Why Yearly Dividend Increases are a Must Have in Your Portfolio

I recently wrote a not quite negative article on a high yield stock, where I discussed how a recent acquisition of a peer company would not help grow the dividend rate, so I thought the purchase would provide little if any benefits to investors in the stock. One commenter asked: “I do not understand why […]

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3 Stocks for Value in an Overbought Market

High-flying tech stocks are building the current market euphoria. The likes of Facebook (NYSE: FB) and Twitter (NASDAQ: TWTR) trade at P/S (price-to-sales) ratios of above 10. New IPOs continue to attract novice investors into the market. The likes of GoPro (NASDAQ: GPRO) is up 120% since its June IPO, and TrueCar (NASDAQ: TRUE) is […]

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5 Turnaround Stocks to Juice the Gains in Your Portfolio

I have learned and employed many successful investing strategies during my three decades of investing. Few have brought higher overall returns on average than finding and investing in stocks that have seen better times but decide and execute successful turnaround plans which deliver outsized shareholder returns. The strategy is not for everyone. Not every turnaround […]

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3 Organic Takeover Plays – and the Prices to Pay for Them

Natural and organic foods have officially moved out of “fad” territory to become a dominant trend. Last week’s acquisition of organic packaged-foods company Annie’s by traditional industry player General Mills indicates the likelihood of more health-food takeover plays by traditional packaged-foods companies in the coming months. However, with natural and organic food stocks at rich […]

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Commodities Volatility Creates Buying Opportunities for Inverse ETFs

Commodity ETFs are sinking fast, but opportunities abound, even in down markets. When we were children, we often heard warnings about the consequences of having too much of a good thing.  Few of us were ever warned that if we had too much of a good thing, there would not be a profitable market for […]

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Double Your Money AND Double Your Income in 10 Years (Or Less!)

As a full-time researcher and writer about the stock market, I find it interesting that the mainstream financial news spends so little time discussing dividends, dividend focused stocks such as REITs and MLPs. They often actually discuss dividend payments as a negative for stock investing results. This is contrary to my research that shows a […]

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3 Stocks to Buy for the Return of King Dollar

One of the interesting developments over the past few months is the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against most major currencies. The U.S. economy is delivering better growth than either Europe or Japan (though that’s not saying much) and the Federal Reserve is poised to complete its latest quantitative easing program. These trends should continue […]

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Profit From 5 of the Market’s Summer Mistakes

Summer is gone. While Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, Labor Day marks the unofficial end. Everyone knows to sell in May and go away. This is when everyone takes vacations, leaving their portfolios on autopilot. There’s little trading or action. But that doesn’t mean the summer can’t be volatile? Macau casino powerhouse, […]

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ETFs to Trade the Euro

Europe is in trouble and the Euro offers potential opportunities as turbulence on the continent continues. On September 4, the European Central Bank took another step in addressing the ongoing problem of “disinflation” as the region’s economy continued to deteriorate.  On August 29, Eurostat reported that the inflation rate for the Eurozone continued to sink […]

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Buy These 3 Stocks Set to Soar on the iPhone 6 Release

Apple is one of the most innovative companies in the history of business, but with its massive size, its growth rate has slowed. Nevertheless, the company has legions of brand loyalists who will eagerly wait in line to buy its new products, whenever they’re launched, and Apple is on the verge of making an announcement […]

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3 Auto Sector Stocks for Growth from Strong Car Sales

Quite a bit of attention has been paid to Europe so far in September as the situation in Ukraine continues to garner headlines and the European Central Bank just took the first steps to following the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing stance this week which some are already dubbing “QE Lite”. My focus is closer to […]

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This “New” $100 Billion Energy Company to Double

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) may not be as well known as other energy giants like ExxonMobil, Chevron, or ConocoPhillips, but KMI has set up a bold strategy to move itself into the $100 billion market cap club and grow rapidly from there. Investors who get in now have a very good chance of making […]

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3 Dangerous Trends Pointing to a Market Correction

A sizable correction is already underway in the market’s most important industries. These industries just so happen to be leading indicators, meaning they foreshadow what’s to come in the broader market. However, Mr. Market is woefully overlooking these signs of an upcoming market correction. But it’s not just the continued weakness in a couple key […]

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