Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Links: September 21, 2014

Each Sunday I highlight any notable articles that I came across over the past week, along with any Carnivals I participated in. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al.

Articles you might find interesting:

- 8 Stocks Sending A Strong Message With Higher Dividends
- Stock Valuation: It’s all a matter of perspective
- High Yield Companies for Current Income
- Bill Gates, Dividend Investor
- How Much Money Will I Need To Retire?
- Living off dividends - planning, monitoring & control
- The Buyback Annoyance

The DIV-Net Featured Articles:

- Dividend Stock Analysis of McDonald's (MCD)
- Why I purchased GE
- Top Dividend Stocks With No Debt But High Cash On Balance Sheet
- Holiday Road and Back Again
- Rainy Day Dividend Stocks

Articles from D4L-News:

Preferred Stock Plays With 5%-Plus Yields
Preferred stock is considered by many to be halfway between a bond and a stock. It is similar to a bond in that preferred stock has low volatility and (usually) a fixed rate. Meanwhile, preferred stock is similar to common stock in that it still comes after bondholders and debt obligations in the event of bankruptcy, and while less volatile than common stock, it does have the ability to move up (or down) on a share-price basis over time. If you’re interested in using preferred stock as a way to find big income, here are five funds that focus on preferred shares that will give you 5% yields or better...

Investors Can't Ignore the Benefits of Dividend Investing
According to data from Markit, S&P 500 dividends are expected to increase 8.9% to $352 billion in 2014. Of course, the biggest benefit of investing in dividend-paying stocks is that you get a regular income. When yields on Treasuries are as low as they are now, dividend yield of 3.5% to 4% on a high quality company can boost the return on your portfolio. In addition, there is a possibility for capital appreciation. So not only are you getting a steady flow of income but also a chance to see potential capital appreciation. Most high dividend paying stocks are in...

Cheap, High-Yielding CEFs to Buy
Income investors love CEFs because they can pay high distribution rates quarterly or even monthly — although those distributions can be comprised of dividends, capital gains or return of capital, and if so, they won’t be taxed as dividends, but as ordinary income, which has a higher rate. That doesn’t mean CEFs as a whole are bad — it just means that it pays to be choosy. So, here are three closed-end funds you can feel good about...

The Never-Ending Search for Yield Leads to U.S. Dividend Stocks
As global interest rates have been pushed to record lows, investors have been forced to seek out relatively safe investments that can also deliver some semblance of return. That journey has led them back into U.S. stocks, and more specifically dividend-bearing stocks. U.S. dividend stocks offer the safety of being in a moderately growing economy, alongside steadily improving corporate earnings. The top three companies on the list are...

Crash-Proof Investments with High Dividends
With the S&P 500 at 2,000, setting new all-time highs, there’s no shortage of bears out there worried about a pullback. Some alarmists are calling for massive corrections, while others are simply predicting a modest 10% to 15% pullback that will make take some of the froth off stocks and return valuations to “normal” levels. Protecting your money is often just as important as making it grow. So to help you stay safe if a correction hits, here are five of my favorite crash-proof investments to consider right now...

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There are some really good articles here, please take time and read a few of them.

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