Dividend Investing

The Safety Net: Will Falling Crude Prices Slash This 25% Yield?

A few months ago, it would have been very difficult to find a stock with a yield that high. However, the sell-off in oil and oil stocks has created numerous beaten-down stocks that now yield over 20%.

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The Safety Net: Is Linn Energy’s 20% Yield Safe?

Last week’s column on Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) and the lies told by its CEO generated a huge response. Over 150 of you left comments. Among the most requested stocks in the comments section was Linn Energy (Nasdaq: LINE).

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Bond Investing

Three Gross Mistakes

Way back when – I jokingly call it the period in my life when dead wasn’t forever – I used to fly helos and fixed-wing aircraft for the Navy.

Now, naval aviation is not in and of itself a dangerous profession. But it is horribly unforgiving if you screw up. I know the media makes it look like every flight is death defying, but it isn’t, not if you stick to the tried and true procedures.

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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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Retirement Investing

This Should Be Illegal

As a retired person, you should be watching the cost of everything, especially your investments. These costs are often the difference between making and losing money.

But knowing if you are paying too much is a lot more difficult than it might appear.

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Three Steps to Set Your Kids up for Life

I grew up middle class in an upper-middle-class neighborhood. As a result, most of my friends’ families had more money than mine and my friends had more “stuff” than I did.

Don’t pull out your violins. There’s no pity party here. I’m glad I grew up that way. I worked from the time I was 10 years old, shoveling snow off driveways in the winter. And as soon as I was old enough to get a job that was “on the books,” I did.

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