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Understanding Life Insurance

It’s important to learn about life insurance because many people who need to carry it don’t, and some who are carrying it don’t actually need it. At its core, life insurance is meant to protect your loved ones financially. Think about who would suffer financially if you died: If you have a spouse, children, parents or others — even a […]

My Smartest Investment

Trading vs. Investing

When it comes to financial decisions, the smartest thing I ever did was to stop trading and to start investing. — F.H., online The Fool Responds: That’s a critical distinction to make because investing is more likely to help you build wealth than trading is. Stock trading is often focused on the short term, as traders aim to make a […]

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Halted Trading

Q: If trading is halted for a stock, what does that mean? — O. P., Charleston, South Carolina A: Trading can be halted or delayed for several reasons. For example, there may be some headline news pending, such as an announcement about a merger or restructuring, a big change in management, a major legal development or significant good or bad […]

Name That Company

I trace my roots back to 1956, when my founder sold his first home. Today I’m a specialist in manufactured and modular homes — and one of the biggest homebuilders in America. I build homes on-site and off-site, and I sell, finance and insure them. I also offer tiny homes, college dormitories, military barracks and other kinds of housing. I […]

The Motley Fool Take

Down With Great Potential

The concept of online banking has been around for a few decades now, but SoFi Technologies (Nasdaq: SOFI) is going about it a little differently. Instead of offering an attractive niche product (like a high-yield savings account), SoFi’s goal is to offer everything its customers need and get them to abandon their current banks altogether. As if that wasn’t ambitious […]

Last week’s trivia answer

I trace my roots back to 1900, when 16 partners bought 900,000 acres of timberland in Washington state from the Northern Pacific Railway. I bought my first sawmill in 1902. I helped start the forest fire protection movement. Spruce from my forests was used to build World War I airplanes. Today, with a market value recently near $23 billion, I’m […]

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Is Your Company in Trouble?

It’s vital to keep up with your stock holdings regularly. This can help you notice if a company seems headed for trouble. If things get really bad, it might even file for bankruptcy protection, which is generally a disaster for shareholders, causing them to lose most or all of their investments. Here are some red flags to look out for. […]

My Dumbest Investment

Learned To Hold

My worst investment was selling my 200 shares of Facebook (now called Meta Platforms) at $24 per share. I made $400, which seemed good at the time. Of course, now the stock is trading around $120 per share. I learned a big lesson: to hold. — J. M., online The Fool Responds: You certainly learned that lesson the hard way, […]

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Advancing and Declining

Q: What’s the “advance-decline” ratio? — G.K., Decatur, Illinois A: It’s an indicator that some people use to gauge market sentiment. It simply takes the total number of stocks that are trading above where they last closed and divides that by the total number of stocks trading below where they last closed. There are close to 6,400 stocks on the […]

Name That Company

I trace my roots back to 1900, when 16 partners bought 900,000 acres of timberland in Washington state from the Northern Pacific Railway. I bought my first sawmill in 1902. I helped start the forest fire protection movement. Spruce from my forests was used to build World War I airplanes. Today, with a market value recently near $23 billion, I’m […]


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