2017 has seen strong earnings growth and a healthy economy – both of which the author of today’s article expects to continue in 2018, with the addition of tax cuts. Against this backdrop, he proceeds to highlight three exchange-traded funds – offering tech exposure, small-cap exposure and general market exposure – to consider for strong returns in 2018. For these three ETFs, why the author believes each will be a good investment in 2018 – and what their returns could look like – CLICK HERE.
An engineering and construction company that could get a boost if Congress is able to pass an infrastructure bill, a supermarket chain that could be the target of an acquisition, and an insurer that could see its profits rise if the interest rate on bonds continues to creep up in the coming years. These are three of the four companies highlighted in today’s article that the author believes are bargains – with their stock trading at book value or less. For more on these four stocks, CLICK HERE.
Cash is king – and the author of today’s article points out that “no company has complained or died from having too much cash or from growing their cash reserves.” He proceeds to outline the metrics he uses to find cash-rich companies and highlights two stocks that are both cash rich and growing cash – a discount retailer that is surviving the retail wars and a small furnishing company that focuses mainly on the commercial, government office and hospitality industry. To read more, CLICK HERE.
The firm that invented the automatically dimming rearview car mirror (and now controls about 90% of that global market), a leading investor in the infrastructure underlying clean energy projects, and a leading supplier of niche surgical products are the three companies highlighted in today’s article which seeks to identify little-known small-cap dividend stocks that income investors may want to become acquainted with. For more on these three dividend stocks – and why they may be worthy of the income investor’s consideration – CLICK HERE.
While dividend-paying stocks can be reliable sources of income from strong companies, the author of today’s article argues that “the dividend stock landscape has changed somewhat, and investors should consider a variety of factors when hunting for returns.” What might income investors want to consider when it comes to the valuation, business performance and management outlook, and tax implications of dividend-paying stocks in this new landscape – and what three dividend stocks does the author highlight as strong picks? CLICK HERE.
The S&P 500 has had a remarkable year – but many funds have been doing even better and beating the index. In fact, the author of today’s article notes that over 660 funds have been beating the S&P 500 – and that three key themes account for the outperformance of many of those funds. What are these three “breakthrough trends” that the author believes will only increase in importance heading into 2018 – and what are some of the hundreds of funds that have been cashing in on them? CLICK HERE.
Be it value, growth, momentum, size, low volatility, some blend thereof – or something else entirely, factor investment strategies have been gaining popularity. In fact, one survey conducted this year found that almost half of asset owners reported using some kind of smart-beta strategy in their asset allocation. So why does the author of today’s article liken the use of factor strategies by some investors to the use of drugs by addicts? CLICK HERE.
If you knew that a series of economic crises were going to begin in less than 24 hours, in which of these five asset classes would you invest money for a 10-year period: real estate, gold, bonds, stocks or cash? According to one survey, the “investment of choice” of Americans is real estate – a choice that the author of today’s article sees as severely misguided. What do the returns of these asset classes for the 10-year period starting October 2007 indicate about where one’s money would be best placed? CLICK HERE.
Stocks have provided an annual real return of 7% over the past century – but the author of today’s article cautions that this will not be the case over the next several decades. Specially, he warns that “the stock market is now poised to deliver not even half its historical return” – and that this will have significant (negative) implications for both retirees and future retirees. What does he say to expect for returns in the coming decades, why – and what does it mean for current and future retirees? CLICK HERE.
Which stock is the best pick for playing the hot Internet of Things theme? RBC Capital believes that it has the answer: a company that sits at the very top of the IofT supply chain. Specifically, this company “codes the software that operates the machines that make the chips that make the Internet of Things possible.” What is the company in question – and do its financials warrant its designation as the best IofT stock? CLICK HERE.