A Year Makes a Big Difference for Bonds

Posted on May 23, 2014 | Dividend Investing

This morning, the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note was 2.53%. The last time we saw bond yields fluctuate around this level was in October 2013.

The return of calm to the bond markets is notable, because this time last year a storm was tearing through fixed-income holdings.

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Tug of War

Posted on May 16, 2014 | Dividend Investing

The bulls and the bears continued their tug-of-war during the week. Shortly after the S&P 500 hit an all-time high, breaking the 1,900 barrier, stocks retreated on Wednesday and Thursday as investors piled into safer government bonds. The stock market being near all-time highs, coupled with lower bond yields, seems to point to the fact that investors are hesitant about sitting on the sides. They want to put their money to work but are simply not sure how long the current bull market has to run.

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 5/9/2014

Posted on May 9, 2014 | Dividend Investing

Over the past few months, numerous analysts have started to voice concerns about a possible tech bubble causing a pullback in many technology stocks. However, we believe this is only part of the story. The main market shift that we have seen is a rotation from more aggressive growth companies to more defensive, mature companies.

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 5/2/2014

Posted on May 2, 2014 | Dividend Investing

Market sentiment during 2014 so far seems to be overwhelmingly neutral. Low interest rates, slowly declining unemployment and an increase in mergers and acquisitions and initial public offering activities provide a great environment for equities…

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 4/25/2014

Posted on April 25, 2014 | Dividend Investing

We have a lot of earnings news to share with you this week, with 11 DI stocks having reported. Overall, the results reported by DI holdings were better than forecast.

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 4/17/2014

Posted on April 17, 2014 | Dividend Investing

After last week’s volatility, we’re guessing many investors appreciated the comparative calm of this week. Next week will bring earnings reports from 160 members of the S&P 500 index, giving us a chance to see what traders really think about first-quarter earnings.

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 4/11/2014

Posted on April 11, 2014 | Dividend Investing

We’re not going to sugarcoat this week’s downward volatility, but we do want to point out that the broader market indexes held up better than the headlines suggest. The S&P 500 index fell 2.7%, the NASDAQ lost about 3.1% and the Dow Jones industrial average gave back 2.4%.

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Shareholder Yield Measures All Company Distributions

Posted on April 8, 2014 | Dividend Investing

AAII Dividend Investing seeks out companies that have a shareholder focus exhibited by distributing excess cash, preferably through consistent and increasing dividends. Dividend increases are an important signaling device. Higher dividends provide a signal to the market that the company is confident in the stability and growth of future earnings.

The dividend yield is the most common way to measure the dividend level over time and across a range of companies. The dividend yield is calculated by dividing the indicated dividend by the current stock price. The indicated dividend is the anticipated cash dividend payment over the next year. Since most U.S. companies pay dividends quarterly, the indicated dividend is normally the latest quarterly dividend times four.

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 4/4/2014

Posted on April 4, 2014 | Dividend Investing

The April 2013 Monthly Report, which is now on the DI website, provides a full explanation of what we’re doing and why. It also explains how to follow the changes. We recommend reading it.

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DIVIDEND INVESTING ALERT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 3/28/2014

Posted on March 28, 2014 | Dividend Investing

A breakup was announced this week. Well, actually there were two breakups announced, but we’ll leave the Gwyneth Paltrow/Chris Martin split to the tabloids, because we’re much more interested in Baxter International (BAX).

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