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Start 2019 With a Better Grasp of Bonds

January 3, 2019

For many investors, the bond market might appear to be a dark and mysterious part of the financial world, and one that is kept away from the average individual investor. But the reality is that with some tutoring and a bit of work, getting to know bonds can unlock lots of yield now and gains in the years to come. Here’s an informational article to get you started.

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Dividends From the Gas Glut

January 3, 2019

The petroleum market has been highly focused on crude oil, with prices climbing significantly from recent lows in 2016, only to give back some of the gains in the fourth quarter of 2018. But natural gas has been almost ignored as a product of the petrol patch, and prices in some places are so cheap that some companies have to pay to give their gas away. This leader in the space stands to benefit from this peculiar state of affairs.

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Walgreens Is Too Cheap to Be Ignored

January 3, 2019

Exactly what it says on the tin—or the pill bottle. Drug spending continues to be buoyant, with growth in the US alone on an annual upward march. This is good news for pharmacies like Walgreens, and I’ll break down the particulars of why, despite the concerns in the market, Walgreens Boots Alliance is the right medicine for the job.

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As Safe As It Gets

December 26, 2018

With the S&P down almost 10% for the year, you need safe and reliable places to park your money. If you’re willing to buy individual bonds, there’s one in particular that checks all the boxes for risk tolerance and income that you need to be aware of.

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Dividend Income from Idle Real Estate

December 26, 2018

While the old adage about real estate—that it always has value since they’re not making any more of it—rings true, there are plenty of parcels and buildings that just sit idle. And idle real estate is really just dead money. But the companies in this real estate subsector know an easy way to turn idle land into active profits for their shareholders.

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Should You Buy Pfizer After its Joint Venture with Glaxo?

December 26, 2018

Investors don’t buy single stocks expecting to own a variety of businesses like a mutual fund. So when a stock has too many business units with their fingers in too many pies, investors should stop and take notice.

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Is Starbucks Still Awake to Shareholders’ Needs?

December 19, 2018

Starbucks (SBUX) is more than just a spot to get a cup of coffee. For shareholders, the company has delivered an astonishing 1,425.17% return over the past 10 years. But are its plans for the future positive for shareholders?

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A Preferred Path in a Confounding Stock Market

December 19, 2018

One of the stones that a lot of investors leave unturned when hunting for income is preferred stocks, which pay income like bonds but trade like stocks. My top pick is a closed-end fund that puts a top manager’s best ideas in this sector at your fingertips on the cheap.

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Utilities for Safety—and Dividends

December 19, 2018

Utilities make for one of the most reliable stock sectors for both longer-term growth and regular to rising income. In today’s market, we can use reliability—and my top name is the most reliable option.

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Cash In on Big Dividends by Becoming Uncle Sam’s Landlord

December 12, 2018

Property pays. And it will continue to pay—even with some of the nation’s real estate challenges—if you own the right properties at the right prices. That search led me to an area of the REIT market where you can lease to one of the best tenants in the world: the US federal government.

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