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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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Huawei Who? Winners and Losers of the Blacklisting

December 12, 2018

Huawei might not be a household name in the US, but not much works in the global wireless market without this Shenzhen-based privately held company and its vital products. Between the move to restrict its products from sale and use in the US and the arrest of one of its executives, the tables could be turning for this firm. Fortunately, I’ve had my eye on a handful of companies that could gain from Huawei’s woes, and I’ll tell you about my favorites in this article.

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More Than Just Home Finance, Mortgages Make You Money

December 12, 2018

If a mortgage investor isn’t smart and disciplined about what’s in their portfolio, they could fall into the trap of agreeing with ratings agencies and traders—and we all saw what that caused in 2008. My pick in this space is a mortgage investing REIT that has been profitable since 2002, including during the historic market crash.

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The Other Part of the Petroleum Market

December 5, 2018

Red October and Negative November wasn’t just for stocks, as petroleum prices also got whacked. But crude oil isn’t the only thing the revitalized US fossil fuels industry is pulling out of the ground, and prospects for another part of the petroleum market are excellent.

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