodgates across multiple product lines; if even half these new Apple products hit shelves for the holiday shopping season, the next Q1 report could be incredible.
Here are 11 new Apple products to expect this fall - from sure bets to long shots.SEE ALSO: 10 Apple Products That Changed Everything (And 10 That Didn't)
After saving for years in an IRA, 401(k) or other tax-deferred retirement plan, you eventually have to take the money out and pay taxes on it. Most people need to start taking these required minimum distributions after they turn age 70½--and the stakes are high. If you don't take out the required amount by the deadline, you could get hit with a penalty worth up to 50% of the amount you should have withdrawn. It's easy to make mistakes when figuring out the timing of RMDs, how much to withdraw and which accounts to tap. Here are 10 common RMD mistakes--and how to avoid them.SEE ALSO: 14 Retirement Mistakes You Will Regret Forever
A stock's price can fall for many reasons. The company may no longer be performing as it's expected to. The industry or sector could be temporarily out of fashion. Sometimes, a weak market simply pulls good stocks down with it.
As long as the issue isn't fundamental (and long-term), you can still buy low and eventually sell high, even in a toppy market like today's.
Today, we will look at 10 stocks with market caps between $10 billion and $200 billion that have fallen hard in the past year, but that some analysts think are poised for a bounce-back. These companies are in a variety of industries - everything from banking to pharmaceuticals to industrial products to consumer goods.
Clearly, each of these stocks comes with some risk given the bearish drivers that have dragged them down by 20%, 30%, even 40%. But investors should be less concerned about why these stocks fell in the past, and more concerned about whether they realistically can rebound from here. None of these stocks need to reach their old highs for investors to neatly profit - the underlying companies just need to follow through on proposed ways to increase shareholder value.
Here's a look at 10 battered stocks to buy for their recovery potential.SEE ALSO: 20 of the Best Stocks You Probably Haven't Heard Of
Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B, $205.83), wasn't kidding when he said he couldn't get enough bites of Apple's (AAPL) stock.
The Oracle of Omaha added to Berkshire Hathaway's already hefty stake in the iPhone maker during the three months ended June 30. Apple has since gone on to become the first U.S. company to top $1 trillion in market value.
Buffett has made his ardor for Apple well-known, but the world's greatest value investor made a number of other noteworthy moves in the second quarter, according to a new 13F regulatory filing. (Large investors such as Berkshire are required to disclose their holdings to the Securities and Exchange Commission every three months.)
The big picture remains the same. Buffett is, as always, bullish.
In total, Berkshire spent $6.1 billion on stocks in the second quarter. And since it can be instructive to see what Buffett has been up to, we took a closer look at what Berkshire has been buying and selling. Keep in mind that bigger investments are thought to be made by Warren Buffett himself, while smaller positions are believed to be handled by lieutenants Ted Weschler and Todd Combs.
With that caveat in mind, here are the most notable recent changes to Berkshire Hathaway's stock holdings.SEE ALSO: 20 Dividend Stocks to Fund 20 Years of Retirement
Consumer stocks as a whole are among some of the biggest beneficiaries of the current nine-year bull market. However, as we move through a period of uncertainty and change where tariffs and trade wars could affect some of these very same companies, investors need any edge they can get to make money in the years ahead.
Technology may be that edge. It's already playing a large role in the success and failure of many of this country's biggest consumer stocks, and tech looks to be an even greater determinant of who wins and loses five to 10 years from now.
RBC Capital Markets recently took out its futurist cap, producing a study entitled "Imagine 2025," which highlights the six themes it feels will drive business growth over the next seven years - and the stocks that will benefit as a result.
The themes mostly revolve around technology, but RBC also has addressed non-tech issues such as climate change, population growth, urbanization and others to develop a list of 69 companies it feels will lead the way through 2025.
The following are five of the best consumer stocks to buy right now. What makes them stand out from the rest is that each utilizes one or more of RBC's "Imagine 2025" themes to deliver better-than-average shareholder returns.SEE ALSO: 20 Dividend Stocks to Fund 20 Years of Retirement
If you're planning for retirement, downsizing is likely near the top of your to-do list. After all, it's a lot of work and expense to maintain the 2,426 square feet that makes up the typical single-family house.
Enter the tiny retirement home. Generally at under 400 square feet of living space, a tiny home requires much less upkeep and is much more affordable than a traditional house. That's an attractive combination for retirees on fixed incomes. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 45% of baby boomers would consider buying a tiny home.
