Dividend Investing

The Safety Net: There’s Nothing “Super” About This SuperDividend ETF

That’s the basis for the Safety Net column – to analyze how likely a company is to continue to pay its dividend. For investors relying on dividends for income, it’s an important issue.

I usually don’t take a look at ETFs, but Frank’s suggestion that I analyze Global X SuperDividend ETF (NYSE: SDIV) intrigued me because it pays a 5.8% dividend yield.

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A Simple Solution for Rising Taxes

I read a couple of statistics last week that blew me away.

According to a study by the Federal Reserve, 20% of Americans near retirement age and 31% of all Americans have no retirement savings. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, that’s a hell of a lot of people who have very little time left to accumulate savings.

These statistics tell me two things…

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Bond Investing

Why I’m Praying for Bad News

Below are two bond recommendations I made on March 24, 2009, right after the last huge sell-off in the markets.

I know if you follow bonds, these numbers seem like complete bunk for A- and AA- rated companies, but, I swear, these were actual recommendations.

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Triple Your Expected Return

Doing something as simple as focusing on the fundamentals of a corporate bond rather than its interest rate will return three and four times what the average income investor is earning.

But virtually no one does it.

That’s too bad, because the same average income investor has starved for yield for more than six years.

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Retirement Investing

You Must Invest

If you have kept your cash on the sidelines these past few years out of fear of another downturn like we experienced in 2008, how much money did you not make?

Of course, no one had the foresight to buy at the bottom.

But what if you just never sold at all? Or didn’t even worry about where the market was headed?

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Avoiding the Retirement Crisis

There’s a retirement crisis in this country.

And we need to act quickly if we want to spend our golden years on the golf course instead of behind a desk. About a year ago, I contemplated this problem and worked on various ways to beat this.

My goal was to create a “Set It and Forget It” portfolio that would continue to build over time. The more time it had to run – using the magical power of compounding – the better the end result would be.

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Stock Market Volatility

The Best Strategy for a Volatile Market

I saw a presentation a couple of years ago. It was about the tortoise, the hare and investing. The presenter made the claim that investors want to be nimble and quick like the hare and not at all like the tortoise, steady and slow to react.

But as the story goes, the tortoise wins the race.

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Here’s What the Market Is Going to Do Next

Last week, at an investing conference in Quebec, Canada, I was asked where I thought the market was going.

I said that I expect the bull market to continue until the Fed suggests that interest rates will rise in the near future. In other words, as long as the Fed keeps bringing out punch, investors should continue to fill up their cups.

However, that was just a small part of my answer.

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