Introduction The idea that interest rates directly affect stock prices is a commonly held belief among many investors. There are some that even go as far as to say that the only reason the stock market is up is because interest rates have been artificially kept low by the Fed. With this article, I’m going […]
Introduction Procter & Gamble (PG) is a Dividend Aristocrat, Champion and blue-chip stalwart that has increased its dividend for 62 consecutive years. Therefore, it should be no surprise that this blue-chip stalwart has traditionally commanded a higher valuation than most stocks. Over the past couple of decades at least, it has been a very rare […]
Introduction The threat of rising interest rates is all the rage in financial circles today. However, the seminal question is: How real is the threat, and how much impact will rising rates have on stock prices and investor performance? This article will present my personal perspectives on interest rates and their potential impact on stock […]
Introduction Interest rates have been in a freefall for the better part of the past two decades. Moreover, the yield on the 10-year US Treasury, which is the flagship interest rate benchmark, has mostly been below 2% since the beginning of 2012. The 10-year Treasury note did reach 3% by the end of 2013 but […]
Suffering Stock Market Stress? Consider This Market with Negligible Volatility and Consistently Rising Values Instead!
Introduction It would be an understatement to call the recent stock market activity turbulent. High stock price volatility makes investors anxious and some people even become downright frightened. These emotional responses are often exaggerated for people in or near retirement. Therefore, I contend that all investors need to find ways to keep their emotions in […]
Introduction Dividend Champions/Aristocrats are the go-to dividend paying stocks for prudent investors desirous of a safe, predictable and growing stream of income on the common stock portion of their retirement portfolios. As most investors are aware, in order to be classified as a Dividend Champion/Aristocrat a company must meet the stern test of consecutively increasing their […]