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3 Steps to Start Off 2011 Right

 Tonight, you'll ring in the new year, and the clock will start ticking to get going on all the resolutions you've made for 2011. As tough as it can be to follow through on promises to improve yourself and your finances, breaking it down into manageable steps can mean the difference between wishing for change and actually getting it done.


These Small-Cap Winners Are Still Cheap

 Many investors have bemoaned the so-called lost decade for stocks. But many investors who strayed from the most obvious investments have actually done quite well over the past 10 years, and although they are starting to have to be more selective with their stock picks, there are still plenty of good opportunities in parts of the markets that many investors never really venture into.


4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Southwestern Energy

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas producer Southwestern Energy(NYSE: SWN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.


A Sustainable Small Cap: Timberland

 This article is part of our Rising Star Portfolios series.

So Long to an Energy Services Small Cap

T-3 Energy Services (Nasdaq: TTES), like most oil patch services firms, has had a wild ride over the years. From a sub-$5 share price in 2003, to over $80 in 2008, to back under $10 in ... 2008, it's been enough to give shareholders some serious whiplash. Depending on your entry price, today's buyout offer from Robbins & Myers (NYSE: RBN) is either bittersweet or just plain sweet.

Dream Stocks for Small-Cap Investors

Investors are always hunting for the next big stock -- the dream stock whose price increases several times over when the market finally discovers it. It's easy to look back and discover the 10 best stocks of the past decade. But I'm more interested in the tools that can help me evaluate tomorrow's greatest companies.

Salvage Your Losers With This Easy Strategy

With temperatures soaring and the kids not yet back in school, the end of the year is probably the last thing on your mind right now. If you're looking to cut your tax bill to Uncle Sam, though, it's not too early to start thinking about turning losses on investments into tax breaks. Moreover, exchange-traded funds make it easier than ever to take those losses without running afoul of arcane tax rules.

How Warren Buffett Destroyed the Market

A few months ago, I laid out exactly how mutual fund manager Peter Lynchaveraged 29% annual returns for more than a decade.

Emmis Communications: Warming Up or Cooling Off?

Together, we are all trying to build our fortune by finding well-run companies at bargain-basement prices. But it takes work -- scouring company earnings reports, scrutinizing key data, and assessing the competition.

3 Stocks for a Diversified Portfolio

We here at The Fool are always preaching diversity, and we really do mean it. It behooves us as investors to get exposure to companies of different sizes and in different markets. That way, we avoid overexposure to any one investment in particular. The financial crisis has only emphasized the importance of keeping your proverbial eggs in more than one basket.