Affordability is a compelling factor. On average, it costs $23,000 to build a tiny home yourself, according to TheTinyLife.com, a resource for the tiny home community. The average sale price for a single-family home is $384,900, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Just 3 out of 10 tiny home owners have a mortgage.
Despite the small size, tiny homes come in all shapes. Here are several great tiny homes uniquely suited to the needs of retirees. Take a look.SEE ALSO: 27 Cheapest Places Where You'll Really Want to Retire
This bull market is getting awfully long in the tooth. Stocks haven't recorded a 20% drop since March 9, 2009 - the beginning of the recovery from the Great Recession. At 3,444 days at last count, this bull market is on pace to set the all-time record on Aug. 22, surpassing the 3,452-day rally between Oct. 11, 1990.
Nothing lasts forever, of course, and that will be true of the current bull market at some point. "Since we are back close to the highs for the S&P 500, risks of a pullback have certainly risen," Wall Street veteran Bill Stone told CNBC on Aug. 9.
But even with a bear market nowhere in sight, some individual stocks may be in trouble.
TipRanks' Stock Screener reveals stocks with a bearish analyst consensus rating - so while we often use the screener to identify stocks to buy, it's also useful in targeting stocks to avoid or even sell.
Today, we'll look at seven stocks that have consensus hold or sell ratings from Wall Street right now, indicating that they could be trouble in the months ahead. We'll also share analysts' price targets on these stocks to avoid, and the pros' reasons as to why.SEE ALSO: 10 of the Market's Most Shorted Stocks
The 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest is attracting unprecedented interest, as it's the first in decades that is truly wide open. Although there are more than 40 politicians, businessmen and celebrities weighing a bid, former Vice President Joe Biden is the only one that virtually all other candidates would step aside for. And this far out, it's impossible to know whether there's another Barack Obama hiding in the mix, ready to catch fire and snatch the nomination from the heir apparent.
We'll be ranking the top 21 contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, updating our list after the 2018 midterm elections in November and as primary season ramps up in 2019. For now, only three potential candidates stand out enough to rank. Name recognition for everyone else is scant, which is why the remaining 18 names here are listed alphabetically for now.SEE ALSO: The Best and Worst Presidents (According to the Stock Market)
The conventional approach to funding retirement is to withdraw 4% of your savings in the first year, followed by "pay raises" in each subsequent year to adjust for inflation. Over a 30-year retirement, the thinking goes, there is little chance of running out of money if this retirement portfolio is invested in a mix of dividend stocks, a few growth stocks and bonds.
Today's world is different. Interest rates and bond yields have never been this low for this long, reducing future expected returns. And Americans are living longer than ever before.
Instead of facing the uncomfortable decision of what securities to sell or wondering if you are at risk of outliving your savings, you can lean on the cash from dividend stocks to fund a substantial portion of your retirement. Simply Safe Dividends published an in-depth guide about living on dividends in retirement here.
Many companies in the market yield 4% or more. And unlike with the 4% withdrawal rule, if you rely on solid dividend stocks for that 4% annually, you won't have to worry as much about the market's unpredictable fluctuations. Better still, you'll have a chance to leave your heirs with a sizable portfolio when the time comes.
Here's a look at 20 quality dividend stocks, yielding roughly 4% or higher, that should fund at least 20 years of retirement, if not more. They have paid uninterrupted dividends for more than 20 consecutive years, appear to have secure payouts and have the potential to collectively grow their dividends to...
One of the best momentum stocks to buy of 2018 recently got a rude awakening from an analyst. On July 20, Credit Suisse analyst Judah Former downgraded discount retailer Five Below (FIVE) to "neutral" from "outperform" after its stock gained more than 125% over the past year.
"[Five Below] remains one of the most differentiated concepts in retail ... and operates the quickest new store return model we have seen," Frommer wrote in a note to clients. "That said, we see risk/reward as balanced at these levels given the stock's material outperformance."
There are two schools of thought when it comes to momentum stocks to buy and sell. The first philosophy is never begrudging a profit. The second is always let your winners run and cut your losses quickly. Which one is correct?
They both depend on your investment psychology. If you're averse to risk, the first school of thought will serve you better. If you've got a no risk, no reward personality, however, you'll find comfort exercising the second philosophy. The one thing you shouldn't do is use both. Commit to one and stick with it through the good times and bad. If you've done your homework, the odds are good you'll do well over the long run.
For the purposes of this article, I'm recommending seven momentum stocks to buy with market caps greater than $2 billion that are up more than 100% over the past year ... and Five Below could be on the list. If you follow the...