Defining Yield: A Word of Many Meanings

The term “yield” is thrown about often by the financial press and others. The trouble is that yield has many different meanings and implications for investors. This article will try and sort out some of the major differences. It will not, however, attempt to present mathematically all of the possible yield calculations created by institutions…

 

Chasing Dividend Yield for Income: Three Reasons to Be Wary

Financial advisors use a variety of investment strategies to replace retiree employment salaries or business income. These include bond ladders, systematic withdrawal programs (SWPs), guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit (GMWB) products, and even strategies in the relatively new category of target payout funds. But one of the most common approaches is the dividend yield strategy. Relying…

 

Screening for Dividend Income

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Reinvesting Dividends The approach used in managing AAII’s Dividend Investing portfolio is to allocate proceeds received from dividend payments to cash. The cash, along with any proceeds from the sale of holdings in excess of the average size of all DI holdings, is then…

 

Dividends Are Still Valuable

This week’s AAII Weekly Digest highlights these “must-read” AAII articles:   Cash Dividend Types, Dates and Taxes Though most investors know that a cash dividend is the distribution of money to shareholders, dividend terminology is not as well-understood. Terminology such as ordinary dividend, special dividend, ex-dividend and record date has unique and important meanings investors…

 

Taking on Risk and Hoping the Strategy Doesn’t Backfire

Oh boy. There’s something new to be filed under the category of, “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time.” It is cash secured puts on the S&P 500. According to The Wall Street Journal, pension funds in Hawaii and South Carolina are using the strategy to generate income. It is a strategy…

 

AAII’s Top Articles for May 2016

Here are the Top 10 articles from AAII.com for May 2016 (based on unique page views): The Top 10 Economic Indicators: What to Watch and Why Everyone wants to keep a pulse on the economy, but no one wants to wade through the massive volume of statistics. A look at the top 10 economic indicators…

 

What is the Most Tax-Efficient Investment?

An AAII member recently asked, “What is the most tax-efficient investment?” Before you answer, stop and give the question some thought. The answer is not as straightforward as it may seem. A few factors influence the tax efficiency of investing. One, of course, is the type of investment. Municipal bonds receive very favorable tax treatment,…

 

The Power of Compounded Growth and Reinvested Dividends

What’s the allure of dividend-paying stocks? Dividends provide a segment of return that is always positive. Increases in dividends provide an increased positive cash return and, consequently, increase the value of the instrument producing that return. Positive fluctuations are normal in the world of cash payments to shareholders; negative fluctuations are a rarity. Over time,…