Million Dollar Portfolio For Your Graduate?

2016-05-22 22_01_35-Morguefile.com free stock photos“I don’t think there’s a better gift for a graduating grandchild or other loved one than a gift of a portfolio of dividend-paying stocks including enrollment in the company’s dividend reinvestment plan.” In today’s article the author makes the case for a 5-stock portfolio as a graduation gift, and outlines how this offering could turn into more than $1 million by the time the graduate reaches age 65. What five “household name” companies does the author recommend for such a portfolio, based on criteria such as a history of dividend increases, excellent earnings growth and a sustainable business model? CLICK HERE to read more.

20 Simple Steps To Improve Your Finances

2016-05-22 21_56_58-Morguefile.com free stock photos“Some important financial moves are painful, time consuming, or both. Tackling mountains of debt or complex estate planning come to mind. Yet many smart financial steps are simple and take just a few minutes.” Today’s article outlines 20 simple ways to improve your finances – purportedly in under half an hour. From tracking your net worth to keeping tabs on 3 specific spending categories to travelling for free, CLICK HERE to see the author’s 20 hassle-free steps towards increasing savings, decreasing spending and being a smarter investor, as well as online resources that can be employed in carrying them out.

3 Bargain Stocks With Dividend Doubling Potential

2016-05-22 21_59_32-Morguefile.com free stock photos“Plenty of investors judge a stock’s dividend by one thing: the current yield. It’s a key figure, to be sure, but it’s just a starting point. If you’re investing for the long haul, dividend growth is way more important.” Today’s article highlights three cheap stocks that the author believes – based on their low payout ratios and rising earnings – are positioned to double their dividends in the next five years. To see what these three stocks are – including the auto-parts supplier rumored to be in talks with Apple in regards to the Apple Car – and the author’s analysis of each, CLICK HERE.

Investing According To The Wisdom Of The Crowd

2016-05-22 21_53_56-Morguefile.com free stock photos“It may be counterintuitive. But groups of people are scientifically proven to be more intelligent than their smartest members in answering questions, problem-solving and even foretelling the future.” Today’s article examines the “CrowdInvest Wisdom exchange-traded fund (WIZE) [which] aims to use the wisdom of the crowd by investing in stocks and weighting them based on public sentiment collected from an iPhone app”, and features an interview with its founder and CEO. How exactly does the WIZE ETF work? How has it performed relative to the S&P 500? How might it benefit investors’ portfolios, and what risks does it entail? CLICK HERE to read more.

3 Cybersecurity Stocks To Consider Securing

2016-05-15 20_53_20-Morguefile.com free stock photosCyberspace is a dangerous world, but someone has to make money off it! In light of the fact that “driven by federal government initiatives, legislation and high-profile data breaches, cybersecurity spending will grow from $75 billion globally in 2015 to more than $100 billion by 2018”, today’s article highlights three cybersecurity stocks – “each disrupting niches within cybersecurity, data protection and network analysis” – to consider securing. To see what these three stocks are, as well as the author’s analysis of each – CLICK HERE.

Investing: How Much Does Timing Matter?

2016-05-15 20_51_25-Morguefile.com free stock photosWould you have invested $100,000 in the S&P 500 the day before Black Monday or in the NASDAQ just before the tech bubble burst? You probably view those days as among the worst possible to have invested, but what would the actual results have been? Will Richardson, Northwestern Mutual wealth management advisor, “and his team looked at 30 years of market history and identified the three worst possible days you could have made an investment – days right before the market took a nosedive – and then asked: Where would you be today if you had invested $100,000 on each of those three days?” What did they find, and what is the lesson for investors in today’s volatile markets? CLICK HERE to read today’s article and find out.

7 “Buy It And Forget It” Stocks To Consider

2016-05-15 20_48_46-Morguefile.com free stock photos“Consistent income – is that really asking for too much?” Today’s article highlights seven dividend stocks that the author views as “safe enough to buy, drop in that proverbial drawer and never worry about again” – including a fast food chain, an energy giant, and a REIT. Which seven dividend stocks does the author believe “you can hold with your eyes closed”, and why? For which stock does the author claim that “nothing short of nuclear war or zombie apocalypse will get in the way of [it] paying its dividend”? CLICK HERE to find out.

Service Sector Stocks That May Serve You Well

2016-05-15 20_44_43-Morguefile.com free stock photosDespite a disappointing April jobs report, one sector does not seem to be slowing down: the service sector. In light of the fact that “nearly all the employment gains for April came in from three services sectors” (professional and business services, healthcare, and the financial sector), today’s article argues that “adding stocks from these areas to your portfolio makes good sense at this point.” But which stocks exactly? The article highlights five service sector stocks to consider and scores them based on value, growth and momentum. To see these five stocks and their scores, CLICK HERE.

“Water Down” Your Portfolio With Water ETFs

2016-05-07 19_36_47-morguefile.com_search_morguefile_1_watering can_popShould you sell in May and go away? The author of today’s article advocates instead for “using the summer months to fine-tune your portfolio, swapping out second-rate stocks (especially if they don’t pay dividends) for top-notch dividend-growers….” In this aim, the author highlights four dividend growers to consider this May, including American Express (which Barron’s predicts will announce a 17% dividend hike this month), and FedEx (which the author expects will announce a dividend hike of at least 20% in June). To read the author’s full analysis of those stocks, as well as to see the other two recommended dividend growers, CLICK HERE.

Sticking Around In May? 4 Dividend Growers To Consider

2016-05-07 19_34_43-morguefile.com_search_morguefile_1_spring_popShould you sell in May and go away? The author of today’s article advocates instead for “using the summer months to fine-tune your portfolio, swapping out second-rate stocks (especially if they don’t pay dividends) for top-notch dividend-growers….” In this aim, the author highlights four dividend growers to consider this May, including American Express (which Barron’s predicts will announce a 17% dividend hike this month), and FedEx (which the author expects will announce a dividend hike of at least 20% in June). To read the author’s full analysis of those stocks, as well as to see the other two recommended dividend growers, CLICK HERE.