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 check in order to avoid panicking, which typically leads to the making of a devastating financial mistake. […]

Stocks for 2014: Fairly Valued Dividend Growth Stocks with an Emphasis on Dividends – Part 4

Introduction

I am a firm believer that common stock portfolios should be custom-designed to meet each unique individual’s goals, objectives and risk tolerances.  With that said, I believe it logically follows that in order to create a successful portfolio, the individual investor must first conduct some serious introspection to be sure that they truly “know thyself.”  Therefore, I believe the first, and perhaps most critical step, towards designing a successful equity portfolio is to ask your-self, and honestly answer several important questions.

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For Maximum Total Return Go for Growth

Introduction Not all investors are the same.  Therefore, not all investors share the same goals and objectives.  Consequently, there are numerous strategies and investing methods available to choose from.  Moreover, it also goes without saying that the investment strategy that’s right for me may not be right for you.  For that reason, it’s imperative that Read more about For Maximum Total Return Go for Growth[…]

Are Blue-Chip Consumer Staples Worth Today’s Premium Valuations?

Introduction to the Consumer Staples Sector The Consumer Staples sector consists of companies that provide essential products.  In other words, Consumer Staples are products that people cannot or are unwilling to do without.  As a result of the essential nature of Consumer Staples, there are several attributes that distinguish this sector from most others.  First Read more about Are Blue-Chip Consumer Staples Worth Today’s Premium Valuations?[…]

Own These World’s Leading Brands And Never Fear A Recession Again

Introduction – The Volatility Is Risk Myth If you were to take the essence of most people’s beliefs and understanding about investing in common stocks, or the stock market for that matter, and turn it into a movie, I believe it would have to be labeled under the category science fiction.  In other words, in Read more about Own These World’s Leading Brands And Never Fear A Recession Again[…]

Super-Fast Growing Mid-Cap Growth Stocks With Explosive Returns

Introduction It seems like I’ve been writing only about dividend growth stocks for what seems like forever.  Therefore, I felt it would be a refreshing change to alter my focus from dividend income to pure unadulterated growth.  Although I’m a major proponent of investing in dividend growth stocks, unlike many of my fellow dividend growth Read more about Super-Fast Growing Mid-Cap Growth Stocks With Explosive Returns[…]

Why Accomplished Dividend Growth Investors Can Ignore Price Volatility

Introduction For a lot of reasons, dividend growth investing is becoming more and more popular every day.  The historically low interest rate on fixed income is perhaps one important reason for this trend.  However, an equally important, and perhaps even the most important reason, might just be that investors are better informed on the dividend Read more about Why Accomplished Dividend Growth Investors Can Ignore Price Volatility[…]

Retirees Beware Of The Many Dangers of Holding Overvalued Stocks

We often write about valuation because we believe it is one of the most misunderstood aspects of investing in common stocks.  This causes many people to hold what we consider to be unjustified biases that are based primarily on price action.  For example, the concept of the lost decade, which many almost gleefully point to Read more about Retirees Beware Of The Many Dangers of Holding Overvalued Stocks[…]

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[…]

Why Buy and Hold Will Always Be a Sound Investing Strategy

It seems like the debate regarding the merits of the “buy-and-hold” investing strategy is alive and well. We always find these discussions amusing, because we believe that it is such a pointless discussion. There is no general argument or case that can be made to support the buy-and-hold strategy or to negate it. The only Read more about Why Buy and Hold Will Always Be a Sound Investing Strategy[…]