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The author has a background in Chemical Engineering and an MBA specializing in Finance and Biotech Management. He is primarily focused on alternative investment strategies that aren't widely covered in the mainstream press such as hedging strategies, non-market correlated instruments, high-yield... More
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  • Dividend News – Tech Dividends, Payout Ratios and Beyond Utilities

    I came across a USAToday article that had some interesting tidbits on dividend stocks which we’ve all come to know and love.  Here are a few notes I found worth passing on:

    • Over the past 20 years, the S&P500 has gained 202%.  Add in dividends paid though and the return is actually 350%.  That’s saying something about dividend returns as function of total return!
    • Utilities stocks, usually prized for their high yields… tend to trade at a discount
    Contine Reading... Dividend News
    Jan 13 4:56 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Dogs of the Dow Returned 17% in 2011 - Here are the 2012 Dogs
    I had written in prior years how the Dogs of the Dow methodology hasn't really worked out, but in 2011, boy did it!  They returned 17% compared to 4.6% for the DJIA at large (dividend yield included of course).  So, here's the list of the 2012 dogs of the Dow being the top 10 dividend yielders in the index.
    Jan 10 10:08 AM | Link | Comment!
  • US Debt Now Equivalent to Entire US Economy – Investing in This New Era
    I couldn't help but highlight that it's official as of this week - the US debt to GDP ratio has surpassed 100% putting us in fine company with the likes of Greece, Italy, Ireland and a few others.  Full article and some thoughts on inflationary investments (besides gold!) posted last night - HERE.
    Jan 10 10:05 AM | Link | Comment!
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