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Dividend ETF Arms Race

The Dividend ETF Arms Race Gets Serious

As I mentioned on Monday, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have experienced an explosion in popularity. According to ETFdb, there are 70 dividend-focused ETFs (excluding leveraged and inverse funds), with even more offerings on the way. So it’s clear that the ETF arms race has escalated. However, as I also mentioned before, there are many common pitfalls...

Warning: This Bubble is Hiding in Plain Sight

Warning: This Bubble is Hiding in Plain Sight

Bubble watching is a favorite pastime of the talking heads on CNBC. Virtually everything that’s popular in the financial markets has earned the “bubble” title. Now, I dislike the term for various reasons. It’s hard to define. A financial bubble is harder to spot than most so-called experts would lead us to believe. And accurately...

The Super Bowl Ad Playbook

Super Bowl advertisements certainly aren’t cheap. This year, firms are paying as much as $4 million for 30-second ads aimed at grabbing attention off the field. This is up from $2.9 million in 2010. Why are companies willing to pay so much? Because it’s worth it, according to Ken Wheaton, Managing Editor at Advertising Age:...

Dividend-Achievers

Incoming Class of Dividend Achievers Triggers Growth Envy

Longstanding companies in the Dividend Achievers Index are officially on notice… As you know, the U.S. Dividend Achievers Select Index is composed of companies with at least 10 consecutive years of increasing annual dividend payments. This is the Index that the popular Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) tracks. The Achievers have a median three-year dividend...

Mine for Yield and You're Guaranteed to Strike Gold

Mine for Yield and You’re Guaranteed to Strike Gold

In the past week, financial media headlines have been dominated by emerging markets. The topics range from slowing economic growth and social unrest, to plunging currencies, unstable banking systems and anxieties about the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus. The problems in emerging markets are certainly serious. But as investors, we can’t be paralyzed by fear....

What a 118-Foot Superyacht Can Teach Us About Investing

With an interior that resembles a New York-style loft apartment, 360-degree views from the dining area and a teak wood deck, the WallyPower 118 is one of the most luxurious yachts in the world. And with a top speed of 70 mph, it offers speed and comfort – all in the same package. Such a...

goldman preferred stock

Buffett Throws Investors a Lifeline

Have you ever felt the desperation that comes from not having enough money? It’s not a pleasant feeling. But it’s one the iconic investment bank, Goldman Sachs (GS), felt deeply back in 2008. In the wake of the Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers collapses, Goldman needed to send a strong message to the markets that...

Behold the Junk Bond Bonanza

Behold the Junk Bond Bonanza

Junk bonds are hot right now. Want proof? Look at the billions of dollars that have poured into the most popular high-yield bond ETFs since 2011. Or how about the fact that the number of high-yield bond ETFs keeps multiplying? There are now 34 high-yield ETFs, up from only four at the beginning of 2011....

The Preferred Route to a Perpetual 7% Yield

Earn Scorching HOT Yields With ZERO Risk

Anyone interested in high yields with little or no risk? I know. Stupid question. Everyone is interested in high yields with little or no risk… especially dividend investors! But most people know better. No such thing can possibly exist, because there’s a direct correlation between risk and reward. That is, higher reward always comes at...

The One Doghouse You WANT to Be In

The One Doghouse You WANT to Be In

Many investors decry the lack of simplicity in the world of investing. After all, when we’re putting our hard-earned money at risk, it’s normal to be afraid of losing it. And whenever an investment strategy or system seems too easy, we get nervous, afraid that it’s too good to be true. Admit it. You’re guilty...