Industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE, $23.19 as of Oct. 18) stunned income investors in 2009, in the wake of the financial crisis and bear market, with a then-unthinkable cut to its longstanding dividend. But after years of trying to regain Wall Streets trust by rebuilding its payout to shareholders, fears of another reduction are mounting just as the company prepares to release its latest....More>>>
American Express (NYSE:AXP) helped pioneer the charge card industry, and even now, the company’s brand carries an aura of affluence that rivals have struggled hard to try to duplicate. Yet American Express has fallen back from all-time highs over the past couple of years, and the loss of its branded-card partnership with retail giant Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) was a high-profile setback....More>>>
Ford (NYSE:F) is known for its attractive valuation, it currently trades at around 7 times its 2017 projected earnings and has an attractive dividend yield of 5.36 percent. It also has a very low price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) compared to most other companies on the S&P 500. The stock trades at around $11 during the time I am writing this. However, after digging a little deeper, I have found....More>>>
We’re still in the wake of calendar 2017’s first earnings season. So it wasn’t surprising to see a raft of dividend raises last week, especially considering that this year has already been stuffed with lifts from every conceivable type of company.
Here are three notables out of last week’s crop.
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I was having dinner with friends recently, and someone asked the question, “Stocks are expensive. How should I protect myself in case the market crashes? Should I short something, or maybe use options?”
For most investors, an exotic strategy like one of these isn’t necessary. Instead, you can protect yourself from a stock market correction or crash by keeping some defensive....More>>>
Are you a fan of the Big Screen?
If so, this interest apparently groups us with a shrinking share of Americans if you believe the media. AMC Theatres (NYSE:AMC) lost over 25% of its value recently because so few people are turning up to see the latest movies. And the shares of all the theater companies have continued to get pounded since.
It’s probably not that people....More>>>
I have some bad news for you… Stocks could struggle – for as long as two years – after the presidential election next week. It won't be because of Hillary or Donald's bad political ideas. It all comes down to the lessons of history we've learned from elections. You see, politics have a surprisingly large effect on financial markets…....More>>>
For now, the only certainty is continued uncertainty. Given Trump’s unpredictable management style, it seems reasonable to expect increased market volatility ahead, asserts Carla Pasternak, contributing editor to Dow Theory Letters.
In searching for a steady-return ETF to add to our income portfolio ahead of potential volatility, we required four criteria:
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Last month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average made history, hitting 20,000 for the first time. Investors have now reached an interesting crossroads, wondering if the market rally will continue, or if they need to retool their portfolio to take a more defensive stance. Below are strategies investors can consider for what may turn out to be an unpredictable market.
KBW’s Meyer Shields and team took a look at Warren Buffett’s portfolio at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) and contend that Buffett’s underperforming the S&P 500:
We estimate Berkshire’s QTD equity portfolio performance at +2.4%, about 190 bps below the S&P 500s +4.3% performance. We reiterate our Market Perform rating, since we think Berkshire’s....More>>>