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A few good swing trades

At Brush Up on Stocks, I like to ferret out stocks to hold calmly for a few years for returns that beat the markets. That’s what I’ve delivered. On average, my stocks have outperformed every year, since launching the newsletter in 2010. (For a summary of returns, click here.) However, I like a quick trade […]

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First quarter sector calls

I’m going to take a break from biotech. The group has done so well, it is due for a correction. Instead, in this issue I want to focus on energy. There’s been widespread insider buying in this group in February. It is the kind of buying that suggests a group will do well. – Brush […]

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6 reasons why it’s time to take a little money off the table

Though the current economic expansion is five years old and the average expansion since 1960 has lasted only 11 months more than that, I doubt this means the bull market in stocks is about to end. So I’m a fan of staying the course with core, long-term stock holdings right now. But if you have […]

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Investing lesson from Steve Jobs: It pays to think different

In investing, some of the biggest payoffs regularly come from doing the opposite of the crowd. This is called “contrarian investing,” which I have personally learned about in conversations with some of the greats at this style over the years, like David Dreman, Marty Whitman, Irving Kahn and Seth Glickenhaus. Contrarian investing isn’t for everyone. […]

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