Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly Links: February 19, 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):

- Dividend Partisan presented Recent Trade...
- The Dividend Guy presented Grow Your Stocks With $0
- The Div Guy presented How much money will you need to retire comfortably?

The DIV-Net Featured Articles

Articles from D4L-News:

Highly Undervalued Dividend Stocks
What is there to look for in a dividend stock? It’s important to remember that past dividends are not guarantees of payments in the future – if you want to be able to rely on a company’s dividend for an extended period of time, make sure the company can support it through its profitability or sources of liquidity. The current ratio, or current assets divided by current liabilities, is a popular gauge for a company’s liquidity, with ratios above 3 considered healthy. Another consideration, as with any stock, is whether it is fairly priced. One idea is to...

Dividend Stocks Aren't the New Bonds
For many investors who crave steady income, bonds don't look as good as they used to. With U.S. Treasury yields languishing near historic lows, some people believe they've found a great alternative: dividend-paying stocks or dividend-focused mutual funds. Many investment pros say it can be a reasonable move for at least part of an income-oriented portfolio. But they caution that investors need to understand the risks. The most basic concern...

Midsize Stocks With High Yield, High Growth
Amid the volatility in 2011, many investors took shelter in high-yield blue chips with stable operations. Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) tacked on 35% last year. Utility stocks like Dominion (NYSE:D) and Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED) tacked on 25% gains. All while the S&P 500 struggled to stay flat. A focus on dividends persists in 2012, even though stocks have recorded their best January since 1997. After all, a little gain in your portfolio is not a sign that problems like the eurozone debt crisis or the beaten-down U.S. housing market have been solved. A good middle road to walk, therefore, is...

Dividend Stocks Are Still Cheap
When things looked depressingly bleak in early 2009, I started inching into corporate bonds and found that I could buy bonds of excellent companies for 25-39 cents on the dollar. The idea was: Why buy the stock when you can get all of this upside with the bonds and get paid 25% while you are waiting? The "bond fire sale" closed down pretty quickly and, as I redeployed into stocks, I constantly tried to compare the relative merits of individual stocks and the stock market in general to bonds. It is a complex, difficult and ultimately arbitrary exercise, but I think that every investor has to...

12% Dividend Stocks With Minimum 10% ROE
Investors normally love stocks which have a record of both long-term profitability and high dividend yield. These stocks best suit long-term and income investors. In order to choose the stocks that fit the above criteria, I set the screening parameters with three main following points: 1) profitable for the last five years, 2) at least 10% return on equity for the last five years, and 3) current dividend yield at least 12%. Here are the four candidates...

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

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