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Avoiding Investment Penalties on Your IRA

The uncertainty in today’s markets has increased the profile of nontraditional investments, but not all investments are taxed equally. Avoid the following traps and penalties for your IRA investment.

Down Under Digest: Australia Has What China Needs

China’s demand for Australia’s stuff is only increasing. In another Special Edition of MLM, we take a look at how Australia is accommodating those needs, as well as those of other Asian nations.

Italy’s Debt is Downgraded: The Euro is on the Verge of Collapse

Economic data coming out of the U.S. and Europe is as depressing as it gets. Is there anything an investor can do?

The Canadian Oil Sands and the Future of Global Energy Supplies

It’s a matter of simple mathematics: North America can’t afford to abandon development of the Canadian oil sands.

The Investment Case for Contract Drillers

Although the group has been out of favor, some offshore contract drillers offer an attractive combination of defensive qualities and exposure to long-term growth trends. The key is identifying names that have exposure to the business lines that offer the … Continue reading

Two Ginnie Mae Funds for Good, Safe Income

Among the many challenges investors face these days is how to generate decent income at low risk. One of the best solutions for risk-averse investors is to consider no-load mutual funds that invest in Ginnie Maes.

September’s Specialty ETFs

After a lull in August, this month’s pace of ETF launches has been torrid. But not all of these newly launched ETFs are worthwhile.

Met Coal Stocks and Railroads Get Slammed on Lower Coal Shipments

Warnings of lower coal shipments from both Walter Energy and Alpha Natural Resources have investors dumping all coal producers and coal shippers. A close analysis reveals that the problem is not industry-wide, but limited only to met coal producers. Buying … Continue reading

Shareholder Yield: A Strong Indicator of Future Stock Returns

Dividend yield is nice but shareholder yield (dividend yield plus stock buybacks) is even better.

Down Under Digest: Look South to Build Wealth

In another Special Edition of Maple Leaf Memo, we take a bigger-picture look at what’s happening in Australia, emphasize a couple areas where investors can lock in high, sustainable dividends, and set the table for coming attractions.