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March 2018 Stock Considerations

Mar. 05, 2018 4:03 AM ETSO, D, VTR, LTC, GIS, HRL, WELL8 Comments
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A few days into the month of March, it is time, once again, to outline my potential stock picks for the month. After many, many months of a market that was on a never-ending melt-up run, we have been suddenly reacquainted with the notion of volatility. By any measure, the stock market has been an exciting place to be in February as we witnessed wild moves in many of the averages as well as individual stocks. Of course, volatility isn't something that should be feared. It's a normal part of being invested in the stock market and if nothing else, it provides us opportunities to jump aboard certain stocks at much better prices, values and yields… a dream for long-term dividend growth investors. With that being said, let's take a look at the stocks that I'm considering for the month of March.

First up, I'm looking at the utility sector and possibly adding to The Southern Company (SO). It's no surprise that the utilities have been hammered as of late because of rising interest rate fears. Another name in the space I'm looking at is Dominion Energy, Inc. (D). Both are sporting juicy yields and are trading near their 52-week low, which simply highlights how much the sector is out of favor.

Another out of favor sector is the REITs. In fact, my last several purchases have been in the space as I added to my Ventas, Inc. (VTR), LTC Properties, Inc. (LTC) and Welltower Inc. (HCN) the last couple of months. As with utilities, rising interest rates coupled with D.C. policy uncertainty has created a perfect storm dragging down every name in the space. With my entire IRA swimming in a sea of red, I must consider adding more and take this opportunity to average down a bit on some of my

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I’m an early 40′s Internet entrepreneur that launched several dot coms with varying success in each. At the very least my living has been made online for the past 18 years and at the most I had a fun time in each venture.I began seriously investing for dividend income around 2007 when my business at the time was literally falling off a cliff, as most of the world was starting too as well, when my need for another income stream became more apparent. I have always known the benefits of dividends from my very first stock purchase back in 1988 but wasn't yet sold on the concept of tying up my money indefinitely purely for a dividend income stream. It was around that time that I learned about Dividend Aristocrats and Dividend Champions when it all just made sense. I could literally see the effects of compounding dividends from these select companies and thought a nice diversified portfolio could provide me with a decent to excellent income stream decades down the road.

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