The Case Against Monthly Dividend Stocks

This may sound like heresy to some of you reading this, but I am becoming more and more convinced that monthly dividends are a lazy management team’s way to get out of providing attractive dividend growth for investors. Over the last several years, a significant number of high yield master limited partnerships (MLPs), real estate […]

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Buy These 3 Contrarian Stocks for Under $12 Before the End of the Quarter

Hunting down winning contrarian stocks is not an easy task. It takes discipline and the willingness to go against the herd, but the rewards can be extremely lucrative. Let us do the legwork in chasing down the winners while you reap the profits. My regular readers know that I pride myself on being a long […]

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Your Alma Mater is a Better Investor than You: Here’s Why

True market enthusiasts are always interested in new strategies — more importantly, market-beating strategies, and we’ve found one at your local university. With some universities returning 20.2 percent for fiscal 14, we have a lot to learn.  It’s that time of the year that major university endowments are releasing their results for fiscal 2014. You […]

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The 3 Best Chinese Stocks to Buy Now (and They’re Not Alibaba)

Investors looking for Chinese stocks to buy in 2014 got an amazing opportunity with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA), the largest IPO in U.S. history, when it started trading Sept. 19. While Alibaba (which is actually based in the Cayman Islands, not China) is the biggest player in the Chinese e-commerce market, it’s not […]

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5 Low Volatility ETFs for Volatile Days

Although investors usually associate volatility with a bearish stock market, it actually concerns the tendency for a stock – or even an index – to make wild swings in either direction. Since investors fear swings to the downside, bearish volatility is all that matters. Perhaps this is why the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index […]

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Death Cross: Ignore the Media Frenzy and Start Buying

Monday marked the first ‘death cross’ for the Russell 2000 index in several years. The statement alone is ominous enough to force the market into a selloff. But, death cross is actually a term used by chartists and technicians to relates to price movements. In basic terms, the 50-day moving average (average closing price over […]

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3 E&P Plays To Pick Up For Another Brutal Winter

Early autumn often presents a prime period to pick up shares of oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) stocks. Last winter provided a preview for what this coming winter could have in store for us and E&Ps stocks did well. This year E&P should fare even better with dramatic share price drops over the […]

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Double Your Returns With These Stocks About to Go Ex-Dividend

Dividend capture strategies have been espoused by investors for a number of years now as a way of collecting dividends without tying up your money for too long. The problem is that in the long run most never completely work out as you’re more likely to see losses around the time when you should expect […]

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Buy These 3 Biotech Stocks Ready to Rebound

Small biotech and pharma stocks have not yet fully recovered from their deep sell-off in early March. Bret Jensen is using the negative sentiment that drove these stocks down earlier this year to selectively add shares before a potential turnaround.  Small biotech and pharma stocks have not yet fully recovered from their deep sell-off triggered […]

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4 High-Yield Stocks to Buy Now Before the Fed Hikes Rates

Fear in the stock market rends to paint all of the stocks in a specific sector with the same red brush. However, this can spell opportunity as rising interest rates do not affect all REITs equally. There are a handful of companies that actually stand to benefit from the Fed’s tightened monetary policy.  Fear in […]

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A Different Way to Trade Hot IPO Stocks: ETFs

All of the excitement about Friday’s Initial Purchase Offering (IPO) of Alibaba (BABA) sparked a wave of IPO fever among those who felt that they “missed out” on all of the excitement surrounding the highly-hyped IPOs of Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR).  Those who bought Facebook at $38.23 per share on its first day of […]

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3 Must-Own Stocks Profiting from New American Grocery Habits

There has been a revolution in American eating habits. Preference has shifted towards healthier items, which is changing the landscape of the industry. Capitalize on this trend with these three food companies.  A lot of things have changed over the last six years. The S&P 500 has gone from the mid-1200s to over 2000. The […]

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Positive Earnings Surprises Will Boost These 5 Stocks

Low gas prices and interest rates have left American consumers with more money in their pockets. This should lead to quarterly earnings surprises for some consumer discretionary stocks. With the Federal Reserve reiterating its low-interest rate policy, and with oil and gas prices lower thanks to the U.S. shale boom, American consumers are left with […]

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