The 6 Most Expensive Stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average: Part 1 of 5

Introduction When the Dow Jones Industrial Average first hit 20,000 in January of this year it generated quite a buzz within the financial community.  Since January the Dow Jones Index has continued to rise and currently is over 22,700.  However, the Dow Jones is not the only market index that is currently sitting at or Read more about The 6 Most Expensive Stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average: Part 1 of 5[…]

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[…]

Dynamite Comes in Small Packages: 10 Small Caps for Explosive Returns

Introduction Investing in small-cap stocks is not for everyone.  My definition of small-cap is a company whose market is $5 billion or less.  However, for those brave souls that are willing to assume a little more risk, they can, under the right conditions, be a very profitable choice.  Nevertheless, and in the general sense, small Read more about Dynamite Comes in Small Packages: 10 Small Caps for Explosive Returns[…]

Dividends Don’t Drive Total Return They Contribute To It: Part 1

Dividends Don’t Drive Total Return They Contribute To It: Part 1 Introduction I believe there is a critical piece of investment wisdom that all investors in common stocks should possess.  Every common stock investor should have a clear understanding of where and how long-term common stock returns are generated or come from.  When an investor Read more about Dividends Don’t Drive Total Return They Contribute To It: Part 1[…]

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

Introduction

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. […]

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How Can You Avoid Value Traps In this Market?

Introduction

When the stock market turns bad, like it has been recently, investors find it extremely difficult to remain positive.  As a result, people tend to be more cynical during bad times than they would normally be during better times.  When this happens, it becomes all too easy to paint every stock in the stock market with the same negative brush.  Since most stocks will, temporarily at least, experience falling prices during a bad market, the distinction between good stocks and bad stocks can become blurred. […]

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The Best Way to Judge Past Performance: Part Two

Introduction

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. […]

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The Shocking Truth About Share Buybacks

Introduction

The value and benefits, or lack thereof, of share buybacks to the future fortunes of a company and their shareholders is one of the most hotly debated subjects on popular financial blogs such as Seeking Alpha.  Unfortunately, at least based on my own personal experience, most of the arguments are predicated on opinions and beliefs in lieu of the facts.

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

Summary

  • 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.

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25 Dividend Champion Investment Opportunities: Something For Every Retired Investor, Part 1

Summary

  • The stock market as measured by the S&P 500 continues to hover near an all-time high.
  • It is getting harder to find reasonably valued dividend growth stocks to invest in today.
  • There are still high-quality attractive blue-chip dividend growth stocks available for current investment.
  • 25 Dividend Champion research candidates at or near fair value currently.

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