Retired Investors Don’t Buy Bonds Until?

Introduction

The primary attractions supporting investing in bonds or other fixed income instruments have traditionally been high income and safety.  People invest their principal in bonds and receive a stated interest rate (coupon) over the life of the bond and are given the promise of having their principal returned at maturity.  Under normal times, bonds would typically pay a higher rate of interest than the dividend rate on stocks.  Consequently, bonds have acquired the reputation as low risk and high income instruments. […]

Stocks for 2014: Are Dividend Paying Cyclical Stocks Acceptable Investments For Retirement Portfolios? – Part 6

Introduction Chuck Carnevale This is final installment of a 6-part series of articles on stocks for 2014.  In the previous five installments – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5, my focus was primarily on stocks of various categories that I believed were fairly valued even after the strong run that Read more about Stocks for 2014: Are Dividend Paying Cyclical Stocks Acceptable Investments For Retirement Portfolios? – Part 6[…]

Archer Daniels Midland: The World Needs To Eat

Illinois based Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) traces its roots back over 110 years to a partnership between George Archer and John Daniels in 1902; their business was to crush linseed. After working together for 21 years they acquired Midland Linseed Products Company and the Archer Daniels Midland Company as it is known presently was formed. […]

Stocks for 2014: Something for Everyone: Part 1

Introduction Chuck Carnevale My biggest pet peeve regarding common stock investing is how so many people have a tendency to over-generalize this asset class.  Commonly held beliefs such as investing in stocks is risky, or that the stock market is overvalued, or that the fed is driving stock prices, etc., are just a few examples Read more about Stocks for 2014: Something for Everyone: Part 1[…]

Deere & Co: Short-Term Risks, Long-Term Opportunities

Nothing runs like a Deere (DE). Well, perhaps with the exception of John Deere’s recent stock price – year-to-date the ownership claims are trading about 5% lower. However, here at F.A.S.T. Graphs™ we find it essential to underscore the difference between temporary price movements and the merits of the underlying business. In other words, Deere’s Read more about Deere & Co: Short-Term Risks, Long-Term Opportunities[…]

Invest In Stocks With A Margin of Safety To Reduce Risk And Enhance Returns

Introduction Of all of the many sound investing principles that legendary teacher and investor Ben Graham put forward, he believed that his concept of “margin of safety” was the most important of all.  This investment lesson was so deeply ingrained into the mind of Ben Graham’s most famous student, Warren Buffett, that he created his Read more about Invest In Stocks With A Margin of Safety To Reduce Risk And Enhance Returns[…]

The Industrial Sector Offers A Lot Of Value, Dividend Growth and Income

Introduction to the Industrial Sector The Industrial sector is primarily comprised of companies that produce goods used in construction and manufacturing.  Some of the key subsectors include aerospace and defense, construction and engineering, building products and industrial conglomerates.  For the most part, these are capital-intensive industries that often operate on low or even razor thin Read more about The Industrial Sector Offers A Lot Of Value, Dividend Growth and Income[…]

Deere: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis

Before analyzing a company for investment, it’s important to have a perspective on how well the business has performed.  Because at the end of the day, if you are an investor, you are buying the business.  The FAST Graphs™ presented with this article will focus first on the business behind the stock.  The orange line Read more about Deere: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis[…]

Many Of My Dividend Growth Stocks Have Become Overvalued, What Do I Do Now?

Introduction To me, there’s almost nothing better than finding a great company that I truly want to own at a fair valuation, or better yet, undervalued.  In the long run, it has been my experience that this usually leads to outsized future returns, especially if you buy stocks when they are undervalued at the time.  Read more about Many Of My Dividend Growth Stocks Have Become Overvalued, What Do I Do Now?[…]

Deere & Co: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis

Before analyzing a company for investment, it’s important to have a perspective on how well the business has performed.  Because at the end of the day, if you are an investor, you are buying the business.  The FAST Graphs™ presented with this article will focus first on the business behind the stock.  The orange line Read more about Deere & Co: Fundamental Stock Research Analysis[…]