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Mutual funds face problems

It can seem reassuring if an actively managed mutual fund that you’re considering is massive — meaning that many investors have trusted lots of money to it. But managers of big funds face challenges. As fund managers become more successful, delivering strong returns for their shareholders, more dollars will likely come their way. They’ll collect more in fees, but they’ll […]

Name That Company

I’m the product of a 2018 merger between two optical giants, one of which was established in France in 1849, and the other launched in Italy in 1961. The latter name is dominant in the frame business, while the former is a lens-making titan. Some of my brands are Ray-Ban, Oakley, Oliver Peoples and Costa del Mar. My licensed brands […]

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A bright stock

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens are showing up everywhere, from mid-range smartphones to top-shelf TV sets. And OLED researcher and materials reseller Universal Display (Nasdaq: OLED) is a high-octane growth stock, having doubled its sales in five years. In its last quarter, revenue rose 12% year over year, with management noting that it’s “broadening our core competencies, bolstering our worldwide […]

My Dumbest Investment

Learned my lesson

My dumbest investment move has been trading too frequently in certain stocks. For example, I rode Tesla until its 5-for-1 stock split in 2020, selling at around $480 per share. I then bought shares again at $550. That’s a gain of $70 per share that I missed out on. So now I’ll keep those shares no matter what. After that […]

Last week’s trivia answer

I trace my roots back to 1957, and I’m a product of several major acquisitions and a big merger. I’m privately held, but not a small operation, with annual revenue of around $20 billion. I’ve had more than 800,000 employees since April 2021, when I acquired the security specialist G4S, which had 533,000 workers at the time. (I’m now among […]

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Shifting assets

Q Is it good to move money into bonds when stocks fall, and vice versa? — L. T., Warsaw, Indiana A Not necessarily. Instead, you might just figure out what portion of your assets you want to invest in bonds and stick with that until you have a reason to change your asset allocation, such as if five or more […]

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Is It Time to Panic?

As of May 20, the S&P 500 Index, comprising 500 of America’s biggest companies, was down a sizable 18% year to date. The Nasdaq stock market was down much more — 27%. Large drops make many investors panicky. If you approach your investing in a rational way, though, you needn’t panic. Understand that the stock market is a terrific long-term […]

Name That Company

I trace my roots back to 1957, and I’m a product of several major acquisitions and a big merger. I’m privately held, but not a small operation, with annual revenue of around $ 20 billion. I’ve had more than 800,000 employees since April 2021, when I acquired the security specialist G4S, which had 533,000 workers at the time. (I’m now […]

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A Payment Giant

PayPal Holdings (Nasdaq: PYPL) is a premier digital payment specialist with a promising future ahead. Other “fintech” (financial technology) companies may be nimbler and growing faster, but PayPal and its Venmo subsidiary remain formidable foes when it comes to competing for the youngest generations of consumers. According to Piper Sandler’s 2022 “Taking Stock With Teens” report, Venmo and PayPal ranked […]

My Dumbest Investment

It Was a Sure Thing

My dumbest investment hurts. It was a friend. It was a private investment. He was letting us in on the ground floor. It was a sure thing. (It was fraud.) We never had money to invest, but an uncle had just passed away and left us a small inheritance to invest toward our kids’ college. Of course, our “friend” knew […]


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