Ares Capital Corp
We shouldn’t be surprised that high-yield stocks are popular in a low interest rate environment. When the best CDs offer little more than 1% for five-year maturities, 3% yielding blue chips look exemplary.
Stocks yielding 10% or more look like the opportunity of a lifetime.
But what are you giving up by chasing high-yield stocks? Are high-yield investors accepting too much risk just to get a taste of high more »
Business development companies have been some of the best performers over the past decade. High dividends and a relatively flat market have led BDCs to consistent outperformance.
This year, though, the biggest business development companies are falling behind. Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) and smaller Apollo Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: AINV) are both in the red this year. Let's explore why this industry isn't keeping pace with the market more »
For income investors, dividends are given due weight when choosing any investment option. Now that 10-year Treasury notes provide a yield of only 2.35%, it has become more important for income investors to look for higher dividend paying companies. Here are three companies with forward annual dividend yields of more than 9% that have recently made major strategic decisions impacting their dividend-paying capacity.
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We at Valuentum continue to monitor developments at business development companies (BDCs), particularly industry bellwether Main Street (NYSE: MAIN). In February, we penned a profile of Main Street, and we added the firm to our Dividend Growth Newsletter watch-list (not portfolio) at the time. With shares of Main Street getting clobbered in the past few days, let’s take a deeper dive into the sector's opportunities and risks.
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Private equity investments are usually restricted to people who have a high net worth due to the perceived high level risk and complexity of the investments -- they can also be quite lucrative. For those of us lacking the funds and expertise to participate directly in private equity transactions, one market sector allows small investors to participate. These businesses fall into a classification called business development companies (BDCs) and they provide more »
Is Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) a Ponzi scheme or an investment opportunity being held down by a dissident shareholder? A tough question that two hedge fund managers are fighting over in a very public dispute. Who's right?
Small-cap stocks don’t get as much attention from analysts, which often leaves them less efficiently priced than their larger peers. As can be expected, hedge funds sometimes take advantage of this by dedicating their research teams to work on the small-cap space.
In fact, retail investors can use hedge funds' top small-caps as a market-beating strategy; we’ve determined that the most popular small-cap stocks among hedge funds can more »
I’ve been analyzing and writing about dividend stocks for several months now. I’m searching out the absolute best of them, in my efforts to find great growth stocks that also provide a completely reliable income stream.
I’ve read hundreds of articles and reviewed the methods utilized by dozens of other investors to choose their stocks. I’m will be presenting my own model portfolio to the Motley more »
When it comes to picking a good stock to purchase, financials may not be the first industry that comes to mind. After all, the financials are down 11 percent since the market peaked on April 29, 2011 – and that’s not even counting the losses experienced as a result of the financial crisis. If the problem wasn’t the financial company itself being over-extended, the stock price could still go more »