I’m a Swedish amateur investor started going into stocks in the finance crises spring 2009. At that time I could pick up Swedish quality stocks with 50 – 60 and even 80 rebates compared with the average value of years 2003 – 2008. Stocks such as Trelleborg AB (TREL B), Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB A), Sandvik AB (SAND), Skanska AB (SKA B), Haldex AB (HLDX) and Getinge AB (GETI B) among others. Companies which’s stocks now is has increased its value up to 150% (index 250). Now I have become more and more interested in putting my money in high quality American companies making money – and paying dividends – in both good and bad times. Most of my Swedish stocks are still in my portfolio and the added American stocks are ABT, CTL, GOOG, JNJ, WAG and YUM. GOOG and YUM are bought for their – hopefully – bright future and the rest for their solid – and ever growing – dividend payout. CTL is of cause a somewhat controversial stock among investors (very high yield that could indicate future risk) and is monitored closely. (Which did not help in any way when recently - Feb 2013 - CTL took a deep dive caused by their decision to cut their dividend dramatically) Three stock not yet bought – but in my eyes very promising – is UTX, MMM and CB.