Where is the Skepticism?

Where is the Skepticism?

Fifteen months ago, during the final months of 2018, the financial news was full of predictions of an economic recession in 2019. Now in hindsight, it is obvious all of those “experts” were wrong. Through 2019 the economy maintained a path of steady growth, and the stock markets gained almost 30%. Not at the beginning […]

Are Real Estate Investment Trusts Safe Investments?

Are Real Estate Investment Trusts Safe Investments?

In a yield-starved investment world, should investors be buying Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)? Can they bring solid, safe returns? Many investors love them, while some shy away. How volatile are they? How do you evaluate them? A subscriber recently asked a good question. He purchased a subscription from one of our trusted affiliates, The Dividend […]

Here’s What A One-Year Covered Call In Microsoft Looks Like

Here’s What A One-Year Covered Call In Microsoft Looks Like

In the era of ultra-low interest rates, yield enhancement strategies have become prolific. Actually, let’s take a step back. It used to be that you could generate a reasonable yield from fixed interest investments, like government or corporate bonds. However, with interest rates approaching zero, those types of investments just don’t provide robust yields. So […]

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These Stocks Are Expected to Raise Dividends with February Earnings Reports

The stock market is an interesting world. Stocks trade every business day. Analysts and financial writers publish numerous opinion pieces every day. For popular stocks, you can find new things to read every day. Even less popular companies are reviewed and rated several times a month. Conversely, publicly-traded corporations typically release “real news” financial information […]

Stanley Black and Decker in Talks to Acquire Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing to Boost Aerospace Revenues

Stanley Black and Decker in Talks to Acquire Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing to Boost Aerospace Revenues

In a move to boost exposure to the aerospace industry, Stanley Black and Decker (SWK) is reportedly in talks to purchase Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing, LLC (CAM), a privately held fasteners, fittings, and engineered products manufacturer.  Stanley has apparently been very aggressive in the bidding process, outbidding other private equity firms for the CAM operations. Speculation […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Silver

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in Silver

In recent days, there has been unusual options activity in iShares Silver Trust ETF (SLV). SLV is the one of the most popular ways for investors to trade silver. Precious metals have become a popular investment lately as interest rates return to ultra-low levels. Gold has seen quite the run higher, and as it gets […]