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  • Is The Economy Ready For Quantitative Easing To End?
    Mon, Jul. 21 14 Comments

    Summary

    • Unemployment rate and jobless claims continue to show improvement, but the overall employment situation is not healthy.
    • Total credit market debt to GDP remains near a historic level.
    • Current QE program is set to end around October; will aggregate deleveraging ensue?
  • 2 Tech Stocks A Cut Above The Rest
    Sat, May. 24 NTAP, XRX 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Many companies are growing assets and levering up amid the M&A boom.
    • Companies that are currently reducing their debt levels either have tremendous excess free cash flow, or astute managements (or both).
    • Xerox and NetApp boast dividend growth, high total yields and dirt-cheap valuations.
  • Putting Apple's Dividend Into Perspective
    Wed, Apr. 30 AAPL 22 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple has announced an expansion of its capital return program.
    • Apple’s dividend remains small relative to free cash flow.
    • Apple’s valuation remains cheap relative to other mega caps.
  • Game Of Yields: 8% With Safety
    Sun, Apr. 13 MITT, CYS, DX 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Mortgage REITs are very popular among income investors due to their high dividend yields.
    • These high yields are not without risk—mREITs manage highly-levered portfolios of relatively complicated securities.
    • The mREIT preferred shares are excellent options for investors looking for high yield, but added safety.
  • This Dividend ETF Just Got A Steroid Injection
    Fri, Mar. 28 DVY, SDY, NOBL 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Nasdaq recently announced its annual changes to the Dividends Achievers Indexes.
    • The new index additions have both higher yield and dividend growth than the current index constituents.
    • The new index additions will help to further strengthen the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF.
  • The Top 7 Reasons To Buy Treasuries: Part 2
    Fri, Mar. 28 TBT, TLT, TMV 12 Comments

    Summary

    • Four compelling reasons to own Treasuries right now, including two of the biggest risks facing the financial markets.
    • Stay away from Treasury ETFs and profit even if rates rise.
    • Deleveraging is a slow process and rates can stay low for a very long time.
    • China is on the brink of disaster, which has significant global implications.
    • Widespread financial warfare is just beginning.
  • The Top 7 Reasons To Buy Treasuries
    Wed, Mar. 26 DSL, PLW, GOVT 5 Comments

    Summary

    • Treasuries are currently attractive relative to global bonds.
    • The U.S. dollar will be fine…for the time being.
    • Treasuries have a place in our diversified portfolios (alongside dividend stocks).
  • Drilling For Yield In The Golden Triangle
    Mon, Mar. 17 SDRL, DO, ESV 43 Comments

    Summary

    • Large-cap offshore drillers are not only very profitable, but are also high yielding.
    • It’s crucial to examine the risks with offshore drillers, given the inherent uncertainty in this industry.
    • One driller stands out due to its dividend growth, low payout ratio, low leverage and positive free cash flow.
  • Dividend Secret Hiding In Cornfield
    Fri, Feb. 28 MET, KIE, IAK 1 Comment
  • Top 3 Closed-End Funds With Yields Over 8%
    Fri, Feb. 21 19 Comments
  • If Adam Smith Were Alive, He Would Be A Dividend Investor
    Sat, Feb. 15 PFE, HES, ORCL 11 Comments
  • Caution, These Stocks Will Become Corrosive
    Sat, Feb. 15 DOW, DD, MON 22 Comments
  • Warning: This Bubble Is Hiding In Plain Sight
    Sat, Feb. 8 VWO, EEM, EWZ 10 Comments
  • The Dividend ETF Arms Race Gets Serious
    Fri, Feb. 7 VIG, RDVY, SYLD 11 Comments
  • What A 118-Foot Superyacht Can Teach Us About Investing
    Tue, Jan. 28 DVY, VIG, SDY 5 Comments
  • Behold The Junk Bond Bonanza
    Fri, Jan. 24 JNK, HYG, BKLN 10 Comments
  • Dividend Class Warfare: Wal-Mart Vs. Target
    Dec. 10, 2013 WMT, TGT 19 Comments
  • Raises All Around For The Month Of November
    Dec. 10, 2013 ADP, NP 2 Comments
  • Dividend Class Warfare: Nordstrom Vs. Kohl's
    Dec. 10, 2013 JWN, KSS Comment!
  • Is This The Most Unconventional (And Profitable) Dividend Growth Strategy?
    Nov. 20, 2013 CF, RIG 4 Comments
  • 3 Dividend Stocks To Avoid Like The Plague
    Nov. 20, 2013 WIN, FTR, CTL 14 Comments
  • The 'Death Of Dividends' Camp Needs To Die
    Nov. 15, 2013 JPM 32 Comments
  • 41 Years Of Data Says This Dividend Stock Will Trounce The S&P 500
    Nov. 6, 2013 MTK, SPY, ADP 7 Comments
  • Dividend Increases For The Month Of October
    Nov. 6, 2013 AEP, HON, HII Comment!
  • A Contrarian Income Opportunity That Won't Last
    Nov. 6, 2013 PCF 5 Comments
  • An Income-Maximizing Strategy So Easy, Even A Caveman Could Use It
    Oct. 16, 2013 CLX, JNJ, OXY 15 Comments
  • 4 Overdue Dividend Hike Announcements
    Oct. 16, 2013 AFL, SYY, T 17 Comments
  • 3 Reasons To Keep Banking On Dividends
    Oct. 15, 2013 MCD, MSFT 4 Comments
  • Dividend Drug Wars: Pfizer Vs. Bristol-Myers Squibb
    Sep. 16, 2013 PFE, BMY 13 Comments
  • 3 New REITs Offering High Yields Plus Book Value Bargains
    Sep. 16, 2013 NLY, BMNM, ORC 40 Comments
  • Green Grass, Oil Rigs And Natural Gas Dividends
    Sep. 10, 2013 LOW, HD, SMG 1 Comment
  • Raises All Around: Dividend Increases For The Month Of August
    Sep. 10, 2013 MON, WY, RY 4 Comments