January 13, 2017

10 Best Stocks for Retirement Investors

The market has rallied strongly since the election, but investors shouldn’t forget about dividend-paying stocks

The stock market has rallied strongly since the election, and the Federal Reserve is officially on track to increase interest rates over time. Retirees are benefitting from higher stock portfolio values and the prospects for higher payouts in their bond portfolios.

But they shouldn’t forget about dividend-paying stocks. They could grow less appealing over time as bond payouts rise, but that could also mean opportunity as they lose favor. Below are 10 stocks that are laser focused on sustaining and growing their dividend yields over time.

And generally (and if not otherwise noted), the below companies also sport reasonable valuations when also taking their growth prospects into account.

Source: InvestorPlace

January 11, 2017

3M: A Buy And Hold Forever Dividend King

When it comes to dividend growth stocks, there are few better core holdings for one’s portfolio than the legendary dividend kings, companies that have raised their dividend for 50+ straight years. Investors can view all of the dividend kings here.

These are companies that have not just proven to have an ability to steadily grow throughout any kind of economic, interest rate, and political environment, but also have a very dividend-friendly corporate culture that endures periodic management changes.

3M (MMM), with 58 consecutive years of rising dividends, is one such dividend king, and we happen to hold the company in our Top 20 Dividend Stocks portfolio as well.

Let’s take a deep look at what makes up 3M’s secret sauce and if this is the type of company that deserves to be a core holding in almost any income growth portfolio.

Source: TalkMarkets

January 10, 2017

Let Realty Income Corp (O) Stock Pay Your Bills in 2017

Trump's surprise win caused a selloff, but now Realty Income is ready to rock

Regardless of your political preferences, the “Trump rally” that has pushed stocks higher since November has been a rip-roaring good time. No one ever complains about making money.

Let Realty Income Corp (O) Stock Pay Your Bills in 2017Of course, there are also no guarantees it will continue. The stock market is extraordinarily expensive after eight years of virtually uninterrupted bull market, and “The Donald’s” promises of reduced regulation and higher growth may prove harder to deliver in practice.

There are some pretty aggressive growth assumptions priced into the stock market right now, so any failure to deliver could result in a nasty correction … or even a full-blown bear market.

I’ve always been a big believer in taking a total return approach to investing, focusing on both capital gains and income. And with the capital gains looking a little more iffy than usual at current stock prices, current income in the form of dividends is more important than ever.

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January 9, 2017

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) Stock Is More Attractive Than You Think

Sometimes, setting your sights on the moon can be a waste of time and money, and lead to lost opportunities

It’s no longer a real secret that Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is on the defensive in the router/switching market — a market that thrust Cisco to the head of the class in the late 90’s, and a market that Cisco still mostly dominates. On the flipside, investors more than a little familiar with CSCO stock also know the company’s newest priority isn’t the kind of heavy-hitting revenue generator its networking wares used to be.

That new focus? Software, and the Internet of Things in particular … a party to which Cisco showed up late, and an arena that it still doesn’t look like it’s perfectly ready to compete in compared to other players like General Electric Company (NYSE:GE).

Fear not, however. Not only is Cisco equipped well enough to remain relevant in a future where IoT is everything, some subtle clues recently dished out by key executives suggests the company “gets it” to a far greater degree than anyone’s giving it credit for.

Source: IvestorPlace

January 8, 2017

5 Stocks to Buy for a Big January

History says these picks are prone to outperform most others this month

Although the month of January is generally a good one for the market (with the S&P 500 averaging a 0.8% gain), the first month of the calendar year is an unusually good month for certain stocks to buy, year in and year out.

The reason? Well. the most plausible reason is that it’s got something to do with the foray into a new tax year, or perhaps cold weather ultimately spurs a bullish sentiment on these names.

Regardless of the reason, it happens. With that as the backdrop, here’s a closer look at the top five stocks to buy this month.

I’ve calculated the lifetime monthly returns for each stock using a proprietary charting platform, and each of them is in the habit of reliably making their way decidedly higher during January.

Source: IvestorPlace