Sunday, December 11, 2011

Weekly Links: December 11, 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 Cheap Stock With A Recent Dividend Hike
- 40percent 20years presented Buying ICA Hakon Invest?
- Dividend Monk presented The Maturation of Large Cap Tech Stocks?
- The Dividend Guy presented Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Dividend Investor?

Articles from D4L-News:

Should You Hold Preferred Stocks?
With such low interest rates available in Treasuries and other investment-grade bonds, many investors seem to be moving into higher-yielding, riskier assets such as preferred stocks. The question is: Do investors fully understand the risk-return dynamics of preferred stocks? If you reach for yield in instruments such as preferred stocks in this low interest-rate environment, be sure that you...

Dividend Stocks To Shield Your Portfolio From Inflation
No one wants to lose money to be sure, but burying it in a coffee can does not insulate it from the ravages of inflation. The only option available to preserve and grow wealth is to invest it. While there is a universe of investment options out there (some really out there), my passion is the equities market. I selected U.S. large caps that pay a dividend and have an average daily trading volume in excess of 1 million shares. In terms of fundamentals, I screened for price/earnings, past 5 year sales growth, insider transactions, current ratio, institutional ownership, price/book and return on assets. The screen resulted in 7 stocks...

Monthly Paying Dividend Stocks For a Well-Balanced Portfolio
The dividend room continues to get more crowded – but it is still the place to be. Since 1960, the monthly dividend yield on the S&P 500 has averaged 3.1% against a 10-year Treasury bond yield of 6.6% during the same period. Monthly income from bonds was almost twice what the S&P 500 paid investors from dividends alone. Of course, stocks also generated capital gains for most of the post-1960 holding periods so total returns were much higher than dividend yield alone. There is certainly a place in portfolios for blue-chip, low-leverage consumer oriented names like...

Dividend Stocks Leon Cooperman Invested In
Leon Cooperman is the chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors Inc., a New York-based hedge fund sponsor that primarily provides services to investment vehicles and pension and profit sharing plans. Before becoming chairman of Omega, Cooperman worked as chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management for nearly 20 years. In 1991 he left the firm and founded Omega. Cooperman is a savvy investor. However, his last comments at the Value Investing Congress in New York surprised everyone. As a result of the European crisis he said investors should not focus on...

United Technologies (UTX), A Hidden Dividend Star
United Technology (UTX) is the Dividend Star most of the simple dividend-growth filters miss. This is because they do not raise their dividend every year. UTX takes action on its dividend every six quarters, not every four quarters, as do many dividend stars. Such a policy means that about every three years their annual dividends flat line. Thus, the company is not included on many lists of companies with long-term histories of consecutive dividend hikes. UTX has one of the most consistent dividend growth records of any company I follow. To top it off...

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