This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Contrarians' Day: Profiting From Independent Thought

If any country should celebrate a contrarian streak, it's America.

As we observe Independence Day -- is anybody actually reading today? -- this holiday week's Financial Education column will highlight our running series on contrarian investing, the ultimate expression of market independence.

Contrarian investing -- buying the stuff that everybody hates, or betting against the stuff that everybody loves -- is one of the best ways to aim for performance-enhancing returns. There are a million ways to go against the herd, and today's package of stories highlights some of the best bets these days:

Short Selling: Do Amazon (AMZN - Get Report), eBay (EBAY - Get Report) and Yahoo! (YHOO - Get Report) look frothy to you? If you know the risks, short-selling can be a profitable venture. This recent column offers a primer on how to sell a stock short. (Back in the old days in France, Napoleon banned short-selling as treasonous behavior -- that would never happen in America!)

Dogs of the Dow: Investors looking for a contrarian investment strategy tailor-made to benefit from the recent dividend tax cut, the Dow 10, or Dogs of the Dow, is a good place to start. Check out this recent column for details on how an oldie-but-goodie strategy makes darlings out of dogs like Altria (MO - Get Report).

Japan: You heard me. A growing number of savvy investors are suggesting it's finally time to take a look at the country that has been in a 13-year death spiral. This recent column offers a few mutual funds that are worthy candidates for the investor willing to take the plunge.

Gold: The precious metal has been on a bear-market tear during the past three years -- after a two-decade funk -- and some investors think it may still have more upside. Investors interested in the metal's prospects should check out this recent column .

True Contrarians: Lots of investors lay claim to being contrarians these days. To get a sense of what contrarian investing truly means these days, we got the straight story from three genuine articles: Marc Faber, Tom McManus and David Dreman. While they contradicted each other a bit -- natch -- there were some common themes. Click here to see what these contrarians like and dislike.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
AMZN $438.56 0.00%
EBAY $59.09 0.00%
MO $51.40 0.00%
NEM $25.59 0.00%
YHOO $44.35 -0.02%


DOW 18,037.97 -42.17 -0.23%
S&P 500 2,108.92 -8.77 -0.41%
NASDAQ 5,060.2460 -31.8390 -0.63%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs