Wheeling and Dealing

Posted on June 27, 2014 | Dividend Investing

Mergers and acquisitions seem to be the market theme this year. Corporations flush with cash are opening their wallets in hopes of gaining market share and enhancing their competitive position. According to Forbes, global mergers and acquisitions activity deals have surpassed $1.75 trillion year-to-date, the highest level since the first half of 2007, before the Great Recession.

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DI Companies Are Playing ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Posted on June 20, 2014 | Dividend Investing

We have news of another potential merger in the DI portfolio. At the start of this week, Medtronic Inc. (MDT) reached an agreement to purchase Covidien Plc (COV). Details about the merger can be found in the News and Notes section below. The announcement has made headlines less for the merger itself, however, and more for Medtronic’s move of its corporate headquarters to Ireland.

Ireland is known for its low corporate tax rate and this fact has been brought up in articles about the merger. Due to the higher scrutiny being given to corporate tax issues lately, we don’t know if this will present a hurdle for Medtronic or not. There are business reasons to justify the merger as well. Nonetheless, Ireland’s tax rate is what is making the headlines right now.

If the merger is completed, the tax status of the dividend would change. Medtronic’s dividend would go from being domestic to foreign. We are waiting for Medtronic to give guidance on the tax treatment of the dividend before explaining how the change will impact U.S. investors. We can tell you, however, that the United States does a have a tax treaty with Ireland.

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A Spin-Off Is Forthcoming

Posted on June 13, 2014 | Dividend Investing

This type of transaction involves selling the assets to a smaller company, then creating a subsidiary that in turn merges with the smaller company to create a new company. This complicated type of transaction allows the parent company to avoid incurring taxes on the transaction.

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A New Stock and the June Monthly Report

Posted on June 6, 2014 | Dividend Investing

Details about our stock change and a thorough introduction to our latest addition can be found in the June Monthly Report, but we’ll give you an overview here…

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Corporate Revenues Are Going to Change

Posted on May 30, 2014 | Dividend Investing

The manner in which many corporations report sales is going to change. This week, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) agreed on a proposal for when companies should recognize revenues. The change resolves what had been a mix of various rules. Here is how the IASB and FASB described it:

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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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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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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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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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