Sunday, October 23, 2011

Weekly Links: October 23, 2011

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. 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. Below are the carnivals that I participated in this week, along with a link to my article:

Articles I enjoyed reading included (in no particular order):

- Dividend Mantra presented Recent Buy
- The Dividend Guy presented Dear Investor, Why Are You Paying Those Fees?

The DIV-Net Featured Articles
Articles from D4L-News:

Big Safe Dividend Stocks That Could Hike Their Payouts
In 2010 Chuck Carlson of The DRIP Investor newsletter wrote a book for Wiley called “The Little Book of Big Dividends.” The idea of the book was to catch the wave of yield hungry investors looking for relatively safe stocks that would provide steadydividends. Chuck came up with his own formula for finding what he calls Big Safe Dividend (BSD) stocks. These are stocks with strong fundamentals and a history of paying dividends. It’s a good formula but...

Dividend Stocks I Believe Will Beat the Market
Have you taken a look at the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) lately? If so, you've probably noticed the neck-breaking up-and-down motion it's taken over the past few months. And if you're like many investors, you're probably wondering whether there are any "safe" bets out there. Well, read on, because here are two stocks that are almost guaranteed to beat the market...

Outstanding Dividend Stocks to Buy in This Crazy Market
The biggest problem facing the U.S. economy is weak consumer spending. Households have high levels of debt they're still trying to pay off, and people are feeling insecure about their jobs or have already been laid off. Under these circumstances, it's easy to see why they're not spending. And when no one's buying goods and services, companies have more capacity to produce than demand for their products, so they have no reason to hire people. It's a vicious cycle -- one that probably won't be cured for a long time unless we experience a new technology boom, a surge in exports, or additional stimulus spending to boost demand. Dividend stocks have been shown to outperform non-dividend-payers, especially in bear markets. And there are particular reasons to think these categories of stocks will do well...

Dividends For A Crazy Market
Mr. Market's recent wild mood swings have a lot of investors worried -- and confused. Should you sell your stocks and move your money to something safer like a CD, or should you double-down while prices are low? It's true that bonds, CDs, and money market funds tend to get very popular during times of intense volatility, but they come with disadvantages of their own. One of the biggest of those disadvantages is that over time, you probably won't make nearly as much money in bonds or CDs as you would have in the stock market. Fortunately, there's a way to invest that can spare you from much of the volatility -- and can even turn it to your advantage. The secret...

Monster Dividend Stocks Yielding 9% Or More
In this article I'll discuss 7 dividend stocks with yields between 9 and 12%. I own some of these names and am trying to accumulate positions at attractive entry points in the ones I don't ow. These names all have inherent risks in order to offer these high yields. I do plan to buy below current closing prices, via limit orders, and hedge accordingly. If the price doesn't come down to my levels, then I'll move on to other ideas. I keep my position sizes to a 1.5% - 3.5% level. I don't want one stock taking my entire portfolio down. My goal in setting good-til-cancelled orders on the below stocks, is to...

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