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Worried About Fixed Income Bubbles? Try a Dividend ETF


Despite bullish rhetoric from Washington and some indications of progress -- the strength of the recent earnings season was a pleasant surprise -- investors remain anxious in the current environment. With equity markets facing tremendous obstacles ahead, including elevated unemployment rates and an uncertain regulatory environment, safe havens have seen no shortage of interest [see Three ETFs To Protect Against A "Hindenburg Omen" Sighting]. The 18-month period between January 2008 and June 2010 saw an astonishing $232 billion flow out of equity markets. During that same period, a total of $559 billion was invested in fixed income, demonstrating that investors are clearly gravitating toward the low-risk/low-reward profile offered by bonds. Bond prices have soared and yields have... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): CVY,IXC,IYR,XOM

Dividends Aren’t Enough: Toys and Games

I love cash. As an investor, nothing makes me happier than a company that returns money to shareholders, rather than spending it recklessly on a CEO’s pet projects or an ill-fated acquisition. Historically, investors have often looked at a stock’s dividend yield to identify these shareholder-friendly enterprises. But I prefer a slightly different metric -- one proven to further maximize investor returns. A 2007 study in The Journal of Finance suggests that investors should also factor net share repurchases into the equation, through a metric called the net payout ratio. According to the authors of the study, this ratio not only identifies companies that are paying back investors, but also predicts future equity returns better than the dividend yield.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): DIS,HAS

AstraZeneca’s Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can you give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth. At The Motley Fool, we’re avid fans of dividends -- and not just because we like that steady stream of cash. Studies have shown that from 1972 to 2006, stocks in the S&P 500 that don’t pay dividends have earned an average annual return of 4.1%; dividend stocks, however, have averaged a whopping 10.1% per year. That is an incredible difference -- one that you’d be crazy to not... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): ABT,AZN,GSK,MRK,NVS,SNY

The One Thing You Must Know About Dividend Stocks

Today, we feature an interview with James Early, the advisor for Motley Fool Income Investor, about the power of dividend investing. Mac Greer: Let’s talk about the relative merits of investing in dividend stocks versus investing for capital appreciation. You’re always flapping your gums about the virtues of dividend stocks. But in the last couple of years, shareholders have made big money off non-dividend payers like Apple, Baidu, and Chipotle. Aren’t you like the little old lady who plays the nickel slots all day when the real money is in blackjack or craps?... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): MKC,WMT,MCD,DOM,KMB

Dividend Report Card: Johnson & Johnson

In the dividend report card series, we analyze financial metrics to begin answering the following questions about a company’s dividend: Over time, has this company steadily increased its payouts? How sustainable is the dividend? Does the company have room to further increase the dividend? For a full explanation of each category, click here for a tutorial.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): LLY,PFE,BMY,JNJ

The 15 Highest-Yielding Equipment Stocks

Dividend investing is popular again. Investors have taken to heart Jeremy Siegel’s studies, which show that higher-yielding stocks tend to offer greater returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks. The highest dividend yields can be very tantalizing. As long as a stock yielding 15% doesn’t lose value, you’ll make 15% in one year! In more cases than not, however, an astronomical yield is a bad sign for a stock. Because dividend yields and stock prices move in opposite directions, a high yield usually means that investors have begun to worry about the business, driving down its stock price. However, certain types of companies, such as real estate investment trusts, have to pay out most of their income as dividends, so their yields will be higher than "normal." Dividends are not... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): ITW,SNA,VICR,HUBB,EMR,ETN,HSC,GGG,CR,ROK,NC,AIN,ABB,CAT,BRC

The 15 Highest-Yielding Semiconductor Stocks

Dividend investing is popular again. Investors have taken to heart Jeremy Siegel’s studies, which show that higher-yielding stocks tend to offer greater returns over time than low- or no-yield stocks. The highest dividend yields can be very tantalizing. As long as a stock yielding 15% doesn’t lose value, you’ll make 15% in one year! In more cases than not, however, an astronomical yield is a bad sign for a stock. Since dividend yields and stock prices move in opposite directions, a high yield usually means that investors have begun to worry about the business, and driven down its stock price. However, certain types of companies, such as real estate investment trusts, have to pay out most of their income as dividends, so their yields will be higher than "normal." Dividends are not... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): ISIL,KLAC,MCHP,MXIM,SPIL,STM,TSM,ADI,AMAT,INTC,LLTC,MCRL,...

Hudson City Bancorp’s Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth. At The Motley Fool, we’re avid fans of dividends -- and not just because we like that steady stream of cash. Studies have shown that from 1972 to 2006, stocks in the S&P 500 that don’t pay dividends have earned an average annual return of 4.1%; dividend stocks, however, have averaged a whopping 10.1% per year. That is an incredible difference -- one that you’d be crazy to not take... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): NYCB,PBCT,FNFG,HCBK

NYSE Euronext’s Dividends May Not Last Forever

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth. At The Motley Fool, we’re avid fans of dividends -- and not just because we like that steady stream of cash. Studies have shown that from 1972 to 2006, stocks in the S&P 500 that don’t pay dividends have earned an average annual return of 4.1%; dividend stocks, however, have averaged a whopping 10.1% per year. That is an incredible difference -- one that you’d be crazy to not take... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): CME,NYX,SCHW

McGraw-Hill: A Large-Cap Recovery Story With a Dividend That Pays You to Wait?

Over a Century of Service The McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP) traces its roots back to the 1800s. James H. McGraw founded the McGraw Publishing Company in 1899 and John Hill formed the Hill Publishing Company in 1902. In 1909 the two cofounders of today's McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP) formed McGraw-Hill. Over the many decades that followed, the company expanded beyond publishing into the global information services provider they are today. The following excerpt from their website summarizes their business and its legacy quite nicely.“The FoundationThe McGraw-Hill Companies has been a leader in providing high quality information and analysis across global markets for more than a century. From the Industrial Revolution through the Digital Revolution, our core values have remained constant --... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): MHP