Dividends and Buybacks Drive Stock Returns

The return of capital by companies to shareholders is a key contributor to long-term returns. A forthcoming study by Morningstar’s Philip Straehl and Yale’s Roger Ibbotson attributes more than two-thirds of the real (inflation-adjusted) return in stock prices for the period of 1871 through 2014 to total yield. Return of capital includes both dividends and…

 

Defined-Maturity Funds: A Bond Alternative With Compromises

This article originally appeared in the October 2013 issue of the AAII Journal. Interested in the benefits that individual bonds can offer, but not ready for the complications? The hybrid defined-maturity bond funds are one alternative. What are they and what do you need to know before investing? As the name implies, defined-maturity bonds cease…