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The Churned Investor

    Old-fashioned dairy farms and Wall Street have something in common: churning. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Patience Pays

    The first stock I bought years ago was Merck. It went down for two years, starting the day after my purchase. I sold, losing 34 percent of my investment, and then it went back up and split, and on and on. I bought Philip Morris and sold too soon. Full Story

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    Morningstar's Ratings Q I'm confused by Morningstar's star ratings for stocks. I've seen a company that has lost 72 percent of its value this year rated as three stars (out of five), Full Story

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    My roots go back to 1865, when Fredrik Idestam, a mining engineer, established a wood-pulp mill in Finland. Full Story

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Name That Company

    I was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, whose initials form part of my name. He began by buying matches in bulk as a child and reselling them individually, before moving on to selling seeds, fish and ballpoint pens. Full Story

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    I was born in 1913, when five Californians (a banker, miner, bookkeeper, lawyer and purveyor of wood and coal) pooled $500 to create the Electro-Alkaline Co., America's first commercial liquid bleach maker. Full Story

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Coca-Cola in China

    Citing Coca-Cola's "market dominance in carbonated soft drinks" in China, the nation's Ministry of Commerce recently rejected Coke's bid to acquire China Huiyuan Juice Group (CHJ), fearing that the acquisition would limit competition in China's jui Full Story

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Name That Company

    I was founded in Sweden in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, whose initials form part of my name. He began by buying matches in bulk as a child and reselling them individually, before moving on to selling seeds, fish and ballpoint pens. Full Story

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Coca-Cola in China

    Citing Coca-Cola's "market dominance in carbonated soft drinks" in China, the nation's Ministry of Commerce recently rejected Coke's bid to acquire China Huiyuan Juice Group (CHJ), fearing that the acquisition would limit competition in China's jui Full Story

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Cast Those Proxy Votes

    If you own shares of stock in individual companies (as opposed to through mutual funds), you've probably received proxy voting materials — ballots that arrive once a year along with your annual report. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Profits Reversed

    My buying 2,000 shares of a company for 65 cents per share in 1996 based on a cocktail party tip was very dumb. Two years later, the company executed a onefor six reverse stock split, leaving me with 333 shares. Full Story

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Insiders Selling

    Q I saw that some insiders at Activision Blizzard have recently sold about 3 million shares of its stock. When insiders sell thousands or millions of shares, who are the buyers? — P.D., Biloxi, Miss. Full Story

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Insiders Selling

    Q I saw that some insiders at Activision Blizzard have recently sold about 3 million shares of its stock. When insiders sell thousands or millions of shares, who are the buyers? — P.D., Biloxi, Miss. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    I was born in 1913, when five Californians (a banker, miner, bookkeeper, lawyer and purveyor of wood and coal) pooled $500 to create the Electro-Alkaline Co., America's first commercial liquid bleach maker. Full Story

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Fool's School

Cast Those Proxy Votes

    If you own shares of stock in individual companies (as opposed to through mutual funds), you've probably received proxy voting materials — ballots that arrive once a year along with your annual report. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Profits Reversed

    My buying 2,000 shares of a company for 65 cents per share in 1996 based on a cocktail party tip was very dumb. Two years later, the company executed a onefor six reverse stock split, leaving me with 333 shares. Full Story

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Time to Invest?

    "Now is the time to invest and get rich." Those were Warren Buffett's words back in 1974. He turned out to be right. Earlier this decade, he warned about insane stock valuations during the Internet bubble and the dangers of derivatives. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

$350 for a Risky Idea

    My dad's broker just tried to talk me into buying Citigroup for him. Gads, what a mess. He also gets $350 a trade. Little does he know that next month the account is being transferred to USAA's brokerage for much lower trading commissions. Full Story

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Annual Reports

    Q What's an annual report good for? Does it give intrinsic and market values for a stock? — M.S., Adrian, Mich. A Annual reports can serve investors well. Full Story

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    I was founded in Chicago in 1928 by the Galvin brothers, who coined my name to reflect motion and radios. In the 1930s I made car radios and police cruiser receivers. I invented the first walkie-talkie and the Six Sigma quality improvement process. Full Story

The Motley Fool Take

Pfizer Gets a Hit!

    Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) has had a rough start to 2009. Investors have been less than enthusiastic about its $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth and concurrent dividend cut. Full Story

Name That Company

    I was born in 1913, when five Californians (a banker, miner, bookkeeper, lawyer and purveyor of wood and coal) pooled $500 to create the Electro-Alkaline Co., America's first commercial liquid bleach maker. Full Story

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Are Your Kids Investing?

    Getting your kids to eat vegetables isn't enough. Give them a financial head start by introducing them to investing. With time on their side, they can reap great benefits from the magic of compounded growth. Full Story

My Dumbest Investment

Very Limited Partnerships

    Back in the 1980s, I tied up more than $40,000 in a handful of limited real estate partnerships. Over time, my modest gains were eroded by delays, legal problems, unrented spaces, real estate broker fees and steep executive salaries. Full Story

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How Now, Dow?

    Q What's "the Dow"? — P.D., Akron, Ohio A It's the Dow Jones industrial average, created in 1896 by Charles Dow, who also established The Wall Street Journal. Full Story

Name That Company

    I was founded in Chicago in 1928 ed by the Galvin brothers, who coined ios. my name to reflect motion and radios. and In the 1930s I made car radios police cruiser receivers. Full Story

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IBM's Smart World

    In this year's letter to shareholders, IBM (NYSE: IBM) CEO Sam Palmisano says, "We will not simply ride out the storm. … Rather we will take a long-term view, and go on offense." IBM has been firing on all cylinders lately. Full Story

Last week's trivia answer

    I was founded in 1901 by two Milwaukee men intent on "taking the work out of bicycling." (Back then you'd buy gas for my products a pint at a time, at drugstores.) Twenty-thousand of my products served in World War I. Full Story