While Most Dividend Growth Stocks Remain Too Expensive – Here Are 50 That Are Not! Part 1 of 5

Introduction The Great Recession of 2008 – which ended in the spring of 2009 – brought on one of the greatest and longest bull markets in modern history.  For true value-oriented dividend growth investors, the recession created a virtual cornucopia of excellent dividend growth stock investment opportunities that existed until the end of August 2013.  Read more about While Most Dividend Growth Stocks Remain Too Expensive – Here Are 50 That Are Not! Part 1 of 5[…]

The Active versus Passive Performance Debate Is Nonsensical

Introduction One of the most hotly contested debates in finance is the argument over which is better – active or passive investing.  Moreover, this debate has spurred numerous academic studies that claim to identify whether passive outperforms active investing or vice versa.  As a result, the current popular opinion suggests that passive outperforms active investing Read more about The Active versus Passive Performance Debate Is Nonsensical[…]

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

Introduction

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. […]

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[…]

Southern Company: Invest While the Yield Is Still High

Introduction

In consideration of today’s low interest rate environment, fixed income securities offer little in the way of return.  Moreover, the safety characteristics normally associated with fixed income are also potentially upside down.  Since early 1982, the interest rates available with fixed income have been in a continuous freefall.  This has presented both good and bad news for the conservative investor desirous of a high and safe income stream on their portfolios. […]

Designing a Dividend Growth Portfolio for a Specific Retirement Yield Objective: Part 1

Introduction

Managing an investment portfolio is a very personal matter.  Consequently, the most important consideration is to design a portfolio that meets your own unique goals, objectives and risk tolerances.  Everyone is different, and consequently, every investment portfolio can and should be appropriately different as well.  Stated more straightforwardly, I do not believe in cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all approaches to portfolio design. […]

Designing the Appropriate Common Stock Retirement Portfolio: Stock Selection Options Part 1

Introduction

What is the best way to design or construct a common stock portfolio?  This is a question I am often asked and my short answer is always the same – it depends.  The truth is, there is no perfect method or strategy for designing a stock portfolio that is right for every individual investor.  However, there are principles of sound investing that every investor can follow and apply when designing a common stock portfolio that’s just right for them. […]

Retired Investors Don’t Buy Bonds Until?

Introduction

The primary attractions supporting investing in bonds or other fixed income instruments have traditionally been high income and safety.  People invest their principal in bonds and receive a stated interest rate (coupon) over the life of the bond and are given the promise of having their principal returned at maturity.  Under normal times, bonds would typically pay a higher rate of interest than the dividend rate on stocks.  Consequently, bonds have acquired the reputation as low risk and high income instruments. […]

Retired With Money To Invest? Consider Playing Defense With Utilities

Introduction

It is no secret that the stock market in the general sense is trading at a higher valuation than normal.  On the other hand, I would argue that it’s far from bubble territory.  Regardless, I must admit that finding attractive valuations is getting harder with each passing day.  This is especially true for the conservative retired investor looking for safe sources of income in order to fund their golden years.  But at the same time, that does not mean that good value or sound investments cannot be found. […]