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How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy

The essence of strategy formulation is coping with competition. Yet it is easy to view competition too narrowly and too pessimistically. While one sometimes hears executives complaining to the contrary, intense competition in an industry is neither coincidence nor bad luck.<p>Moreover, in the fight …

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3 Steps To Achieving Customer Satisfaction And Loyalty

Isn’t it enough that customers find a product appealing, the service up to scratch and the price reasonable? The answer is no! A customer that says …

Insights & Ideas | Charles Schwab

At Charles Schwab, we encourage everyone to take ownership of their financial life by asking questions and demanding transparency.<p>Our <b>Insights & Ideas</b> bring you information that fosters that ownership, because we believe that the best outcomes in life come from being fully engaged.

How to Build a Sector-Neutral Stock Portfolio

What type of stock picker are you? Do you look for growth stocks, value stocks or high-dividend-yielding stocks? Or perhaps you look for "story" stocks that trade more on future profit expectations than on current conditions. Regardless of your individual investing style, you may not realize that …

Defensive Sectors Are No Help In Market Downturns

Wall Street’s advice on how to prepare for possible market corrections has always been the same. No matter what happens to the economy people will still have to eat, drink, and take their medicines. So consumer staples, food, beverage, healthcare, and drug companies will do well even in economic …

3 Ways to Build an All-Index ETF Portfolio

Regular readers know that I often talk about the advantages of using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to fill gaps in an investment portfolio, and lots of investors mix and match ETFs with mutual funds and individual stocks and bonds in their accounts. However, it's equally possible to build a complete …

Bonds & Types of Bonds | Charles Schwab

Stocks<p>Bonds<p>Investment Objective<p>For growth and to outpace inflation.<p>For stability, diversification, and income.<p>Risk<p>Higher. Principal values can be volatile. In the case of bankruptcy liquidation, stockholders receive their payment after bondholders and other creditors.<p>Lower. Principal value is …

Be Defensive: Use Stop Orders

Stop orders are most often used to help protect an unrealized gain or to limit potential losses on an existing position. Here, we'll discuss how to use them in your portfolio to protect long equity positions.<p>Stop orders come in three main varieties: standard stop orders, stop-limit orders and …