Economic concerns in Europe and uncertainty as to whether the U.S. economy has turned a corner had the markets seeing red for much of the day until some late-day buying, led by several commodity plays kicked in.
Best Buy (BBY) came out with bad news about guidance as well as an announcement they will be shuttering 50 stores. BBY is a stock we continue to steer clear of, even as the company is portrayed as a value gem among some of Wall Street’s bargain shoppers. Fertilizer play Mosaic (MOS) was also lower following the company’s earnings report. Elsewhere, negative Wall Street analyst calls hurt shares of Whole Foods (WFM), PNC Financial (PNC), and American Express (AXP). Again, it’s been a strong quarter for many names, so a bit of profit taking is certainly expected from traders. Back to the rebound names, Peabody Energy (BTU), Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), and Caterpillar (CAT) all saw buyers take a taste following the recent selling.
I was just reading an interesting nugget out of credit information company TransUnion, which studied the payment patterns of 4 million Americans with at least one car loan, one credit card, and a home mortgage.
Among individuals who were late on any of those payments last year, 39 percent were delinquent on the mortgage while current on the car loan and credit cards, and 17 percent were late on credit cards while current on the other two.
In Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko’s book The Millionaire Next Door, the authors wrote about how little emphasis “under the radar” millionaires placed on driving new cars. I have the same mindset and my preference is to put my money to work while enjoying other goodies. It’s a personal choice of course, but pricey monthly car payments should be toward the bottom of anyone’s list, if the goal is to build wealth. If you have already reached a level of success where money is not as big a concern, then by all means indulge. Hoarding money forever doesn’t make much sense either!Sharing a Vision
Legendary Microsoft founder Bill Gates has always believed that smart people broken up into small teams can solve big issues. He has been quoted as saying, “It is important to have someone you fully trust, who is totally committed, shares your vision, yet who has a little bit different set of skills that can also act as a check on you and will make sure you have thought things through.”
I can think of two situations where this quote directly describes my life as it is now. With Dividend.com, we have a small team that coordinates all decisions and visions before we take the necessary steps to move forward. It is a formula that has worked wonders for myself and our organization so far.
Additionally, no one is closer to me on a personal level than my spouse. Without my wife believing and supporting everything I have wanted to do for our family over the past two decades, I couldn’t have achieved everything I have. So if you have a core support at home and in your career, you can indeed conquer a lot of your goals. For everyone out there who has seen success, my guess is Mr. Gates’ thoughts probably jibe with what you’ve seen in our own life. For those who are still on their way to big successes in life, keep these thoughts in your back pocket and see if you can indeed use this roadmap to get where you want to be both personally and professionally.New MLP Report Just Released!
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We recently updated our list of dividend stocks that have been paying out dividends for 25 years or more. Be sure to check out the latest list of names here.Dividends Really Matter
Financial blog DailyReckoning.com recently took a look at the difference dividend payouts made in the overall return investors saw throughout the prior decades. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Nasdaq is down 28% since the end of 1999. Even the “blue chip” S&P 500 stocks are down 15% during that time frame…until you add back those “boring” dividends. With dividends included, the S&P 500′s 15% loss flips to a 6% gain.
- Without dividends, the S&P 500 index would have produced a loss for the 25 long years from August 1929 to August 1954. Then again, without dividends, the S&P 500 produced a 5% loss during the 13 years from September 1961 to September 1974. But with dividends included, the S&P’s loss became a 46% gain.
- Over the course of the last half-century, dividends have contributed more than half of the stock market’s total return — 56%, to be exact.
Of course, you can’t discuss the potency of dividend investing without making mention of how awesome compound returns are. I can’t stress enough the power of compound interest: you take a small amount of money and turn it into a large amount over time. Finding the right companies at the right price points which not only grow earnings, but also grow their dividend payouts as well!New Watchlist Article Out Today
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