Saturday, February 17, 2018

Weekly Links: February 17, 2018

Each weekend I highlight any notable articles that I came across over the past week. Though I may not always agree with each of the articles highlighted, they will often provide an interesting argument for their position. We can take some concepts that may or may not align with our vision, then apply them to our framework, and voila, a new idea is born.

Articles you might find interesting:

- 2018 Goals and 2017 Review
- Reducing My Monthly Expenses Progress
- Increased Expenses
- Dividend Increase: V
- What No One Told You About the Journey to Financial Independence

The DIV-Net Featured Articles:

- High-Quality, Low-Risk Dividend Stocks
- Top Investment Picks for 2018
- BUD-WEIS-ER, Frogs & Fuss Aren’t Enough for Me to Drink

Articles from D4L-News:

Can This 7% Yield Possibly Be Safe?
Over the past decade, few businesses have paid out higher yields than business development corporations (BDCs). Big banks have turned their back on small-town America. With all of the new regulations, bankers only want to lend to their largest customers. That’s good news for BDCs, as these firms have rushed in to close the gap left in the marketplace. And with little in the way of competition, lenders have earned themselves outsized profits...

3 High-Yield Stocks With Virtual Monopolies
Regulated monopolies aplenty operate in the U.S. and around the world. In general, governments keep these businesses from putting their customers over a barrel and regulating prices and service levels, while the companies settle for a solid return without fear of competitive entry. Many others also either have such strong competitive positions or operate in just the right niche as to be virtual monopolies, and they can often make huge profits. And if they don't take it too far and kill the golden goose, they can keep these virtual monopolies going for a very long time. Either way, monopoly enterprises can make for solid investments, particularly if they're able to pay shareholders an above-average dividend yield...

3 Top Dividend Stocks to Buy in 2018 With Double-Digit Dividend Growth
If you're looking for steady income from your stocks, these companies should be at the top of your watchlist, if not already in your portfolio. All are not only market leaders but financially strong companies with meaningful dividends that are rising on an annual basis. Here are three market leaders with meaningful dividends, strong dividend growth potential, and a low-risk profile...

3 Preferred Stocks That Earn You 6%-Plus
I am a big fan of preferred stocks. They used to be thought of as a bizarre security, but now preferred stock is a major target for income investors during the historically low bond-yield period we’ve been in for years. If a company goes under, bondholders get the first bite at assets, but then preferred stockholders come next, before common stockholders. I like these three preferred stock issuances, all of which yield more than 6%...

3 Baby Bonds Paying 5%-Plus
Baby bonds, or exchange-traded debt, are similar to preferred stock in that each behaves both like a stock and a bond. Baby bonds trade like stocks on the major exchanges, however there is a narrow range of prices they trade in. It is easier to trade baby bonds because, unlike regular bonds that often trade in minimum baskets of $10,000, you can buy or sell any amount. Like many bonds, they push out distributions on a quarterly basis. However, the money gets taxed as ordinary income, not as dividends. Here are three issues worth looking at for your portfolio...

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

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