Dividend Investing

It’s Not How Well You Invest, It’s How Long

Most investors spend a lot of time and effort picking the right stock, fund or investment manager. But they’re focusing on the wrong thing.

Instead, investors need to focus their energies on getting as much money into the market as early as possible.

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The Safety Net: An 11.8% Yield That’s Generating a Lot of Attention

Any stock with a nearly 12% yield generates a lot of attention from income investors. So it’s no surprise that Don, Bruce and Jack all asked me to take a look at the dividend safety of American Capital Agency Corp. (Nasdaq: AGNC) this week.

To analyze American Capital Agency’s dividend safety, you have to look at its past, present and future.

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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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