Why is the semiconductor sector looking semi-sweet? Because the Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) is almost at a perfect entry point. If it were a few dollars lower, it would be looking real sweet. Since the beginning of 2013, the overall market has been on a great run. The S&P has gained just under 30% […]
Last week I gave a couple of presentations to income focused investors at the Las Vegas Money Show. When answering questions and talking with investors, our team receives a lot of feedback concerning topics of high interest for dividend income focused investing. Business Development Companies (BDCs) were a topic that generated significant interest. Getting so […]
The stock market can be fickle and hasty at times. Stocks often see large selloffs due to earnings misses or unforeseen events. But in many cases the selloffs are due to near-term pressure that doesn’t impact the long-term growth story. Billionaire Warren Buffett famously said that “price is what you pay, value is what you […]
For investors looking to generate the highest potential dividend yield from a stock portfolio, it’s not difficult to find stock market investments with yields greater than 10%. However, a well-known market adage is that the higher the yield, the higher the risk. The worst possible outcome for an income stock investor is a dividend cut […]
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer many benefits for investors who want to invest in broad or narrow sectors of the investment markets without the need to make specific stock or other individual security investment choices. And you’ve probably at least once thought about getting the best of both worlds with dividend-focused ETFs: income + a basket […]
While gold provides a hedge against economic financial disruptions and higher inflation, any money you put into gold based investments can be viewed as dead money – i.e. producing no income — while you wait for the price of gold to soar. As a result, buying gold as a long term investment could take a […]
It’s April 16th and with your tax return now tied with a bow and sent off to the IRS, you may be asking if there is a way to reduce the tax bite on your investment earnings. Fortunately, the complications of the U.S. tax code leave a few windows of opportunity that allow you to […]
A visit to acronym city will let us walk out with a handful of investment choices that offer attractive, tax-advantaged yields couple with strong prospects for growth. To more quickly get to the money-making good stuff let’s start with a few definitions: Master limited partnership (MLP): A business structure where investors own limited partnership units […]
The common practice for U.S. dividend paying companies is the quarterly dividend payment. A small portion of the total number of dividend paying companies make monthly dividend payments. Combine the steady returns of a quality real estate investment company (REIT) and monthly checks and you have an attractive addition to your stock portfolio.
The political crisis triggered by Russia’s takeover of Crimea and fears of greater expansion plans by Putin have finally forced the Obama administration to focus on energy policy and stop dragging its feet on approvals for new natural gas liquefaction and export facilities.