Sunday, December 28, 2014

Weekly Links: December 28, 2014

Each Sunday I highlight any notable articles that I came across over the past week, along with any Carnivals I participated in. 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.

Articles you might find interesting:

- Dividend Stock Analysis: Windows Is Still A Central Part Of Microsoft's Business
- Should you purchase dividend stocks at 52 week highs?
- How Loyal Have You 3 Been?
- The Best of The Dividend Guy in 2014
- Santa Claus Delivers Cheer After Christmas
- It’s a Wonderful Life Thoughts…

The DIV-Net Featured Articles:

- What's More Powerful Than Compound Interest?
- 20 Dividend Champs With Highest 10-Year Dividend Growth
- Dividend Income Progress Update - November 2014
- Dividend Discount Model Overview

Articles from D4L-News:

3 Great High-Dividend Stocks You've Probably Never Heard Of
There are a handful of high-dividend stocks that most income investors are familiar with, such as mortgage REIT Annaly Capital Management (NYSE: NLY ) and business development company Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC). High-paying stocks like these tend to be rather volatile, and one of the best ways to combat this is through diversification. That way, if any one of them has say, a bad quarter, or needs to chop its dividend, your overall portfolio won't suffer too much. With that in mind, here are three of my favorite lesser-known high dividend stocks you could add to your high-dividend portfolio...

The Best Dividend Stocks Canada Has to Offer
Dividend stocks can be a great way to grow your portfolio, but sometimes finding the best investments means looking beyond U.S. borders. Here, I'll look at four of the best dividend stocks from Canada to give investors a look at what opportunities lie north of the border. Canada is a natural-resource-rich country, and it needs a way to move these resources to where they can be best used. Fulfilling much of this need is...

Are dividend stocks running out of gas?
Many investors have concluded that stocks with big dividends will go on thrashing the competition. But the recent burst also offers reason to worry about what comes next. Financial theory provides no convincing reason why a stock that pays a big dividend should outperform one that pays a small one, or none at all. Two giants of modern economics, Franco Modigliani and Merton Miller, published a paper in the 1950s that showed that...

3 of the Best Dividend Stocks Revealed
You may want to favor dividends that are being increased at a good clip over time, too, as that can turbocharge your results. If a stock is paying a dividend of $1 per share, and that dividend is increased by 10% annually over a decade, you'll eventually be collecting a payout of $2.59. Finally, look for a payout ratio that suggests the dividend is sustainable. Payout reflects the portion of earnings being paid out as dividends. A steep one -- typically greater than 80% or so -- suggests that the dividend may not be sustainable. A payout ratio of 82% is not necessarily damning, but a ratio of 30% to 60% is generally healthier. Three companies to consider are...

3 Dangerous Dividend Stocks
Yield. Danger ahead. You won't just see these warnings while on the road this holiday season -- they also relate to some dividend stocks. Investors can be enticed by high dividend yields, but sometimes the stocks themselves are dangerous picks. We asked three of our Motley Fool specialists to identify stocks that fit this category. Here are the stocks they think could have dangerous dividends. Matt Frankel: One dividend stock that I'm a little nervous about right now is...

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

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