In a time when folks are on the hunt for all sorts of high-flying assets, we shouldn’t ignore legendary fund manager Peter Lynch’s “invest in what you know” credo. Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST) stock offers familiarity and low volatility. While Costco probably won’t make you wealthy overnight, the long-term returns have been substantial. Source: Helen89 / Shutterstock.com
The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, keeps hitting new all-time highs. However, not all stocks are taking part. In fact, many more speculative areas such as special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) and electric vehicles (EVs) have sold off sharply in recent weeks. As a result, investors are looking to play some defense.
To achieve dividend kings status, a company has to provide its shareholders a dividend increase for at least 50 consecutive years. This is no mean feat, but consumer goods companies may have an advantage. Source: iQoncept/shutterstock.com Companies in the consumer staples sector sell everyday items, such as toothpaste, snacks, beverages and laundry detergent, that consumers
Income investors often look to real estate investment trusts, or REITs, as these stocks usually have very high yields. Looking more specifically at a certain part of the REIT industry, we feel that the corner of the industry devoted to healthcare REITs is very attractive for income investors. The population continues to get older in
Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD) produced significant results last year, achieving all of the gold and copper mining company’s forecasts. But the stock didn’t reciprocate. GOLD stock has actually fallen 6.4% over the past year, as of the time of publication. And year-to-date, it is down 7.4%. Source: Piotr Swat / Shutterstock.com It’s almost as if the
Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) stock is worth at least 46% more, now that the Federal Reserve will allow dividend hikes and buybacks. This is because, after June 30, the bank will be allowed to hike its dividend, assuming it passes the relevant bank stress tests. My estimate is that after Bank of America raises its
No matter what stage an investor is at in their stock market journey, dividend stocks inevitably become a focus. For some, it’s a focus that lasts a lifetime. For others, their interest is fleeting. In any regard, these holdings play a large role when it comes to how the individual investor deploys their capital. As
Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX) have raised their dividends for 38 and 33 consecutive years, respectively. As a result, they both belong to the group of dividend aristocrats. In fact, as the oil industry is highly cyclical with dramatic boom-and-bust cycles, Exxon and Chevron are the only two oil companies on the dividend aristocrats
Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) is not going to lower its dividend no matter what it costs the company. That point came out loud and clear from the company’s latest earnings conference call. This means that XOM stock will continue to have a “strong” dividend yield of about 6.15%. It’s worth at least 32% more, or
In today’s low-interest rate environment, dividend stocks remain hot. High-quality dividend stocks, such as dividend aristocrats, offer the potential for payouts that go up over time. Not to mention, share-price appreciation adds in long-term price gains as well. Yet, this investing strategy is far from a sure thing for an income investor. High payout ratios
Companies within the telecommunication industry are often a favorite of income investors, as many telecom stocks boast high dividend yields. Even better, many of these high yields are quite safe as they are well covered by earnings. The top telecom stocks share a few key qualities. They have large customer bases and charge high prices
While wagering on the next big thing always drives new players to the financial markets, as you grow in your investment journey, you’ll realize the importance of diversification. Specifically, your “active” plays will likely generate the most gains, but you’ll often find yourself with duds. On the other hand, monthly dividend stocks can give you
Many of the largest companies in the world happen to reside in the technology sector. Tech stocks tend to have higher growth rates, but lately the technology sector has experienced a sharp selloff. To illustrate, the iShares U.S. Technology ETF (NYSEARCA:IYW) fell almost 12% from Feb. 12 to March 8, before recently staging a modest recovery.
In November 2019, the S&P Dow Jones Indices produced a piece that educated readers on how to invest in high-yield dividend stocks without losing their shirts. The article focused on the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index. These are stocks from the S&P Composite 1500 Index that have increased their annual dividend payment for at