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Name That Company

    Founded in 1957 and based in St. Louis, I'm the largest car-rental company in America. I sport more than 7,000 offices (including more than 240 at airports) and will pick up my customers for free. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    My history can be traced back to 1881's Eastman Dry Plate Co. My founder aimed to simplify photography with low-cost mass production. After introducing film in rolls in 1883, he offered a $25 camera pre-loaded with enough film for 100 exposures. Full Story

Doing Right

Ask the Fool

    Q How can I find out which companies are doing right by their employees, their communities, the environment, shareholders and so on? — B.H., Utica, N.Y. A You'll find lists galore online. Full Story

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The Motley Fool Take

Is Palm a Poor Stock?

    In The Motley Fool's 135,000-member CAPS community, stocks are rated on a scale of one to five stars, based on member ratings. One-star ratings are the CAPS' equivalent of a flashing red warning beacon. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    Founded in 1807, I once published Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville. I'm no Johnny-come-lately. Full Story

Brace Yourself

Fool's School

    The market has gained some ground in the past few months, but don't assume the rally will continue. The long-term picture remains encouraging, because our economy will surely recover — eventually. But for now: • The U.S. Full Story

Bad Timing

My Dumbest Investment

    I waited 15 years to have enough money to start investing. I followed the advice of my brother-in-law, who at age 47 had already amassed over $1 million using Vanguard funds. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Fish Oil and Web sites

    During the tech bubble, I bought shares of Zapata, a company known for selling fish oil. It announced it would be purchasing Internet sites. The stock went crazy, and I bought in. This is an example of the craziness that was going on. Full Story

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Social Security Pay

    Q How can I learn what Social Security might pay me in retirement — J.J., Knoxville, Tenn. Full Story

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Name That Company

    My history can be traced back to 1881's Eastman Dry Plate Co. My founder aimed to simplify photography with low-cost mass production. After introducing film in rolls in 1883, he offered a $25 camera pre-loaded with enough film for 100 exposures. Full Story

The Motley Fool Take

Windows 7 Ready to Launch

    Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) plans to replace the Vista operating system with Windows 7 in October. In its initial release, Vista was a resource hog and less reliable than Windows XP. Full Story

Fool's School

Declining Earnings

    Shareholders can be a company's biggest fans and most forgiving critics — but that can cost us. Consider: Which of the following stocks is expected to post lower earnings this fiscal year — Microsoft, Target, Carnival or Adobe Systems? Full Story

Name That Company

    Founded in 1807, I once published Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville. I'm no Johnnycome lately. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    I was founded in 1897, when I made reed organs. In 1932 I introduced pipe organs. At that time I was known as Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. Full Story

Fool's School

Dividend Investing

    You may have heard that dividend stocks have significantly outperformed their stingier counterparts since 1972. You may have heard that the majority of the market's historical gains have come from dividends. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Hoping Someone Learns

    I have four kids, all close in age, and huge expected college expenses. I saw that coming and saved like crazy. I built a diversified, aggressive portfolio. Didn't go on ski trips or fancy vacations, didn't get cars for the kids. Full Story

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Look Out, Orville!

    Q Is it a good time to invest in airlines? — B.B., Sacramento, Calif. A Some have suggested it's never a good time. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    I was born in Brooklyn in 1938. My chewing gum was considered a "changemaker," as it was positioned near cash registers, attracting people's pennies. Full Story

The Motley Fool Take

E*Trade's Hurdles

    It's so easy to kick discount broker E*Trade (Nasdaq: ETFC) when it's down. Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is downgrading its debt. Yes, the picture is ugly. Full Story

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Name That Company

    I was founded in 1897, when I made reed organs. In 1932 I introduced pipe organs. At that time I was known as Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. Full Story

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The Motley Fool Take

Target's Quarter

    You'd think these would be great days for discounters, and in some ways, they are. However, Target (NYSE: TGT) has failed to draw crowds of customers, so maybe its "cheap chic" reputation is striking many shoppers as too chic and not cheap enough. Full Story

Fool's School

Term Life vs. Cash Value

    If you're single or have no dependents, you probably need little or no life insurance. With a little planning, you can establish a low-risk savings fund to cover funeral costs, and then invest the money you would have paid in insurance premiums. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

    My dumbest move was leaving a lot of money in my former company's stock. I did this after talking to a professional stock analyst who worked for a hedge fund. The fund owned about 7 percent of the company's stock. Full Story

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Low Margins

    Q Should I avoid companies with low profit margins? — T.F., Tampa, Fla. A In general, higher-margin companies are more promising than lower-margin ones. Full Story

Name That Company

    I was born in Brooklyn in 1938. My chewing gum was considered a "change-maker," as it was positioned near cash registers, attracting people's pennies. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    I was born in Palo Alto, Calif., in the mid-'90s and already, my brand is one of the most recognized in the world. Full Story