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Sell These Three Healthcare Stocks Now

Sell These Three Healthcare Stocks Now

When the market was first rocked by the coronavirus, the healthcare sector held up fairly well. Of course, I mean that in a relative sense; healthcare stocks still fell, like the rest of the market. But as a whole, the sector fell less. Talking about positive relative strength in a terrible market often sounds bizarre—“Sure, […]

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4 High-Yield Dividend Traps to Sell Now

I review a lot of high-yield investments. You likely are aware that an investment gets priced for a higher-than-typical yield because of the potential or possibility of a dividend rate reduction. The interesting part about a company’s decision to change its dividend is that it is a binary event. Either the dividend is cut, or […]

How To Tell Which Stocks Will Keep Dividends, Which Will Cut Dividends, and Which Might Go Out of Business

How To Tell Which Stocks Will Keep Dividends, Which Will Cut Dividends, and Which Might Go Out of Business

2019 was a record year for dividend payments from publicly-traded U.S. corporations. In 2019, U.S. companies paid $491 billion in dividends. At the start of this year, the expectation was that payouts would top $500 billion for the year, but the federal and state government shutdowns of much of the economy has changed those expectations. […]

Dump These Bond Funds Everyone Else Thinks Are Safe

Dump These Bond Funds Everyone Else Thinks Are Safe

The recent, short-term, stock market crash has led to a “flight to quality,” which means money running out of stocks and into safe investments such as U.S. Treasury notes. Demand for Treasuries lifts bond prices, which has the mathematical effect of pushing down yields. Over the last two weeks, the yield on the benchmark 10-year […]

Coronavirus Rocks Wall Street

Coronavirus Rocks Wall Street

The Market’s Long Nap Comes to an End While This Company Raises Dividends For a 37th Straight Time The stock market got rocked this week as fears of Coronavirus finally spooked traders. On Monday, the S&P 500 had its worst day in more than two years, and the heavy selling continued into Tuesday. What’s interesting […]