3 Healthcare REITs for Above Average Yield and Growth Prospects

3 Healthcare REITs for Above Average Yield and Growth Prospects

My research into dividend paying stocks reaches into all types of companies including real estate investment trusts (REITs), master limited partnerships (MLPs), business development companies (BDCs), publicly traded partnerships (PTPs) and regular old corporations with a variety of domestic and international organizational characteristics. One point that I find to be of great interest is the […]

4 High-Yield, Small-Cap Oil and Gas Producing MLPs

4 High-Yield, Small-Cap Oil and Gas Producing MLPs

I have been running with a theme this week that for income stock investors, dropping down to the small cap end of the high-yield spectrum will generate higher yields compared to the large cap peers in the same industry sectors. There are several reasons for this phenomenon: Small-cap companies are often much younger without the […]

What’s Happening to Retail and the Consumer?

What’s Happening to Retail and the Consumer?

Consumer sentiment dropped to a nine month low on Friday as the August University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment widely missed expectations and dropped to 79.2 from last month’s 81.8. The report came on the heels of Wednesday’s July retail sales report which was also a disappointment. Although economists were expecting an increase of 0.2 percent, […]

3 Resilient Tech Stocks to Add to Your Portfolio

3 Resilient Tech Stocks to Add to Your Portfolio

Stocks in general took a bearish turn for most of August, but they’ve experienced a mini-recovery over the past two weeks. The broad-market S&P 500 remains in a downtrend, though, as do industrial stocks like the blue-chip components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Tech, by contrast, has been resilient, and tech stocks look like […]

3 Under-the-Radar, High-Yield, Small-Cap REITs

3 Under-the-Radar, High-Yield, Small-Cap REITs

My hunt and follow up research for income stocks focuses on finding higher-yielding stocks that should increase the dividends paid over time. I have no limits when it comes to size of companies or what sector or type of business structure. However, some structures, such as real estate investment trusts (REITs) have a natural advantage […]

New Economic Numbers Suggest a Big Move is Near

New Economic Numbers Suggest a Big Move is Near

Sometimes the market gets it wrong. These times are prefect buying opportunities for discipled investors. Hiring is the strongest it’s been in nearly a decade, with businesses and consumers growing more and more confident about the economy. There’s a lot of data pointing to a strong and growing economy. Last week’s jobless claims were down […]

3 ‘Old Economy’ Small Caps to Buy Today

3 ‘Old Economy’ Small Caps to Buy Today

The exuberant bull market of the past year has redefined traditional terms like “value” and “growth,” just as low interest rates have redefined “high yield.” With market caps still swollen, the old definition of “small caps” – previously defined as stocks with between $300 million and $2 billion in market capitalization – has been adjusted […]

Why Ebola and Ukraine Could Lead to Emerging Market Weakness

Why Ebola and Ukraine Could Lead to Emerging Market Weakness

Emerging markets could be under increased stress due to slowing global growth, geopolitical problems in Ukraine and the Ebola epidemic. Pay close attention to the responses given by stock market analysts when they are asked about the outlook for emerging markets. How many attempt to completely dodge the question? It is also interesting to note […]

Growing Dividends or Falling Stock Prices: Pick a Side

Growing Dividends or Falling Stock Prices: Pick a Side

The last couple of weeks have shown how a handful of negative news items can lead to very unpleasant stock market results. Especially galling were those market days that, after a down day, started the morning with a nice positive pop in stock prices and then through the day the market gradually moved from a […]