As the end of the year rapidly approaches, today’s article outlines a number of important “money moves” you may be wise to make some time for in your schedule. These various financial housekeeping tasks, organized into three categories – taxes, planning and protection – can pay off financially (e.g. lowering your tax bill) or by providing peace of mind (e.g. being certain your beneficiaries will get what you want them to get). To see what these recommended year-end money moves are, CLICK HERE.
While the commonly subscribed to belief is that your portfolio should shift more heavily towards fixed-income investments and away from stocks the closer you get to retirement, the author of today’s article argues that this prevailing piece of investing wisdom is “based on a dangerous misconception.” In fact, he singles out bonds as being “the worst retirement investment you can own right now.” Why does he argue that shifting from stocks to fixed-income products is simply replacing one form of risk with its “silent – and deadlier – cousin”? What two strategies for building a safe all-stock retirement portfolio does he advocate? And what three specific stocks does he recommend for such a portfolio? CLICK HERE to find out.
Today’s article focuses on two gender-based findings when it comes to investing – that female investors tend to outperform their male counterparts and that companies with gender-diverse upper echelons tend to show stronger performance. As such, the author looks at how women differ from men in their investing behavior and, based on this, lays out several pieces of investing advice that male investors may be wise to adopt. He also highlights a new exchange-traded fund (SHE) focused on companies with a commitment to gender-diverse leadership. To read more about how you can improve your portfolio by investing like a woman – and investing in companies committed to advancing women – CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article notes that there is an inherent inconsistency between large “lumpy” quarterly dividend payments and fixed monthly expenses. As such, he highlights five established exchange-traded funds that provide “a smoother flow of income” by way of smaller monthly dividend payments. To read about these five monthly dividend paying ETFs – which include one ETF that selects low volatility stocks, one that selects the highest paying dividend stocks with the lowest volatility, as well as an ETF the author describes as “a unique outlier” – CLICK HERE.
Regardless of which presidential candidate emerges victorious on November 8th, the next administration is expected to provide a significant boost to government spending on infrastructure. While some investors are already starting to make anticipatory plays on this front, the author of today’s article cautions that “investors who want their portfolios to follow the government money should keep in mind a few facts before committing their own cash.” Which specific areas – and specific companies – might be better plays for a Clinton administration, and which might be more lucrative for a Trump administration? How do analysts believe this new domestic infrastructure investment will be different from the last? What kind of time frame should investors have in mind for these plays? CLICK HERE to find out.
While beating the market is no easy task in any given year, today’s article notes – as per Bank of America – that “2016 has been the most difficult year on record for active managers.” In light of this, the author outlines a simple strategy – which comes from The Leuthold Group, “one of the top institutional research firms in the world” – to circumvent the poor results of active management and beat the S&P 500. The strategy in question involves a twist on the ‘Sell In May And Go Away’ adage and has beaten the S&P 500 in 22 out of 27 years. To read about this strategy – which involves switching in May rather than selling – as well as for two ETFs through which it can be carried out, CLICK HERE.
In a world of near-zero or negative interest rates, dividend-paying stocks have been getting a lot of attention from investors. However, as today’s article notes, “some market experts are advising investors to be cautious and selective. Identifying companies with room to raise dividends significantly, rather than focusing on finding the highest yields, might be your best way forward.” As such, the author performed a screen of the S&P 1500 Composite Index in an effort to identify potential dividend bargains in each of the 11 sectors. To see the results for each sector, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article identifies the ten highest-paying dividend stocks on the S&P 500 – with dividend yields ranging from 4.9% to 9.7% – and attempts to determine whether any of them are worth buying now. The author highlights three stocks from the list that he believes are worth buying. To see what these three stocks are – two real estate investment trusts and an automaker – as well as why the author believes that the highest-paying stock on the list is not a smart buy, CLICK HERE.
“Most participants aren’t going to make good choices, so I would rather not have them blow themselves up.” This is what one advisor cited in today’s article has to say about the risks associated with retirement plan participants using their company’s brokerage window – “a feature that offers a wider selection of individual stocks and mutual funds to employees who prefer a hands-on approach to investing.” While the author notes that employees who go into a brokerage window tend to have more saved in their retirement accounts, she cautions that this strategy is not for everyone and involves significant risk. To read more about brokerage windows, the risks involved and the author’s suggestions for those considering this option, CLICK HERE.
When it comes to style ETFs (e.g. Large Cap Growth, Mid Cap Value), the author of today’s articles acknowledges that the overwhelming number of choices available – over 24 ETFs per style on average – can be a recipe for investor paralysis: “It is simply not possible for the majority of investors to properly assess the quality of so many ETFs.” As such, based on the premise that the quality of a fund is based on the quality of its holdings, the author identifies his top rated ETF for each style. To see what these ETFs are, CLICK HERE. The author further lays out three red flags that can be used to avoid the worst style ETFs and identifies some of the offending funds. To see what these style ETFs are, CLICK HERE.