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[…]

Not All Dividends Are the Same, Even When They Are

Introduction The better informed the investor is, the better the investment decisions they can make. But being an informed investor can be a very arduous task, and some would even say that conducting research on common stocks is a real snoozer. Poring over mounds of financial data and trying to piece this information into meaningful Read more about Not All Dividends Are the Same, Even When They Are[…]

Larry Ellison: Oracle’s Profit Oracle

There are many adjectives that can be used to describe Larry Ellison, the charismatic leader and founder of Oracle Corp (ORCL). Detractors could call him brash, arrogant, rude and perhaps flamboyant. Fans would describe him as candid, forthright and straight to the point, brave and not afraid to speak his mind or tell it like Read more about Larry Ellison: Oracle’s Profit Oracle[…]

Fishing for The Six Best U.S. Dividend Stocks

There is a running argument regarding whether or not dividend paying stocks are interchangeable for bonds. The pro-bond side argues in favor of the stability of bond prices and the predictability of bond interest. The pro-dividend paying stocks side argues in favor of the potential for increasing dividend income coupled with possible capital appreciation. In Read more about Fishing for The Six Best U.S. Dividend Stocks[…]

Costco vs. Wal-Mart: Who Wins the Stock Price Wars?

Headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, Costco (COST) reported fiscal year fourth quarter earnings Wednesday that beat street estimates only to see its shares slide. Although earnings were two cents better than estimated, revenues came in a little short. So far, the media is attributing Wednesday’s stock slide to the revenue miss and slightly slower September sales Read more about Costco vs. Wal-Mart: Who Wins the Stock Price Wars?[…]

Ten Prominent Defense Stocks That Pay Dividends, Part II

Introduction In Part I of this two-part series we pointed out how proposed spending cuts by Defense Secretary Robert Gates are designed to hold the growth of the $680 billion defense department budget to only 1% or 2% for the next few years. We further pointed out that these pending spending cuts were casting a Read more about Ten Prominent Defense Stocks That Pay Dividends, Part II[…]

Ten Prominent Defense Stocks That Pay Dividends, Part I

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of the defense industry under the Obama Administration and Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Proposed efficiency initiatives call for a realignment of defense spending indicating only modest growth in the defense budget of 1% to 2% over the next few years. “Learning to do more without more” Read more about Ten Prominent Defense Stocks That Pay Dividends, Part I[…]

VF Corporation: Attractive Valuation With a Growing Dividend

Introduction and History VF Corporation (VFC) is the world’s largest apparel company with solid brands that are sold in more than 150 countries throughout the world. The company traces its roots back to 1899 when eight men formed the Reading Glove and Mitten manufacturing company in Reading, Pennsylvania. In 1911 one of the eight men, Read more about VF Corporation: Attractive Valuation With a Growing Dividend[…]

McGraw-Hill: A Large-Cap Recovery Story With a Dividend That Pays You to Wait?

Over a Century of Service The McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP) traces its roots back to the 1800s. James H. McGraw founded the McGraw Publishing Company in 1899 and John Hill formed the Hill Publishing Company in 1902. In 1909 the two cofounders of today’s McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP) formed McGraw-Hill. Over the many decades that followed, the Read more about McGraw-Hill: A Large-Cap Recovery Story With a Dividend That Pays You to Wait?[…]