Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekly Links: January 29, 2012

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):

- The Dividend Guy presented 4 Top Canadian REITs For 2012
- Compounding Returns presented Financing a Small Business as an Investment

The DIV-Net Featured Articles

Articles from D4L-News:

How Long Will The Dividend Stock Craze Last?
There's no free lunch, as they say, and that holds true in investing. At least most of the time. If there is anything close to a free lunch in investing, it might be the dividend. In 2011, investors embraced the dividend en masse. Stocks that were once unheralded, like Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), were acting like some of the most exciting names. Hold on, Eli Lilly? If you're a student of the stock market, you know that Eli Lilly is hardly considered a growth stock. Since the 2008 and 2009 recession, Eli Lilly has hovered around $35 per share, but the approximate 4% dividend has kept investors in a stock that showed little capital appreciation for years. All of that changed in the middle of 2011, when...

Dividend Stocks to Put Money in Your Pocket
Anxiety over the European debt crisis and distrust in the markets drove volatility in global stock markets to dizzying heights in 2011. The intense level of chaos, and record low bond yields, sent investors scrambling for stocks that deliver steady returns in the form of dividends. Dividend stocks have long been regarded as "widow-and-orphan" stocks because they provide steady payouts and tend to fall less than others when times are tough. And when stock prices fall, dividend yields actually rise because they reflect a percentage of a stock's price. Meanwhile, some investors tapped into dividend yields of more than 4% -- more than double the feeble yields of 10-year Treasuries -- on the stocks of utilities, manufacturers, and telecom companies. The problem with going for capital growth is...

It's all about the dividends
Dividends have gone from being an afterthought to one of the top things on many investors' minds. These periodic payments by companies to their investors are taking an oversized role in the markets. Given the stock market's disappointing performance last year and lackluster targets for 2012, investors are happy taking what they see as a safer bet. That craving for dependable, albeit not guaranteed, dividend income could continue, given that interest rates remain low, analysts say. "People are throwing in the towel on the horse race," says Jack Ablin of Harris Private Bank. "They want a dividend program that can...

Best Dividend Challengers to Buy
We have long believed that investing in dividend-paying stocks, especially blue chips with a legacy of increasing their dividend consistently year after year, has always been an attractive and sound idea. Common sense would dictate that if the company is able to increase their dividend every year, then it would logically follow that their earnings must also be increasing every year. Dividends are paid out of earnings and therefore a company that is constantly increasing their dividends is likely to also be constantly increasing its earnings. On the other hand, there are many different levels and rates of growth. We believe that total return is important. We also believe, however, that exceptional total returns can be achieved...

The Safest Dow Dividends
Dividend stocks have realized a resurgence of investor interest the past few years, and with good reason. With the markets continuing their unpredictable and volatile swings, who wouldn't want a little extra guaranteed return? Evidence continues to show that dividend-paying equities are among the best wealth-building vehicles out there. To test each company's dividend safety and quality, I looked at...

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

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