The problem with most investors is that they do not have a portfolio strategy at all.
They may pick up a stock here or there, because they read a great write-up about it on CNBC.com, or they heard Jim Cramer really recommended it, or their brother-in-law gave them a hot tip.
They probably have a mish-mash of individual stocks and mutual funds, some that they are now carrying at more »
The latest word I’ve been hearing in regards to the popularity of dividend companies is “bubble.” People are arguing that many dividend stocks are being bid up in a frenzy of income hunting, and that eventually the frenzy will hit a saturation point and the bubble will burst.
I argue that dividend companies, by their very nature, are incapable of sustaining bubble-like price increases. Because the dividend yield is more »
Today, I’m examining the three MLPs (Master Limited Partnerships) that were listed in a recent article on InvestorPlace.com. The author, Jeff Reeves, likes these three for what he calls their “triple threat” of high yield, good share appreciation, and stability as a company.
An MLP is great for an income portfolio because it pays out a large part of its income as distributions to its partners, i.e more »
If you’re investing for income, you probably want that income to hit your bank account as smoothly and as frequently as possible, so that you can plan your expenditures with a relative degree of confidence. A roller-coaster ride of highs and lows in your bank balance would make it more difficult to pay bills on time, unless you are extremely good at sticking to a rigid budget.
To that more »
About a year ago, I examined the pairing of Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) and PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) to determine which I thought was the better investment. Today I am revisiting them to evaluate how well my prediction worked out, and whether or not I will change my opinion at this time.
A year ago, I suggested that both companies held opportunity for investment, but Coca-Cola offered the greater potential gain. At more »
TheStreet.com recently ran an article outlining five companies that Warren Buffett holds in his portfolio that yield 3% or better. I decided to take a look at these five companies, since I love dividend companies, and to some degree I love Warren Buffett. (I like to read what he is doing, but I don’t own any of Berkshire Hathaway’s stock.)
I’ve been writing about dividend stocks more »
I’ve been writing about dividend stocks for nearly a year, and have written close to a hundred articles. I have devised my own ratings system and put together my top ten companies into what I call my Perfect Dividend Portfolio.
My ratings criteria include factors such as yield, number of years paying and raising dividends, five-year Dividend Growth Rate (DGR), five-year projected Earnings Growth Rate (EGR), total return for more »
The Motley Fool recently put out a Special Advisor Report by Dan Caplinger with the title “Three Dow Stocks that Dividend Investors Need.” His picks promise dividend growth as well as a current attractive yield, and he looks to the Dividend Aristocrats for his proof of longevity and future staying power. These companies have a record of paying and raising dividends for at least twenty-five years, which makes them incredibly more »
I’ve been analyzing and writing about dividend companies for nearly a year, looking to build what I believe is the Perfect Dividend Portfolio. I developed a complete ratings system, through which I assign scores to a company based on seven separate criteria I have chosen to represent superior dividend-paying potential, as well as possible gains in share price. I've written nearly a hundred articles, and I've examined more »
A year ago, I examined the pairing of Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) to determine which of the two stocks I thought was the better investment. Today I am revisiting them to evaluate: 1.) how well my prediction worked out and 2.) whether or not I will change my opinion at this time.
A year ago, I suggested that both companies held opportunities for investment, but more »
This is part nine of a ten-part series, which began in December, 2012. You can see Part One here, Abbott Laboratories; Part Two, PartnerRe Limited; Part Three, Enterprise Products Partners; Part Four, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Part Five, Meredith Corp; Part Six, Lockheed Martin; Part Seven, Sunoco Logistics Partners; Part Eight, Williams Companies; and Part Nine, Leggett & Platt.
I began constructing my Perfect Dividend Portfolio in December after studying more »
I saw an article on Investorplace recently listing three high-yielding stocks that had recently raised their dividends and that had also been raising their dividends for at least ten years. Since I examine dividend stocks, I noticed that two of the names are companies that I have not yet analyzed closely, and the third I rejected some time ago, so I decided to take another look.
In my examination, I more »
This is part nine of a ten-part series, which I will be publishing until the entire portfolio has been introduced. You can see Part One here, Abbott Laboratories; Part Two, PartnerRe Limited; Part Three, Enterprise Products Partners; Part Four, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Part Five, Meredith Corp; Part Six, Lockheed Martin; Part Seven, Sunoco Logistics Partners; and Part Eight, Williams Companies.
I have been analyzing dividend companies for nearly more »
In December, I started building what I call my Perfect Dividend Portfolio – one company at a time, and analyzing each company using a rating system I developed myself.
I review the stocks on seven different criteria; I feel that my selection covers the company’s past dividend-paying history, its potential future earnings growth, and the valuation of the company.
The company must be yielding at least 3.0% annually, it more »
I’ve been developing my own Perfect Dividend Portfolio over the past 4 months, and I actually am quite pleased with how it has been going.
I still have two more companies to select, however, and I have been having a difficult time finding ones that meet my admittedly overly-strict criteria. Today I am looking at three companies that are being accumulated by the so-called smart money, to see if more »
I've been feeling lately, after writing about dividend stocks for almost a year, that there is nothing new for me to discover. That I have already covered every dividend stock of interest, and there are no more good ones.
Which is a discouraging thing, because I have not yet completed my 10-stock perfect dividend portfolio. I have only chosen eight companies, and I need to select two more.
But more »
I've been examining dividend stocks for nearly a year now, selecting what I feel are the absolute best for my own dividend portfolio. I’m actually getting close to completing my portfolio (I’ve chosen eight stocks out of ten), but I’m running into a problem. There aren’t enough companies that meet my criteria.
While I ponder what to do about the last two selections for my more »
This is part eight of a ten-part series, which I will be publishing every week until the entire portfolio has been introduced. You can see Part One here, Abbott Laboratories; Part Two, PartnerRe Limited; Part Three, Enterprise Products Partners; Part Four, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Part Five, Meredith Corp; Part Six, Lockheed Martin; and Part Seven, Sunoco Logistics Partners.
I have been analyzing dividend companies for close to a more »
I’ve been analyzing and writing about dividend companies for over six months, looking to build what I believe is the best Dividend Portfolio. I developed a complete ratings system, through which I assign scores to a company based on seven separate criteria I have chosen to represent superior dividend-paying potential, as well as possible gains in share price.
So far I have selected seven companies for my Portfolio. I more »
Over the past year, I (along with many other investors) have recognized the awesome beauty of dividend stocks. Once considered the stodgy old men of the investing world, dividend-paying companies have become young and hip, and very, very attractive.
One of the most famous lists of high-quality dividend-paying companies is the S&P 500 list of Dividend Aristocrats, defined as large-cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that more »
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