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Turning 62 in 2020? Social Security Will Pay You Less.
Social Security makes up a huge part of the income that most retirees get, and a key component of financial planning for those approaching retirement is making sure that they can receive as much in Social Security benefits as possible. Yet there's been a lot of talk about the financial difficulties that the Social Security program has gone through lately, and some have discussed making cuts to ensure that retirees and others can keep getting benefits indefinitely into the future. However, one […]

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Why SolarEdge Is the Top-Performing Solar Stock
As the solar industry has developed over the past two decades, various companies have tried to make their particular niche the high-value position in the supply chain. Solar panel manufacturers attempted to differentiate their wares by delivering higher efficiency, installers tried to create well-known brands that could command a premium, and component suppliers pushed to squeeze themselves into larger segments of the market. One company that seems to have found a particularly valuable spot in […]

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Why Retirees Should Consider This Cash-Rich Oil Stock
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has come a long way over the past few years. The energy company, like most of its peers, was ill-equipped to handle the sudden downdraft in crude prices in 2014, which eventually forced the company to slash its dividend. However, it has taken several steps since then to reduce costs and fortify its financial foundation. It now has one of the best balance sheets in the oil patch, including a cash position that's on track to top $10 billion. That cash-rich balance sheet […]

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Here Are the Guns That Will Battle to Be the Army's Next Squad Weapon
The U.S. Army is gearing up to select a new rifle to be carried by most front-line units into battle, moving on from its mainstay M4 carbine after more than 25 years of service. The Next Generation Squad Weapons (NGSW) contract would be a nice payday for the defense company named the eventual winner, with a total value estimated to be more than $1.5 billion. In late August, the Pentagon narrowed the competition down to three vendors, with privately held Sig Sauer and divisions of Textron (NYSE: […]

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3 Stocks That Could Make You Rich
Investing in stocks can make you rich. Just how rich and just how quickly you become wealthy varies considerably, of course. The important thing is to pick the right stocks that give you the best shot at delivering exceptional returns over a period of at least 10 years. Three stocks that I think definitely hold that potential are Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB), and The Trade Desk (NASDAQ: TTD). Here's why these three growth stocks could make you rich. Image source: Getty […]

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Apple's Greed Could Dent the iPhone's Momentum in This Market
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has finally kicked off production of a high-end device in India -- the iPhone XR. This marks a departure from Apple's strategy of making only older iPhones in the Asian country, where the lack of technical skill had restricted the company to making iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models. But a fresh $1 billion investment by Apple's manufacturing partners in India seems to have given the tech giant the expertise to make newer iPhone models. In fact, Apple plans to begin production of […]

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2020 HSA Changes: How Health Savings Accounts Can Help You
One of the best-kept secrets in financial planning is the health savings account. Not only do HSAs help you save toward one of the biggest costs you'll face in your lifetime -- healthcare expenses -- but they also give those who contribute to them some lucrative tax breaks that make them one of the most useful and beneficial tools you can add to your overall financial plan. Every year, the rules covering health savings accounts change slightly, and most years, that gives HSA users a bit more of […]

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Can These Discount Retailers Make Your Portfolio More Recession-Proof?
The recent volatility in the markets should serve as a reminder of how unstable things might be if a recession hits. It's important for investors to try to prepare themselves for less-than-ideal economic conditions. One way to do that is to invest in discount retailers that may see sales rise when consumers look for ways to reduce spending amid more challenging times. Below are two stocks that stand out today as options for investors looking to go this route. 1. Dollar Tree Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: […]

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2 Stocks That Could Double Your Money in 2020
Buying growth stocks in an election year is generally ill-advised. During the last presidential election cycle in 2016, growth stocks, on balance, dramatically underperformed the broader markets, whereas value stocks as a whole produced market-beating returns on capital. Going one step further, some growth-oriented subsectors such as biotech were flat out taken to the woodshed over the course of 2016, thanks to the economic and regulatory uncertainties stirred up by the rancor of presidential […]

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This Canadian Pot Stock Should Generate the First No-Nonsense, Recurring Operating Profit
One year ago, the future was bright for Canada's marijuana industry. Recreational weed sales commenced on Oct. 17, 2018, and all expectations were that sales would roar out of the gate. But as we've witnessed, Canadian pot stocks haven't come close to roaring. In fact, it's been more like a whimper. A number of issues have caused the Canadian weed industry to struggle. A backlog of licensing applications with Health Canada, for example, has kept legal weed off the market. Likewise, the slow […]

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