The Threat and Risk of Rising Interest Rates: Separating Fact from Fiction

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 Read more about The Threat and Risk of Rising Interest Rates: Separating Fact from Fiction[…]

What Will Happen To the Stock Market When Interest Rates Rise? Part 1

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 has promptly fallen ever since to its current level of 1.59 percent.

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The Dividend Aristocrats, Where Have All The Bargains Gone?

By now, it should be no secret to anyone that the stock market has been on a nice run of late. Moreover, this Bull Run has conjured up a lot of discussions that might lead one to believe that stocks in general are overvalued.  There are even some that want to play the bubble card Read more about The Dividend Aristocrats, Where Have All The Bargains Gone?[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]