Suffering Stock Market Stress? Consider This Market with Negligible Volatility and Consistently Rising Values Instead!


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. […]

Retired Investors: Apply a Value Investing Strategy and Earn More Income and Higher Returns


Value investing produces safe, powerful long-term results, but it is often misunderstood.  This is why most of the greatest investors that have ever lived have employed some form of value investing as an integral part of their overall stock investing strategy.  However, the term, concept or strategy called value investing does not necessarily universally apply.  Like many financial terms and concepts, there are many nuances that pertain to the general concept of investing for value in common stocks. […]

In Today’s Overheated Market Control Risk in Your Retirement Portfolios with Sound Valuation


Investing money in anything is never without risk.  When investing in liquid investments, prices can and do fluctuate daily.  Importantly, all liquid investments can fluctuate in price, and that includes both stocks and bonds.  I mention this because price volatility, especially when investing in common stocks, represents one of the biggest risks that investors focus on, some to the point of obsession. […]

The Best Way to Judge Past Performance: Part Two


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. […]

Safe Large-Cap Blue-Chip Dividend Champions For Your Retirement Portfolios: Part 2


  • Retired investors should appropriately be more concerned about safety and growth of income than about earning high returns.
  • Retired investors no longer have the opportunity for pay raises associated with working.
  • Most recognized blue-chip dividend paying stocks have been in business for many decades, and in some cases for a century or more.
  • Many Dividend Champions have increased their dividends for 40, 50 or more years in a row.
  • The notion that blue-chip Dividend Champions are too risky for retired investors is greatly exaggerated.


Medtronic-A Lesson On Reasonableness Despite New Highs

  • People tend to lump all companies together as “stocks” and today the general characterization is that stocks are “expensive.”
  • While it is true that Medtronic is at an all-time high price, this certainly doesn’t translate to an all-time high valuation.
  • As such, many might be inadvertently passing over perfectly investable opportunities.

Everyone is keenly aware the current market situation, right? The broader indices are at all-time highs and thus prices should fall, and partnership decisions made today ought to come with a “caution: danger ahead” label.  Perhaps, but we would like to remind the reader that it is not a stock market so much as it is a market of stocks. As a fundamental example of this, we thought it might be interesting to look at the past relationship of share price and earnings for medical device maker Medtronic (MDT). […]

For A Healthier Portfolio – Look Here

The Health Care sector is comprised of many diverse companies, as can be seen from the list of subsectors provided below.  Historically the Health Care sector has been comprised of a significant number of companies with above-average growth rates of earnings.  Consequently, a majority of the companies comprising the Health Care sector could be thought Read more about For A Healthier Portfolio – Look Here[…]

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[…]

Supply Your Portfolio With Healthy Growth From Medical Suppliers

With baby boomers being one of the biggest population bubbles, medical suppliers can be a healthy addition to a portfolio.  Here are five medical supply companies that are trading below their normal historical PE ratios and inline or slightly below their estimated growth rates.  Consequently, they represent an opportunity for above-average growth and yield. Five Read more about Supply Your Portfolio With Healthy Growth From Medical Suppliers[…]