Sunday, February 5, 2012

Weekly Links: February 5, 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 TSX Dividend Yield And Ex-Dividend Date
- Disciplined Approach to Investing presented Stock Buybacks Do Not Benefit Future Stock Performance
- Triage Investing Blog presented Developing a Margin of Safety

Articles from D4L-News:

Are Dividend Stocks Still Worth Buying?
Long favored by risk-averse retirees, dividend-paying stocks have been attracting investors of all stripes lately for their high yields and market-trumping returns. But as their popularity grows, even some advisers are starting to ask: Are dividend payers getting too pricey? Investors poured $31.3 billion into mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that invest in dividend payers last year, nearly five times the amount in 2010, according to researcher Lipper Inc. That rush, however, is making many dividend payers more expensive, say advisers. Historically, dividend stocks trade at lower price-to-earnings ratios, with the expectation that they'll grow less quickly than other stocks. While that's still the case, the gap between payers and non-payers is shrinking. To avoid overpaying for income, advisers say investors should...

Investors Pin Hopes On 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...

Dividend Stocks for Investors Worried About Risk
But at least one investment pro is loath to bail on his blue-chips and dividends, preferring the steady, familiar predictability of McDonald's (MCD) - at an all-time high - to chasing the white hot momentum of a Netflix (NFLX) that's gained about 40% in the past month. "We conclude that, while the Europeans may not like McDonald's, it is one of the last places they can afford to eat," says Matt McCormick, VP and portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor. For the record, McCormick has been recommending McDonald's since appearing on Breakout last June. In fact, his four picks McDonald's...

High-Yield Dividend Champs With Yields Up To 11%
Our favorite play is Gel (GEL); it sports a quarterly revenue growth of 44%, a strong quarterly earnings growth rate of 276%, a five-year dividend growth rate of 17.74%, a five-year dividend average of 6.60%, has consecutively increased dividends for eight years in a row, has a positive levered free cash flow rate of $81.6 million, and has increased its dividend from 42.75 cents to 44 cents. It also has a three-year total return of 206% and a five-year total return of 82.8%. As it is MLP, the high payout ratio should not be of concern. We cover this in more detail below...

Dogs of the Dow Are Outperforming the Dow
Dogs of the Dow is an investing strategy that buys and holds equal dollar amounts of the 10 best-yielding dividend stocks of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI ) . The strategy banks on the idea that blue-chip stocks with high yields are near the bottom of their business cycle and should do much better going forward. Investors in the strategy then would not only get large dividends but also gains in the stocks underlying those dividends. Evidence compiled by Tweedy Browne refutes these falsehoods. Research shows that...

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

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