Alex Hughes

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You're missing 20% of your investment portfolio — and it's costing you thousands

Real estate should make up 20% of your portfolio to maximize value. iStock Chances are your investment portfolio is built around the old fashioned rule of 60% stocks and 40% bonds, right? Well, if that's true you're off by about 20%.<p>If you compared your portfolio to those of the most successful …


It’s time to lighten the load on these 10 stocks

It is time to take partial profits on 10 popular stocks listed later in this column. These are great companies with great products, excellent market …


The single most important determinant of long-term stock market returns

The stock market's price-earnings (P/E) ratio is probably the most popular and straightforward measure of stock market value out there.<p>When it's below some long-run average, the market is cheap. When it's about average, the market is expensive.<p>Unfortunately, just because stocks are expensive, it …

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Cubs have many options available to fortify their rotation substantially

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was eager to get involved in recruiting impact free agents such as former Rays standout David Price.<p>That was shortly before President Theo Epstein was courting Jeff Samardzija and during the same time Jake Arrieta said he would "love" to have Zack Greinke.<p>And the grin from …