Dividend Investing

The Safety Net: A 13% Yield That Just Lost My “A” Rating

After Seadrill Limited’s (NYSE: SDRL) shares fell sharply a few weeks ago after an earnings miss, I received a flood of emails asking if I still think the dividend is safe.

Seadrill is popular among dividend investors because of its rich 13% yield.

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The Safety Net: He’s a Legendary Investor, but His Dividend Isn’t Safe

Leon Black is worth nearly $6 billion. He knows a thing or two about finance.

His company, Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO), runs hedge funds specializing in private equity, real estate and credit. The company is particularly skilled at picking up distressed assets. This week, we’re looking at the company’s dividend safety, thanks to a request from Roger F.

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Bond Investing

What Bond Market Bubble?

The predictions of a bond market bubble and/or the collapse of the bond market have been nonstop since interest rates started to drop after the stock market collapse in 2008.

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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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Retirement Investing

Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness

You’ve heard the expression that money can’t buy happiness. That’s a load of bull. Money can definitely buy happiness. I see it all the time.

I’m not talking about big houses, fancy cars or giant TVs. In fact, I’m not talking about anything material.

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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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Stock Market Volatility

Management Is Everything

In your work life, I suspect the best (and probably the most lucrative) jobs you’ve had were at companies run by an effective and dynamic manager.

And chances are your investments that were backed by strong management teams outperformed those that weren’t.

When I speak with institutional investors, the most successful ones usually focus on management.

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Listen to Mama When It Comes to Investing

“Don’t touch it, you’ll get it infected!” How many times did you hear that from your mother growing up? Heck, you’ve probably said it a few times to your own kids if you have any.

Turns out mom wasn’t just right about healthcare. Likely unbeknownst to her, she was giving sage financial advice.

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