Over the long run, stocks tend to perform much better than bonds. Still, it's good to understand bonds, and they can add some balance to a portfolio. Bonds are essentially long-term loans. If a company issues bonds, it's borrowing cash and promising to pay it back at a certain rate of interest. Full Story
My Dumbest Investment
Apple or McDonald's?
In January 1993, I decided to invest $2,000 in McDonald's because I felt it would feed the world, eventually. But I then talked myself out of it and went with Apple because a friend recommended it and I'd just bought an Apple computer. The day I bought Apple was the last day it was ever that high! It immediately started falling, and I bailed out with an 82 percent loss. Full Story
Name That Company
I'm a top global brand, having in begun with a handful of beans Seattle's Pike Place Market in 1971. 971. ely In 1991 I became the first privately me owned U.S. Full Story
The Motley Fool Take
The recent earnings release by Kimberly Clark (NYSE: KMB) is a classic illustration of price elasticity. Lower prices sell more goods, allowing a company to lower prices again — igniting a virtuous cycle. But the cycle also works in reverse, as Kimberly Clark has discovered. Full Story
Last week's trivia answer
I was born 15 years ago as a printed financial newsletter sold by two brothers to friends and relatives. A year later I debuted online and became quite popular. I'm on a mission to improve people's lives, offering superior investment ideas. Full Story
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The Gift of Stock
Q Can I give single shares of stock as holiday gifts? If so, how? — D.Y., Lawrence, Kan. A You sure can, and it's a gift idea that could transform your loved ones' financial futures. You can buy one share of a stock as a gift at Web sites such as www.registerstock.com and www. oneshare.com. Full Story
What Is This Thing Called The Motley Fool?
Remember Shakespeare? Remember "As You Like It"? In Elizabethan days, Fools were the only people who could get away with telling the truth to the King or Queen. Full Story