The casino industry exemplifies decades of radical transformations in corporate America

As the Massachusetts gaming commission began hearings last week to decide if the Wynn Co will retain its license to operate the first major urban casino on the East Coast, I thought back to my original introduction to the casino industry in 1983. I considered much that industry has changed, but also how each sector I’ve researched has transformed and […]

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This top-ranked wealth manager for the ultrarich rarely trades stocks, even when the market is in turmoil. Here's why.

Brian Pfeifler of Morgan Stanley manages $11.9 billion for wealthy people. Last year, Forbes named him the No. 2 wealth advisor in the US. Pfeifler has a positive view on stocks, but says he rarely makes trades. He prefers to buy and hold companies for decades or longer, rather than hunt for hot trades. He urges investors to think long […]

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The research chief at the world's largest hedge fund unpacks a market that's suddenly opening up to US investors — and why the gold rush is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The opening up of a major international financial market has created an opportunity “that essentially didn’t exist” for US investors, according to Karen Karniol-Tambour, the head of investment research at Bridgewater Associates. “If you believe in diversification, you’re not going to get a lot of opportunities where such a large market opens up,” she told Business Insider. Visit BusinessInsider.com for […]

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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: ADS, American Tower, Anadarko, CVS, Dow, Infosys, Nokia, Phillips 66, Wells Fargo and More

Stocks were absolutely directionless on Monday’s early trading indications, with no major news influencing the markets in either direction. The major market indexes are still up in the double-digit percentages year to date and the S&P 500 is very close to its all-time highs. Investors need to be considering how they want their portfolios positioned for the rest of the […]

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Investing is more like poker than chess

I have spent a lifetime trying to refute the belief that investing is tantamount to gambling. However, having recently read world poker champion Annie Duke’s book, Thinking in Bets, I have been forced to reassess. Lots of valuable investing lessons can be learned from the skills developed by world-class poker players.Credit:Gabriele Charotte While I am still not a convert to […]

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A Stock Investing Conundrum: What's the Right Diversification Level?

It's not easy to pick winning stocks, but as The Motley Fool's various services prove year in and year out, it's certainly not impossible. With the right mind-set and some careful research, an individual investor with a long-term, buy-and-hold mentality can craft a portfolio that will outperform the market. But just how many stocks should be in such a portfolio? […]

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Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: Arista Networks, Carlyle, F5 Networks, Intuit, Salesforce, Viacom, Viking Therapeutics, Wells Fargo and More

The futures traded higher Friday morning as Wall Street awaits the highly anticipated Lyft initial public offering, and trading for the first quarter officially comes to a close today. Investors need to be considering how they want their investments and assets positioned for the rest of the year and beyond. 24/7 Wall St. reviews dozens of analyst research reports each […]

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Inside a Star Do-Good Investor’s Stunning Fall from Grace

Before a rapt gathering of investors, Bill McGlashan was holding forth on his favorite subject: “impact investing,” which aims to generate lofty social, as well as financial, returns. A senior executive of private-equity giant TPG, McGlashan headed up its fast-growing business of investing for “social good.” His Rise Fund boasted A-list backers. Musician Bono and eBay billionaire Jeff Skoll co-founded […]

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