Category: DividendsThe analysis published under this category are as follows.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
John Paul Whitefoot writes: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has confirmed what most already knew. The recovery in the U.S. jobs market is far from complete. Yellen noted that the unemployment rate has improved since the Federal Reserve initiated its last round of quantitative easing in late 2012, falling from 8.1% to 6.6%. Curiously, in 2013, the U.S. economy grew just two percent.Read full article... Read full article...
Friday, November 29, 2013
Marc Lichtenfeld writes: As every investor knows, dividend stocks have been hot for years. Since the market bottomed in March 2009, the Dow Jones Select Dividend Index is up 226%, versus 171% for the S&P 500.
And lately, the idea of a market bubble has been gaining momentum. Alex demolished the notion of a broad-market bubble on Friday.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Mitchell Clark, B.Comm writes: The stock market typically reacts quite positively when a company beats Wall Street consensus. But in a considerable number of cases, a company’s share price after-earnings bounce isn’t really warranted, considering the run-up in anticipation.
Many stocks go up in value after beating expectations, but many numbers this quarter actually reveal a contraction in business conditions.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Robert Hsu writes: If I offered you an investment that pays 3.5% a year, and one that pays 12% a year, which one would you choose?
All else being equal, we'd be fools not to take the 12% offer.
Of course, "all else" is rarely equal... especially in a rising interest-rate environment. "Growth," as you'll recall, is the new "income."Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, September 23, 2013
Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: Many people are surprised to learn that dividend income and reinvestment can account for nearly 90% of total stock market returns over time.
That's right. Not a quarter... Not half... But 90%.Read full article... Read full article...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Martin Hutchinson writes: Dividend stocks have been bid up in 2013, and many investors believe the yawn-inducing dividends of 3-4% generally available now aren't worth the risks involved in an overheated income sector.
Many stocks paying higher dividends, in the tantalizing 8-10% range, are paying them out of capital, which is hardly a good thing. A number of companies are paying a fixed dividend where it's mathematically impossible for investors to get their money back just because so many unwary investors are craving big, easy income.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, May 27, 2013
Steve McDonald writes: Barron’s ran an article last week about three of the grandfathers of the tech industry: Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT). Investors are making big bets that these old timers will evolve into effective data and services companies.Read full article... Read full article...
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Jason Jenkins writes: Sometimes we can’t avoid running across some of the best investment opportunities. They’re often right in front of our eyes.
Case in point: As I watched ESPN’s SportsCenter for the third time this morning, I saw another trailer for Iron Man 3.
While checking for showtimes, it hit me. This is all Disney… or the Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Martin Hutchinson writes: When I'm investing, I like to have a good idea of the economic value produced by the companies I invest in.
Not because I'm a great fan of "social investing" -- I'll happily buy tobacco company shares if the yield's good enough and the consumption trend is solid -- but because there are a lot of dangerous stocks out there that are simply tricks of the market.Read full article... Read full article...
Monday, May 06, 2013
John Whitefoot writes: Thanks to artificially low interest rates, the Federal Reserve has taken the “income” out of “fixed income,” and made saving for retirement that much harder for the average American.
Back in the 1980s, the interest rate on a 10-year Treasury was above 15%. Investors planning for retirement could rely on their fixed incomes providing them with solid, reliable profits; they knew what their annual returns would be, and could budget and spend accordingly.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Diane Alter writes: It's only April, but it appears dividend payouts this year will soar past 2012's tally - meaning all investors need to know how to find the best dividend stocks or risk missing out on record-high yield.
Barron's reports that in Q1, 944 of approximately 10,000 U.S. companies boosted payouts, either by increases, extras or resumption. That was up a hefty 39.4% from 677 companies a year ago.Read full article... Read full article...
Thursday, April 11, 2013
There is a growing trend towards doing-it-yourself (DIY) portfolio management. Many individual investors have become disillusioned with professional investment management at various levels, to include mutual funds as well as custom-designed professionally-managed portfolios. Consequently, they have become motivated to take their financial futures into their own hands and manage their own portfolios.Read full article... Read full article...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Steve Sjuggerud writes: Every long-term investor knows dividends matter.
Since 1900, the average annual gain on the S&P 500 has been 5%. But by simply reinvesting your dividends, you nearly double that number to 9.4%.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Michael A. Robinson writes: I was a hard-working journalist in the early 1990s - and the whole Human Genome effort was transforming biotechnology into front-page news - when the Oakland Tribune offered me a job as a financial writer.
When the editor explained that biotechnology would be one of my "beats" ... well, I jumped at the chance.Read full article... Read full article...
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Ben Gersten writes: It's been a great year for anyone interested in dividend stocks - and it looks like it'll get even better.
Corporations in the S&P 500 are expected to pay at least $300 billion in dividends in 2013, up from last year's $282 billion, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.Read full article... Read full article...