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Through Thick Or Thin, The Dividends Keep Rolling In

Published Wed, 01 May 2019 10:47:20 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

For about a year now I have continued to read articles in Seeking Alpha and other media that express worry over an impending bear market. Some of this is obviously generated by investment advisors looking for new customers to subscribe to their services, but some express a more realistic view that keeps us wondering how long this bull market will last. My own opinion is that Federal regulatory interventions have reduced the chance of a really bad recession, and more and more people have turned to the stock market as fewer and fewer companies now provide a pension that eliminates the fear of a destitute retirement, so there are more buyers out there, stocking their 401K's and IRA's. I can remember days in the long past when as few as 40 million shares were traded on the NYSE and Nasdaq in total on one day. With greater numbers of investors comes a market that easily provides an instant buyer for practically any issue. I remember a time when you called your broker, almost always the same person, gave a market order to him/her and then you might not get the result until much later that day. Now, it's a rare occurrence if an order isn't filled in a few seconds.
My first rule of investing is: diversify. I found that about 30 stocks and/or bonds are few enough for me to keep track of, especially since some of these I wouldn't sell without a major change in that company. If each issue is no more than 5% of your total portfolio, the total collapse of one company will not produce a... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
ABBVIE 68.54   19.6 3.49 4.28 6.26
AT&T 32.79   12.2 2.68 2.04 6.13
MAIN STREET CAPITAL 41.95   14.5 2.89 2.46 5.81
PEOPLE'S UNITED FINANCIAL 16.33   12.5 1.31 0.71 4.36
DUKE ENERGY 88.45   21.5 4.11 3.78 4.16
TORONTO-DOMINION BANK 59.09   12.6 4.71 2.26 3.85
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB 43.33   13.7 3.16 1.64 3.72
COCA-COLA 51.39   32.7 1.57 1.60 3.07
JOHNSON & JOHNSON 132.07   21.9 6.03 3.80 2.87
CUMMINS 172.80   11.2 15.43 5.24 2.69
COLGATE PALMOLIVE 72.70   27.1 2.68 1.72 2.33
BOEING 377.36   21.6 17.48 8.22 2.22

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