U.S. Stock Market

Are U.S. Dividend Stocks Overpriced?

Written by Ben Carlson US dividend stocks have had a great run.  They outperformed during the 2000-2002 bear market.  They held their own in the ensuing bull market of 2003-2007. They have also made great investments since the 2008 downturn and subsequent recovery. Since 2008, as measured by the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY), US dividend stocks are outperforming the S&P 500 by nearly 25% through the end of October. This is quite a nice run for an investment that is generally considered to ...

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Four Quadrants for a Better Understanding of Your Portfolio

The Dividend Guy has been very generous. He has provided me an excellent guest post for you over on The Dividend Pig. The post is from a chapter of his new eBook, and is titled: Four Quadrants for a Better Understanding of Your Portfolio. It’s a great post with an easy to use analysis that will help you become a better investor. It will help you become more informed about the dividend stocks you purchase. That analysis involves the use of quadrants. The material comes from Mike’s new eBook, ...

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Building My Portfolio for Retirement, with Dividends and Bonds

In my mid to late 40’s, my focus of late has been more on planning for retirement and how I will generate a consistent monthly income to fund my retirement. I find myself in between the need to increase my portfolio through capital appreciation, but also for the need to generate monthly income in retirement. I can take early retirement nine years from now, and I fully plan on doing so! What I will need at that time is monthly income. I’ve weighed the pros and cons. I’ve come to the conclusion ...

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Website Income Versus Dividend Stocks

I’ve written a guest post for Young and Thrifty on passive income, titled Website Income vs Dividend Stocks: Which One Comes Out On Top?   Once I started seriously investing in divided paying stocks, I was amazed in such a short period of time how quickly dividend income can build a portfolio. For me dividend stocks are a great investment. As long as I’m investing in big blue-chip companies that have a reasonable dividend yield, and ignore the short-term market swings, I don’t lose sleep ...

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