Happy 8th Birthday Bull Market! Has the S&P 500 Become Dangerously Overvalued?

Introduction According to an article in Quartz today, March 9, 2017, marks the 8th birthday of the US bull market which started on March 9, 2009.  According to the article, this is the 2nd longest and 4th strongest bull market in history for the S&P 500.  However, before we celebrate too excessively, we should pause[…]

j2 Global: Don’t Overlook This Impressive Growth and Dividend Income Stock

Investment Thesis j2 Global (JCOM) was founded in 1995 and went public in 1999.  During their first few years as a public company, j2 Global generated operating losses; however, since 2002 the company has strung together an impressive record of rapid growth.  They initiated their first dividend in 2011, and on February 9, 2017 they[…]

5 Fairly Valued MLPs: Is the Dilution Worth the Yield and How Do You Value Them?

Introduction The 5 MLPs covered in this article offer yields ranging from 5.7% to 10.7%.  Additionally, each of these MLPs appears reasonably valued given their high yields and prospects for growth.  However, two of these MLPs are currently in the process of merging. MLPs Simple and Complex at the Same Time I believe that MLPs[…]

Pfizer Inc. Invest For Attractive Valuation and The 4% Dividend Yield

Investment Thesis Pfizer Inc (PFE) is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms with sales exceeding $50 billion.  The company is currently attractively valued at a blended P/E ratio of 13.3, offering a current dividend yield of 4%.  Pfizer is awarded an S&P credit rating of AA and possesses a modest debt to capital ratio[…]

12 Dividend Growth Stocks That Meet My “Magic Formula for Dividend Growth Investors”

Investing Thesis When investing for dividend growth there are several key attributes that I consider crucial for long-term success.  My definition of long-term success is first and foremost to generate a steadily-rising dividend income stream, and secondarily, the opportunity to generate a reasonable level of capital appreciation.  With this article I will present 12 dividend[…]

Broadcom, Limited: Exceptional Growth at a Reasonable Price-With A Dividend Kicker

Investment Thesis Broadcom Limited (AVGO) has historically been, and is expected to continue to be a growth stock.  On the other hand, the company is also an attractive dividend growth stock as well.  The combination of high growth and above-average dividend yield is rare.  This becomes especially intriguing when you consider that their cash flow[…]

Is The Increase In Volatility Signaling A Dangerous Market Environment?


Over the last several weeks stock price volatility has increased significantly above norms.  All of a sudden it is not uncommon to see stock prices moving 5%, 10% or more in a single trading day.  Interestingly, this volatility is occurring both to the upside and the downside.  Common sense would suggest that the intrinsic value of a business cannot change by those orders of magnitude from one day to the next.  Logic dictates that the market is either inaccurately pricing the stocks now or it was incorrectly pricing them yesterday. […]

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Which Is the Better Valuation Metric? The P/E Ratio or the PEG Ratio: Part 1


Recently, I have been engaged in rather intense discussions regarding the validity of P/E ratios versus PEG ratios as proper or appropriate valuation metrics.  I generally find these types of debates befuddling for a couple of reasons.  One, they are often a result of a failure to communicate.  Either party or sometimes both parties assume that their adversary holds or supports a specific position which may or may not be a fact. […]

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Why I Am Now Interested In CVS Health Corporation


Investing in great companies sits at the core of my investment philosophy.  In this regard, I reject the idea that I invest in the stock market.  To me, the stock market is simply the store I shop in to purchase interests in fine businesses.  In the final analysis, my investment objective is to become a long-term shareholder/partner in a business that I believe can make me money over time. […]

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What Rate of Return Will an Investment in Johnson & Johnson Deliver? Part 2


I never invest in a common stock without a clear expectation of the future returns that it can generate for me.  Consequently, I consider this one of the most important steps in my research and due diligence process.  Unfortunately, my experience in dealing with investors has led me to conclude that this important step is rarely taken.  Most investors possess only a vague idea of what they might earn from investing in a given stock.  Many people simply buy a stock hoping that it will go up, and if it pays a dividend, hopeful that the dividend will increase over time. […]

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