The Best Way to Judge Past Performance: Part Two

Introduction

On virtually every financial website on the planet there is a never-ending daily stream of stock tips and recommendations.  Consequently, the investing public is literally flooded with information and advice regarding what stock to buy today or not to buy.  Some of what is offered is supported by factual information and logic, but unfortunately, much of what is offered is merely based on the opinion of the author.  This presents quite a challenge to the prudent prospective investor seeking sound advice or guidance.  The recommendations are presented and it is left up to the individual to act on the advice or not based on the content as written. […]

Mr. Valuation Thinks AbbVie Will ‘Humira’ Us For A Few More Years

Introduction It is not enough to simply identify a great company to invest in. Before investing in any common stock, it is critically important to evaluate and understand the valuation that the market is currently valuing it at. If valuation is too high, you are exposing your money to higher risk while simultaneously reducing your Read more about Mr. Valuation Thinks AbbVie Will ‘Humira’ Us For A Few More Years[…]

Blue-Chip Dividend Aristocrats – There is a Lot of Value in this Market: Part 4

This is the fourth in a series of articles designed to counter a pervasive attitude that common stocks are expensive today.  Furthermore, we would agree with those that contend that we have been in a stealth bull market for the last 18 months or more.  However, would also contend that stocks were so cheap prior Read more about Blue-Chip Dividend Aristocrats – There is a Lot of Value in this Market: Part 4[…]

Our Top 40 Favorite Dividend Champions: Blue-chip Dividend Growth Stocks Today’s Strong Option for Retirement Portfolios Part 2

In part one of this two-part series (Found Here) I laid the groundwork for why I believe that blue-chip dividend paying US equities represent not only a viable, but also a safer investment choice than many give them credit for. I also pointed out why I believe the risk profile on bonds is currently upside Read more about Our Top 40 Favorite Dividend Champions: Blue-chip Dividend Growth Stocks Today’s Strong Option for Retirement Portfolios Part 2[…]

Newsflash: The Dividend Aristocrats Found The Lost Decade

Introduction There are many people who continue to hold a jaundiced view of stocks because they were traumatized by the last two recessions.  Precipitous drops in equity prices drove them to distrust stocks and stock markets.  However, I believe that most of the negative sentiment is a function of what I would describe as vague Read more about Newsflash: The Dividend Aristocrats Found The Lost Decade[…]

Abbott Laboratories: Dividends, Earnings And Valuation Analysis

. . . . A Dividend Champion is defined as a company that has increased its dividend every year for 25 or more straight years. Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is a dividend champion that has raised its dividend every year for 39 consecutive years. The complete Dividend Champions list is compiled courtesy of David Fish. (Open Read more about Abbott Laboratories: Dividends, Earnings And Valuation Analysis[…]

Dividend Champions a Rare Undervalued Opportunity

We believe that based on earnings, 2012 is starting out with the stock market undervalued. We believe in the long-term ownership of great businesses purchased at sound and attractive valuations. Consequently, we view the stock market as merely the store that we shop at in order to buy the businesses we want to own. Furthermore, Read more about Dividend Champions a Rare Undervalued Opportunity[…]

America’s Best Companies are Cheap – So Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

Let there be no confusion about the purpose and intent of this article.  It is intended to present a positive and enthusiastic defense and a reasoned support of our great country and its economic strength and promise.  There are far too many that want to criticize and denigrate our economy and the very system within Read more about America’s Best Companies are Cheap – So Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year![…]

The Case for Optimism: Our Top 25 Dividend Growth Stocks are Dirt Cheap

Anyone who had recently invested in real estate would most likely agree that the phrase “dirt cheap” carries a new and enhanced meaning today. In the same vein, we would argue that our top 25 dividend growth stocks based on the potential for five-year estimated annual total returns are dirt cheap.  Consequently, we believe that Read more about The Case for Optimism: Our Top 25 Dividend Growth Stocks are Dirt Cheap[…]

Prof. Schiller and CAPE, Maybe Correct Generally, But Specifically Wrong: The Market is Currently Cheap

Introduction Many well-known stock market pundits to include the likes of Henry Blodgett point to Professor Robert Shiller’s cyclically adjusted PE ratio or CAPE to make a case that the stock market (S&P 500) is overvalued.  According to Prof. Shiller, the long-term average PE ratio (CAPE adjusted) for the S&P 500 is approximately 16.  And Read more about Prof. Schiller and CAPE, Maybe Correct Generally, But Specifically Wrong: The Market is Currently Cheap[…]