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Fools were out and about this past week in an investing world jam-packed with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.

Dividend Monsters to Buy After the PullbackFool analyst Morgan Housel brings perspective to market moves. "Slowdowns don't always herald a second coming of the Great Depression, and the majority of stock pullbacks leave investors kicking themselves in hindsight, asking why they weren't brave enough to buy," he wrote. But you don't have to be part of the regretful crowd.

Morgan presents a few solid investing ideas for those who need to bulk up the stock side of their portfolio. Paychex (NAS: PAYX) was one suggestion he found among large-cap dividend stocks. With its stock price down significantly, the payroll processor offers a 4.4% dividend yield, Morgan reported. Paychex could also be an inflation hedge since it earns interest on the payroll money it holds for clients, he wrote.

For those who don't want to invest in individual stocks, Morgan suggests the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation (NYS: VIG) exchanged-traded fund, which "focuses on high-quality companies with a long track record of paying and raising dividends." The ETF yields a half-percentage point more than 10-year Treasuries, which sit at 1.5%, Morgan reported.

Read the article for more insight on dividend monsters to buy after the pullback.

5 Stocks to Buy Before Facebook

Fool analyst Matt Koppenheffer takes investors a step beyond pointing out Facebook's flaws. He gives investors a look at five stocks that excel in areas where Facebook lags.

If thinking about Facebook's need to "monetize" its users makes you queasy, perhaps you'd be better suited to Procter & Gamble (NYS: PG) , which makes money in a very straightforward way, Matt pointed. "It develops and sells products and brands that consumers are willing to buy over and over again ... the company is 175 years old and owns blockbuster brands such as Gillette, Tide, and Crest," he wrote.

Maybe Facebook's stock valuation gets your blood pressure up. Matt suggests you can stay in the tech sector with Intel (NAS: INTC) , which has a forward price-to-earnings ratio of less than 10 and "a business that's proved itself very successful over decades of slinging industry-leading chips." Intel's dividend yields 3.3%.

Read the article for more of Matt's insight.

Why I'll Never Invest in These Chinese Stocks
(NAS: GOOG) shareholders shouldn't be wringing their hands over the company's losses in the Chinese search market, Fool analyst Dan Newman wrote: "With its current decision to ignore government regulations, Google still has 17% of search revenue. Google's Android smartphone market share has grown from 34% to 68% in 2011 alone. China isn't lost just because Google doesn't play by the government's rules."

Dan goes further to say that Google is helping itself long-term by taking a stand against Chinese censorship. "Google is cementing itself in the minds of the Chinese, and the world, as the uncensored source of information," he wrote.

According to Dan, Google's actions and its place outside of China make it a better investment than Chinese companies SINA, Renren, and Baidu, the search beneficiary of Google's reduced presence in China. "These Chinese companies will always be under the thumb of the government's whims," he wrote.

Read the article for more on the China situation.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool online editor Kris Eddy owns no shares of any stocks mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool owns shares of Baidu, Google, and Facebook.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of Baidu, Intel, Paychex, SINA, Procter & Gamble, and Google, as well as writing a covered straddle position in Paychex. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days.

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