A Little Comedic Relief, but Oh So True…

The below graphic is meant to provide a little comedic relief given the recent market volatility. Unfortunately, this is the thought process of many individual investors. Market psychology induces many to buy high and sell low. Investing with dividend reinvestment plans can help minimize the “buy high, sell low” mentality of investors. Dividend reinvestment plans [...]

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The Poor Should Pay Their “Fair Share”

The poor aren’t paying their “fair share”. I bet you didn’t see that coming, huh? At the risk of angering the loyal readers of this fine blog, I wanted to write about the emerging political rhetoric that the rich aren’t paying their “fair share” in taxes. Please note that I am not rich by anyone’s [...]

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War & Dividends by Lockheed Martin

When I began putting together this blog covering the fourth stock listed on our September Dividend-a-Month Club list, I couldn’t help but recall an episode of Seinfeld. In the episode that came to mind, Elaine was scheduled to meet with a famous Russian author. After being told about the upcoming meeting, Jerry jokingly told her [...]

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U.S. Poverty Rate: When Poor Isn’t Really Poor

I realize that this blog posting may offend some people, so I should probably begin with the disclaimers that have become so prevalent in today’s politically correct society. First, I understand that there are many families out there that are hurting right now, many at no fault of their own. I understand that almost seven [...]

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Intel Inside the Dividend Club

I’m sure many of you are surprised to see Intel show up on our inaugural Dividend-a-Month Club list, I certainly was. After all, it’s not often that you find a company involved in the development of technology hardware playing the dividend game. Other large players in the industry, including Dell, Advanced Micro Devices and Apple [...]

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Walgreens Can Fill Your Prescription for Dividends

Walgreens has increased its annual dividend for 36 consecutive years. Yes, you read that right; Walgreens has increased its annual dividend every year since 1976. That’s an impressive feat for any company, but particularly impressive for a specialty retailer. Walgreens is different from many specialty retailers, however, in that they sell a service that is [...]

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Stock Prices Could Drop 10%

As promised, this is a follow up to my blog post on Tuesday in which I predicted that the U.S. would soon enter into another recession and that the unemployment rate could approach 12% by year-end 2012. What I didn’t do in that posting was consider whether or not investors have already factored that scenario [...]

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IBM: “Big Blue” Brings Big Dividend Potential

On September 1, I published a blog listing First Share’s inaugural “Dividend-a-Month Club” stock picks for September. The goal of this so called “Club” is to help readers build a portfolio of dividend-paying stocks that will generate dividend payments each month of the year. The list provided on September 1 included the five best stocks [...]

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Prediction: 12% Unemployment in 2012

Admittedly this is a bold prediction on my part, but I am becoming increasingly convinced that the U.S. economy is about to officially enter a recession, if we haven’t already. If that is true, I would not be surprised to see the reported unemployment rate reach 12% at some point during 2012. Here’s my reasoning: [...]

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Washington’s Fuzzy Math: Unemployment Worse than Reported

No other economic indicator has been followed more closely by investors over the past several years than the nation’s unemployment rate. The health of the labor market is important because high levels of unemployment, or underemployment, forces consumers to cut back on their spending. Since, consumer spending has, historically, accounted for approximately 70% of U.S. [...]

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