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DI Old-Article Archive: June 2013

Australian Financials: The Carnage is Over and a Comeback is Due

It’s the end of the emerging markets world as we know it… Or at least that’s what some overdramatic analysts would have you believe. Granted, many stocks that are “emerging market dependent” are indeed getting pummeled. But there are two reasons to temper the gloom. To begin with, the pummeling may have gone too far,...

Dividend Stock Wars, Fizzy Lift Edition: Coca-Cola vs. PepsiCo

We’re on the cusp a new month and, like always, that means it’s time to roll out another round of Dividend Stock Wars. Now, given the market’s wild swings over the past two weeks, many investors are undoubtedly in search of some stable ground. So I’m going to take this occasion to return to the classics...

Will the EU Banking Union Ever See the Light of Day?

Will the EU Banking Union Ever See the Light of Day? The European Union will make a fresh attempt to share out the costs of future bank failures, starting a regime to spare taxpayers further bailouts. But some believe a deal won’t be reached and could create turmoil as leaders prepare for a key summit....

Digging for Gold in a Copper Mine

It’s not an overstatement to say that mining stocks have been taking it on the chin… Precious metals have been famously beaten up since 2011, and the gold and silver miners have gotten it worse than the metals themselves. Industrial use metals have been participating in the carnage, as well. But, as we know, carnage...

Raises All Around: Dividend Increases for the Month of June (Part 2)

Every month, I do my damnedest to impress upon D&I readers the unbeatable importance of dividend increases. After all, it’s consistent, aggressive growth – not fat, initial yields – that will grant you long-term security and wealth. Accordingly, last week I started rounding up notable companies increasing dividends in June. Like I said then, it’s...

Bond Alert: Investing “TIPS” are for the Birds

Well, let’s just say that “the Bernank” didn’t disappoint… and in the aftermath I bet more than a few Monday-morning quarterbacks were hunkered around water coolers in offices worldwide dispensing investment advice. Just remember: Don’t invest on water cooler tips. I’ve rarely seen one that worked out. Some investors and “tipsters” are unhappy with the...

French Insurer Axa: Getting Fatter, Letting Shareholders Starve

Insurance companies are well popularized as good investments… Many notable investing pros and entrepreneurs have become filthy rich by investing in insurance companies. (Warren Buffett comes to mind.) But insurance companies can (and do) lose money. Every now and then, for instance, one goes bust over a natural catastrophe, causing the company to experience significant...

Raises All Around: Dividend Increases for the Month of June (Part 1)

Make no bones about it, increases are at the heart of every worthwhile dividend investment. Without them, your money isn’t working nearly as smart as it could be. This is especially the case for longer-term holdings. Sure, in the short term, compared to a lower-yielding dividend growth stock, a fat initial yield is going to...

Eurozone Leaders Grapple With Recovery Details

Eurozone Leaders Grapple With Recovery Details Eurozone finance ministers are discussing how their bailout fund can invest in a bank to save it from failure, laying a cornerstone of the banking union. It’s seen as vital to restore economic growth. But is it enough to end the current malaise? The current concerns on the table...

Rate-Risky REITs Be Gone!

Rate-Risky REITs Be Gone!

Ever since the Fed rolled out quantitative easing (QE) – not once, but now three times – in an attempt to lift the economy from its slump, money has been phenomenally “easy,” as they say. Interest rates are lower than low. Borrowing is cheaper than cheap. And, for better or worse, the market has received...

Light Up Your Portfolio With These Solar ETFs

Remember how big solar used to be? I live in New Jersey, and for a while the state government was massively subsidizing the cost of installing solar panels on residential homes and businesses. But once the subsidies faded, many solar companies closed up shop and moved on to greener pastures elsewhere in the country. And,...

July’s Ex-Dividend Roundup: Cisco, Yum and Hasbro

Every month, I dig through D&I Daily’s dividends calendar in search of stocks that are about to go ex-dividend – that is, pay out cash on a specified date. I’ll point out both the good and the bad, because protecting your hard-earned money from shaky investments is just as important as making gains. Remember, to...

Keep Diversified With These Killer Multi-Asset ETFs

We all know the “Three Ds” of investing: diversify, diversify, diversify. Of course, keeping well-diversified isn’t an easy task. So when you find an investment that simplifies the task, an ETF that makes diversification a priority, it may be worth holding on to. In that vein, today I’ll give you the skinny on a style...

Three Defensive Stocks That Will Keep on Chugging

I’ll just cut to the chase: The market went a little nuts last week, causing a bit of a stir. On Wednesday, the S&P 500 almost tripped over 1,600 during intraday trading. Granted, in itself that’s an arbitrary number. But the nearly 2% fall that took us there was the sharpest since February. That’s hardly...

Imperial Tobacco: The Altria of Europe

Some of the best investments are businesses that provide products that customers can’t live without. One example is consumer staples, like food or clothing. Or even utilities. But some discretionary items aren’t really “discretionary” per se, they’re downright addictive – like the so-called “vice stocks.” They may be controversial, but it’s hard to argue with...

All the Yield Without a Hint of Cash

Be careful. Just because a fund might invest in stocks that pay dividends, doesn’t always mean you’re going to get paid a dividend. At least not directly, anyway. Look no further than the Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF (SYLD) for a prime example. A New Kind of Yield The Cambria Shareholder Yield is a new ETF...

Dividend Stock Wars, Banking Edition: JP Morgan vs. Wells Fargo

It’s the beginning of a new month and, like always, that means it’s time to roll out another round of Dividend Stock Wars. With financials outshining all but technology when it comes to dividend growth, if you haven’t woken up to the reality that there’s screaming dividend potential in the banking sector, now’s the time....