In after hours trading on April 18th, a few hours after the release of my previous article (2 Biotech Companies With Multi-bagger Potential) focusing on Exelixis (NASDAQ: EXEL), Vertex Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ: VRTX), and Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG), Vertex's share price increased over 60%, due to positive data on its approved cystic fibrosis drug Kalydeco combined with VX-661, its high-potential cystic fibrosis drug candidate. This combination provides an improved lung function more »
Natural gas vehicles, or NGVs, have been in use since the 1930's, but at the time never gained much traction due to the popularity of gasoline powered vehicles. However, NGVs are starting to make a serious comeback due to a major shift in energy prices in addition to modern engineering advancements in NGV technology.
Are natural gas vehicles ready to take off?
Significant progress has been made with niche more »
This is part 3 (click here to view part 2 ) of a series of articles focusing on companies within the dividend achievers index. This index consists of companies with a streak of at least 10 consecutive years of dividend increases. Most of the constituents of this index are well managed and have sustainable business models, resulting in consistent earnings growth, which is a must in order to pay a significant more »
Blue chips are well-established, financially sound companies with products that almost everyone loves. Investing in blue chip companies and reinvesting the dividends is a strategy that can provide reliable, market beating returns over the long term.
A blue chip myth
A myth regarding blue chip companies is that their days of growth are over and that an investor can only achieve minimal returns by investing in them.
While this may more »
Electricity is wonderful, very convenient, and critical in some cases. The human population expects to have power available constantly, and any disruption is simply not acceptable. Unfortunately, there is an ever-increasing threat of power outages due to the aging electric infrastructure, severe weather, and natural disasters.
On-site power generation
In order to ensure that power is available around the clock, consumers are more than willing to purchase on-site power generation more »
The PowerShares International Dividend Achievers Fund (NYSEMKT: PID) is an ETF that consists of approximately 60 diverse, dividend-paying, international companies. Investing in PID is an excellent opportunity for an investor that is underweight international stocks to gain exposure to international markets while collecting a significant and growing dividend.
In order for a company to be included in the index, it must have a minimum of five consecutive years of annual more »
This is part 2 (click here to view part 1) of a series of articles on companies within the dividend achievers index that I consider to be the "best of the best." This index contains approximately 200 companies that include some of the best dividend-paying opportunities in the U.S.
In order for a company to be included in this index, it must increase its annual dividend for a minimum more »
I am an advocate of investing in companies with a long-term proven ability to regularly increase their annual dividend.
I regularly browse through a current list of components within the dividend achiever index (companies with 10 or more years of consecutive dividend increases) for new investment ideas to consider. That being said, do I neglect to consider adding companies to my watch list that have not achieved the dividend achiever more »
By Greg Williamson - June 12, 2013
Note: The original version of this post listed the wrong artist for the song mentioned below. It has been corrected.
Loverboy's hit song "Everybody's Working for the Weekend" was right on the money. I believe that recreation, in addition to food and shelter, is one of the reasons that a majority of the U.S. population (including myself) spends approximately one-third of their lives working. Even with the more »
Investing in companies that pay reliable dividends can add a level of stability and predictability to a portfolio. It's a known fact that dividend-paying companies tend to hold up better than non-dividend payers during bear markets. In addition, investing in companies with a combination of exceptional earnings and dividend growth can provide very attractive, market-beating returns over the long term.
In order for a company to pay more »
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is at an all-time high near 15,000. In 2009, when it fell below 7,000, most investors (including myself) could not have fathomed that it would get to this level so quickly. This is a reminder that the stock market is the best investment vehicle over the long haul for growing your nest egg. It is exciting to watch the Dow achieve the 15 more »
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are very popular investment opportunities that trade as stocks and hold a group of assets such as stocks, bonds, and commodities. ETFs are designed to track the performance of a particular index, sector, investment strategy, or global location, and are available in more styles and options than you can shake a stick at.
ETFs are a very effective way to add diversity to a portfolio by more »
The term robotics may sound sexy, but robots can actually be very dull because they are designed to repeat similar functions over and over again. Fortunately, these dull, repetitive functions can lead to very attractive returns for investors.
Robots can be very productive, essential, convenient, and can perform tasks that are dangerous for people to perform. They are utilized for an ever-increasing number of industrial, healthcare, energy, residential, and military more »
I am sure that most of you have heard the popular saying "this is the best thing since sliced bread", which is used often in sales when describing an innovative product. Well, in my opinion, smartphones are better than sliced bread!
A decade ago, it was inconceivable that a phone could be utilized for functions such as internet browsing, e-mail, verbal capabilities (Siri), and photos. As impressive as these functions more »
As a recreational poker player, I find it exciting to occasionally throw all of my chips on the table and go "all-in." Sometimes this can pay off, especially during the rare occasion of having pocket aces.
However, this is a concept that I do not recommend with investing, regardless of how much you believe in a company. A disciplined, long-term approach is vital in developing a diverse, well-managed portfolio that more »
Diabetes currently affects an estimated 350 million people worldwide. This number is projected to grow to well over 500 million people by 2030.
Diabetes is a very serious disease that results from high levels of glucose caused by the body not being able to effectively produce insulin (type 1 diabetes) or use insulin (type 2 diabetes). Diabetes is a leading cause of a wide variety of complications including kidney failure more »
Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) is one of the most popular dividend stocks in the world with an impressive payout history that includes 122 years of uninterrupted dividends and 57 years of consecutive annual dividend increases.
Its current dividend yield is 3% and with a payout ratio of 54%, P&G has the capability of significantly boosting its dividend. P&G has averaged an annual dividend increase of 10.8% per more »
Some investors consider speculation to be a dirty word, but it can be an important component of a diversified portfolio. Although speculative stocks have an increased level of risk, they also have enormous reward potential. The following four keys will allow you to improve your chances of hitting a home run with speculative stocks, while ensuring that your portfolio is protected:
1.) Limit your speculative holdings to between 10% to more »
By Greg Williamson - April 15, 2013
Some investors consider speculation to be a dirty word, but it can be an important component of a diversified portfolio. Although speculative stocks have an increased level of risk, they also have enormous reward potential. The following four keys will allow you to improve your chances of hitting a home run with speculative stocks while ensuring that your portfolio is protected:
1.) Limit your speculative holdings to between 10 to more »
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is not the largest company based on revenue or market cap, but it is widely recognized as being the most successful and innovative company in the world.
Under the leadership of Steve Jobs, Apple began an amazing period of innovation that started when the company completely revolutionized the music industry with the iPod and iTunes. This success was followed by Apple's creation of the iPhone and more »
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