Assessing the current landscape for stocks, the author of today’s article notes that “First, almost nobody across Wall Street thinks we will have a recession in 2019.” He also notes that, while earnings are likely to be lower in 2019 than they were in 2018, there will still be upside – and the Fed could very well not raise interest rates at all. With this in mind, he proceeds to highlight six Buy-rated stocks with solid dividends (and the best volatility ratings) to consider buying this year. For more, CLICK HERE.
While the Federal Reserve just raised interest rates again as expected, many Fed watchers believe that the central bank will not be as aggressive in raising rates next year as previously anticipated – and could even lower rates if economic growth slows. How could investors go about playing such a change in Fed policy? After a primer on what the Fed does (and doesn’t do) when it comes to stocks, today’s article identifies some strategies. For more, CLICK HERE.
“REITs now could be flashing one of their strongest buy signals in years,” declares the author of today’s article. He proceeds to discuss some of the pressures that real estate investment trusts have been contending with recently (including interest rate hikes and inflation fears) that may have left REITs undervalued compared to stocks and corporate bonds – and highlights some potentially attractive office REIT, mall REIT and REIT fund picks. For more, 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.
It may defy reason – especially with the Federal Reserve having hiked its benchmark interest rate three times in six months – but bonds continue to do well. In fact, the author of today’s article observes that “fixed-income securities across the board are up this year.” He proceeds to highlight the ten top-performing fixed-income exchange-traded funds so far in 2017 – all of which are up by double-digit percentages. To find out what these ETFs are – as well as for the common thread shared by many of them – CLICK HERE.
If you aren’t familiar with convertible bonds, now may be the time to get familiar with them. As today’s article explains, “convertible bonds pay a regular interest coupon, just like a bond, but if the stock of the issuing company does well, the owner of the bond can convert it into shares and make an even bigger profit” – and the author proceeds to outline why convertibles may be a particularly smart buy now. What are the three reasons he highlights – and what have studies found to be the “sweet spot” when it comes to the percentage of a portfolio allocated to convertibles? CLICK HERE to find out.
Higher interest rates hurt dividend stocks, especially high-yielding dividend stocks….right? The author of today’s article points out that this is not always the case: “Many high-yield dividend payers don’t care about the interest-rate boogeyman – and some actually outperform the market when the Fed lifts rates.” He proceeds to highlight five high-yield dividend payers – including an auto insurance company, two upscale REITS, and a business development company – that fall into this group. To find out what these investments – with yields up to 9.7 % are – CLICK HERE.
With interest rates rising, as well as additional headwinds from a weak holiday quarter for the retail industry and several high-profile store closings and bankruptcies, real estate investment trusts have been feeling the pain of late. However, analysts at Capital One see this as “an opportunity to acquire high-quality shopping center REITs at a discount.” Today’s article highlights the analysts’ top two picks, both of which have little exposure to the problematic tenants currently generating negative headlines. To find out what these two REITs are, CLICK HERE.
With the nation’s economic health improving, interest rates on the rise, and the prospect of less regulation under the incoming Trump administration, 2017 appears to be shaping up well for financial stocks – which have already benefited from the post-election Trump rally. Today’s article highlights seven financial stocks that – with 60% or greater positive share price movement – “not only outperformed the market, but also possess solid growth prospects.” To see what these seven financial stocks are, 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.