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The Best Dividend ETF 2016 to Buy & Hold

by Brett on November 18, 2015

Many dividend ETFs are down on the year, and trailing the S&P 500 as well. But dividend-focused strategies tend to outperform the market over the long haul. Which means, in theory, it’s a good time for “set it and forget it” income investors to start new dividend ETF positions or add to new ones.
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Beware These Dividend Aristocrats in 2016

by Brett on October 27, 2015

Many investors think tech stocks are simply too risky to put in their income portfolios. They’re missing out, because these days, tech companies are throwing off more dividend cash than any sector this side of financials.
According to second-quarter numbers from FactSet, the tech sector paid out a combined $59.6 billion in the 12 months ending [...]


These 3% Dividend Stocks Are Poisonous To Your Portfolio

October 21, 2015

It happened again. Income-seeking investors piled into a 3% payer under the guise of dividend growth and safety… and they lost 10% in a single day.
Wal-Mart (WMT) lured them in and lowered their net worth this time. Before the drop, the company’s yield was at an all-time high of 3.1% thanks to 42 years of [...]

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3 Auto Stocks With Dividends Worth Watching

October 19, 2015

China’s slowdown and a raft of scandals—Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions clunker being the latest—have kept nervous investors away from auto stocks this year.
Their first-level knee-jerk reactions are costing them income. Right now, General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor Company (F) offer yields around 4%. And both companies should have no trouble paying their shareholders for years to come, thanks [...]

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Wynn Resorts (WYNN) Dividend Cut Coming in 2016

October 14, 2015

Many income investors are so desperate for dividends today that they’re piling into practically any large stated yield they find. On the surface this may seem like a sound approach. After all, if the market pulls back again, dividends should support the stock prices of those that pay.
If the dividend is still there, that is. [...]

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Easy Double-Digit Returns From No Sales Growth?

October 7, 2015

Most investors think stock prices always follow earnings. So they obsess over profits – and the sales growth needed to drive them higher.
They’re partly right – but they’re more wrong than right. Their first-level thinking is missing a couple of small but critical nuances.
First, stock prices are quoted per share. When you buy a stock, you’re [...]

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Put Alcoa’s Spinoff on Your Watch List

October 5, 2015

Aluminum maker Alcoa (AA), down 41% year-to-date, is starting to attract attention from contrary-minded investors. They’re misguided – it’s foolish to buy a stock just because it’s gotten crushed. But they’re actually on the right track (albeit for the wrong reason), because Alcoa’s ugly duckling business is likely to deliver beautiful swan stock returns.
The corporate spinoff [...]

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Why Preferred Shares Will Be Fine if Rates Rise

October 1, 2015

Many investors are concerned that high yielding preferred shares will not perform well in a rising rate environment. I’ve heard from several readers who share these sentiments. Since April 1, ETFs like the PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (PGX) and the iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund (PFF) are down 2% and 3.7% respectively.
These fears are [...]

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3 REITs to Weather Any Fed Action

September 23, 2015

Last Thursday, Janet Yellen told investors the same thing she always says. They, in turn, took the news as they usually do. They panicked and sold everything.
The S&P 500 finished Friday down 1.6%. The Dow dropped 1.8%. And the Nasdaq fell 1.4% – but Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) held up well. As a sector, [...]

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3 Dividend Stocks Ready to Boost Payouts Twice in 2016

September 17, 2015

With the S&P 500 yielding a measly 2.1%, where’s an income investor supposed to look these days?
I’ll tell you where. A place where the dividends flow like maple syrup, and the companies raise their payouts not once but twice a year. I’m talking about a little place called Canada.
Investors loved the Looney and everything else [...]

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