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Boring stocks can bring exciting returns, Mark Hulbert discovers, as his research reveals stocks...

Boring stocks can bring exciting returns, Mark Hulbert discovers, as his research reveals stocks exhibiting the least historical volatility on average comfortably outperform the most "exciting" (i.e., volatile) issues. One believer in the boring-is-beautiful school, Guggenheim Partners' Nardin Baker, likes these stocks: SO. D, KMB, CL, COST. Too volatile are AAPL, GS, C, MS, HPQ. MET.
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  • whaddyamean?
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    One is left to hope that boring research also will bring exciting returns.
    8 Jun 2013, 10:46 AM Reply Like
  • William Rilling
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    I it all depends on your investment objectives and level of energy. We are almost in the position that we are interested in not taking too much risk with the majority of our portfolio. On the other hand there are certain sectors that may produce at least some growth.

     

    I've taken plenty of risk in the markets and being self employed most of my life, but I'm certainly not implying the whaddyamean is in any way wrong, but it's a fast changing global economy so, if you have the time and right tools it's hard to do too much research boring or not.

     

    Good luck but in today's environment everyone needs to keep a close eye on all their assets IMHO!
    8 Jun 2013, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • Tortoise #1
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    Tortoise #1 has been a long-term, dividend-growth investor since the 1960s. Kimberly-Clark is one of our favorite investments. Some may consider this stock as "boring". I find its performance to be exciting and very rewarding. KMB has increased their dividend for 41 consecutive years and paid a dividend for 79 consecutive years. At 86 years of age, I find that exciting!

     

    In 2000, the KMB dividend was $1.08/share. In 2013, it is $3.24.
    And, my long experience tells me that as dividends rise there is A correlation with the rising price of the underlying stock! This surely has happened with KMB stock!
    8 Jun 2013, 11:14 PM Reply Like
  • Irene87
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    I havent got the faintest..therefore i m currently reading with great enjoyment
    A mathematician plays the Market, john allen paulos which is illuminating confusing and very easily readable despite dealing with probalities and maths
    9 Jun 2013, 08:54 AM Reply Like
  • frankiethepunk
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    Southern Comany is a dog
    Dominion Resources is a dog with fleas
    Kimberly Clark is OK but way over priced
    Colgate Palmolive is worth watching but Over priced
    Costco runs on fumes but seems well managed, on the other hand its waaaay overpriced.

     

    Thank god you're not managing my money!
    9 Jun 2013, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • William Rilling
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    frankiethe punk: Most of what you said is true. One exception is SO. I have owned it for a long time and although it hasn't met many of my expectations it has been pretty steady and I peeled several thousands of profits, I feel with it's better than average dividend I think is a good relatively safe part of portfolio. Maybe we have different investment objectives. I am 73, wife of 62, two successful children and as result I'm not often looking for quick buck as I'm confident with our realized base portfolio along with other significant investments.

     

    However I'm interest in why you call SO a dog. If you can support your statement, my ears are open.

     

    Thanks, I like your direct approach.
    10 Jun 2013, 07:35 AM Reply Like
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