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[…]

Premier Dividend Growth Stocks: Is There Any Value? A Sector By Sector Summary Review: Part 1

Introduction

As a value investor, I must admit to being very frustrated with the valuations I’m seeing on high-quality blue-chip dividend growth stocks.  I have been vigorously searching for fairly valued dividend growth stocks to invest in.  I have thoroughly screened and evaluated every company in the S&P Dividend Aristocrats, all three of the CCC (Champions, Contenders and Challengers) lists produced by David Fish, every dividend paying stock on the S&P 500, Fortune 500, NASDAQ 100, S&P 100 Large-cap, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and even the S&P 400 mid-cap universe.

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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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11 Dividend Aristocrats That Have Come Into Fair Value

Introduction Recent weakness in the stock market is creating value for those with the foresight and courage to invest when opportunities present themselves.  This is important, because subsequent to the Great Recession many of the premier dividend growth stocks such as those on the Standard & Poor’s Dividend Aristocrats list have become overvalued. Many attribute Read more about 11 Dividend Aristocrats That Have Come Into Fair Value[…]

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. […]

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Stocks for 2014: Fairly Valued Dividend Growth Stocks with an Emphasis on Dividends – Part 4

Introduction

I am a firm believer that common stock portfolios should be custom-designed to meet each unique individual’s goals, objectives and risk tolerances.  With that said, I believe it logically follows that in order to create a successful portfolio, the individual investor must first conduct some serious introspection to be sure that they truly “know thyself.”  Therefore, I believe the first, and perhaps most critical step, towards designing a successful equity portfolio is to ask your-self, and honestly answer several important questions.

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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[…]

Maybe Diversification Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

There’s an old cliché about real estate investing that states that the three cardinal rules are: location- location- location.  Clever pundits have borrowed upon this refrain and glibly state that the three most important or cardinal rules of investing are: diversify- diversify- diversify. However, careful analysis will reveal that diversification is a multifaceted concept that Read more about Maybe Diversification Is Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be[…]