With the bull market in its 10th year, the stock market challenging all-time highs, and assorted economic and political concerns, investors may be considering rotating out of growth stocks and into value stocks – but the author of today’s article advises “value investors had better be very cautious about what sort of ‘value’ they are looking for”, noting that “they often ignore or overlook the signs that a value trap is just about to eat into their assets.” He proceeds to outline “11 specific areas that investors need to consider when it comes to value investing now that the stock market has again challenged new all-time highs.” For more, CLICK HERE.
“I don’t want to be that finger-wagging personal finance person who lectures people on how to spend their money. But I can’t help but wonder how many people are over-extending themselves to buy a nice car in lieu of saving for retirement or college for their children or a house down payment or anything else that’s probably more important than the new car smell,” states the author of today’s article in regards to what he sees as a potential “killer to your finances”: car loan debt. Fortunately, he offers up some strategies to consider to mitigate vehicle damage to your budget. For more, CLICK HERE.
In a further sign that marijuana has attained legitimacy on Wall Street, Merrill Lynch has initiated coverage on the sector in recent months – and analysts at the firm are particularly optimistic about the prospects of five cannabis companies, whose stocks they rate as Buy. For these five marijuana stocks – including what could be “an off-the-radar play for investors looking for a marijuana play with lower name recognition” – CLICK HERE.
Against the backdrop of the results of the most recent stress tests for the big banks, today’s article highlights a “gem” of a regional bank – one that has outperformed the S&P 500, the Big 4 banks and the broad financial sector ETF over the past 20 years and outperformed the SPDR Regional Bank ETF since its inception. Moreover, this bank has increased its dividend for 25 years straight, held up well in the face of the subprime mortgage crisis, and has executives with skin in the game. For the bank in question, which may be worth keeping an eye on as the interest rate and economic environments evolve, CLICK HERE.
How can the S&P 500 be underperforming the market when the S&P 500 is the market? Because, as the author of today’s article explains, the S&P 500 isn’t the market and, indeed, “the S&P 500, including dividends, has been underperforming the so-called Total Market Index for over 18½ years.” What are the three primary explanations as to how the total market manages to beat the benchmark – and what are some funds to consider for exposure to the total market (including what may be the best overall total market ETF)? CLICK HERE.
“Making money on marijuana (cannabis with high content of intoxicating THC) and hemp (cannabis that contains low content of THC) will be extremely difficult — except perhaps in one specific area,” advises the author of today’s article, who outlines where he believes the real money in marijuana won’t be made (growers and pharmaceutical companies, to be exact) and that “one specific area” where he believes it will be made. For more, CLICK HERE.
Of the 57 Dividend Aristocrats in the S&P 500 Index currently, today’s article singles out three for recommendation, “as they have the lowest level of dividend risk and high expected returns over the next five years.” For these three dividend stocks “offer[ing] the combination of a market-beating dividend yield, low stock valuation, and strong earnings growth potential” – including a recent addition to the S&P Dividend Aristocrats and a company whose high yield makes it unique among Dividend Aristocrats – CLICK HERE.
After a strong first half of 2019, the author of today’s article suggests that investors consider a particular strategy tweak for the second half of the year, a tweak that can be summarized in just four words: “Buy gold, sell bonds.” For the rationale behind this tweak – i.e. why gold is attractive again and why “A perfect way to fund a gold investment might be selling down your bond exposure” – CLICK HERE.