Saturday, December 24, 2011

Weekly Links: December 24, 2011

Each weekend 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 Monk presented McCormick and Company (MKC) Dividend Stock Analysis 2011
- The Dividend Guy presented Darden Restaurants (DRI) – Should You Put Money Where Your Mouth Is?

Articles from D4L-News:

High-Yielding Dividend Stocks Stocks For Your 2012 Portfolio
If you haven't read What Works on Wall Street: A Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time by James P. O'Shaughnessy, you should. Using 45 years of S&P Compustat market data and a systematic, fundamental approach, O'Shaughnessy researched the performance of many different investment strategies and concluded that some produced greater returns than the S&P 500 while others produced less. The two top performing strategies in this book, considered by many as the Bible of investing, are...

Pullback Puts Dividend Stocks on Sale
Anyone who has been investing for any length of time knows that buying stocks that pay reliable dividends can be a key component in a long-term investing strategy when those dividends are reinvested. For short term traders, the benefits of dividend-paying stocks - and ETFs that consist of dividend-paying stocks - are more muted. Holding a position for three, five or eight days often means that the trader will not be in possession of the stock or fund when dividend payout time comes around. This, by the way, is important...

When to Buy And Sell Dividend Stocks
Building and managing a dividend portfolio starts with setting objectives for yield and growth, finding securities that meet your objectives, tracking your progress, and pruning and improving your portfolio as conditions warrant. Peters: “More dividend yield typically means less dividend growth, but I do not settle for anything less than inflation.” When should a dividend investor buy or sell stocks? One should sell when...

Dow Dividend Stocks to Lead the Market in 2012
Roughly 20 years ago, investors started focusing on the " Dogs of the Dow ." These are the 10 highest-yielding stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and their above-average yield is often a sign of recent distress for the company involved. In theory, these high-yielders have been oversold (as the share price falls, the dividend yield goes up) and are most likely to outperform the rest of the Dow stocks in the next 12 months. A clear pattern is emerging...

Attractive Dividend Growth Stocks
Dividend stocks have many benefits. One of them is the empirical evidence linking payout with higher earnings growth which in turn translates into stronger returns. In addition, higher-yielding stocks tend to be less volatile in uncertain markets like today. However, when I look for dividend stock ideas I am not just looking for a high yield, I am looking for companies whose dividend is steadily growing and who are not spending all their money on their dividends as they also need to growth their business! In order to identify dividend growth candidates, I usually start by looking for...

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

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