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 »
With the memory of Hurricane Sandy still fresh for many of those affected by last October’s tropical storm, insurance claims continue to roll in for those seeking reprieve for damages. While a largely negative event for insurance companies, most do not assume all of these risks and are able to pass on a significant amount to a secondary sector, known as the reinsurance industry. Reinsurers exist to help spread more »
This is part two 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, where I discussed my first addition, Abbott Laboratories.
Since I’ve become interested in dividend-paying companies, and I am constructing a model portfolio of my own that I am presenting to the Motley Fool community, I plan on digging deeper into individual more »
Dividends can be very attractive in a low rate environment, such as the one we currently find ourselves in; the Fed has vowed to keep target rates low through mid-2015. Worth noting is that dividend stocks are not without risks, however we look to limit risk by ensuring the companies can afford to pay dividends throughout an extended economic contraction.
Most of the money insurance companies make does not come more »
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, known as "The Great One," once attributed his success to, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been."
That is obviously very sound advice for investing, too. Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), and David Einhorn, head of Greenlight Capital (NASDAQ: GLRE), are two of the best investors in history; and have long been involved in the more »