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How to Feel Secure in Income Investing

Income investing encourages you to buy investments, such as stocks or bonds, that promise a steady stream of income; among stock investors, income and dividend investing are one and the same. For most [more…]

How to Understand the Types of Dividend Stocks

When you start shopping for dividend stocks and evaluating candidates, consider targeting a specific dividend category to narrow the field. After identifying a few prospects that meet your minimum dividend [more…]

Value Investing: How to Spot a Bargain

Some people are better at bargain hunting than others. What usually separates the clueless from the pros is that the pros know what something is worth. The same is true for finding bargains on Wall Street [more…]

Researching Dividend Stocks on the Internet

Tools, data, and analysis previously accessible only to investment professionals are now readily available on the Web 24/7 and are better and faster than ever. Many Web sites even provide free stock screeners [more…]

Skimming Investment Publications for Stock Information

Increasingly, information about the stock market is migrating to digital venues, including the Web, but don’t overlook traditional media, including newspapers and magazines. Most of the up-to-the-minute [more…]

How to Read a Company’s Balance Sheet

The balance sheet presents a financial snapshot of what the company owns and owes at a single point in time, typically at the end of each quarter. It’s essentially a net worth statement for a company. [more…]

How to Understand a Company’s Profits and Losses from Its Income Statement

The income statement (also known as the profit-and-loss or P&L statement) details all of the company’s revenues and expenses — how much the company receives in sales and how much the company spends to [more…]

How to Use a Cash Flow Statement When Making Investment Decisions

The cash flow statement is like the company’s checkbook register. It records the actual movement of all the cash in the company, showing which activities generated the money coming in and what was actually [more…]

How to Understand Dividend Yield

Yield (also known as dividend yield) is your dividend’s rate of return, and one of the most important numbers to consider. It enables you to compare stocks side-by-side, ensure that a particular stock [more…]

Choosing Stocks in Industries You Understand

The best investors focus on businesses they know and understand, or they carefully research an industry prior to evaluating specific companies in that industry. Before buying stock, savvy investors get [more…]

How to Approach Value Investing

The key to value investing is to follow a less biased and less emotional approach in estimating the true value of a stock. There are two schools of thought that attempt to do just that: Efficient Market [more…]

Considering the Price-to-Earnings Ratio When Investing

The price-to-earnings ratio or P/E (sometimes referred to as a multiple) indicates how much investors are willing to pay for each dollar of profit they stand to earn per year. For example, if an investor [more…]

How to Calculate the Payout Ratio of a Given Stock

Simply put, the payout ratio tells you how much of the company’s profits come back to you as a dividend. You become an investor for the profits, and a dividend investor specifically because you want to [more…]

How to Evaluate a Corporation Using Stock Ratios

Return on equity (ROE), quick ratio, debt covering ratio, debt-to-equity ratio and price-to-book ratio (PBR) are all ratios that can be calculated to provide clues about a company’s finances. [more…]

Reasons to Invest in Utility Comanies

When people think of income-producing stocks, the industry group that typically comes to mind first is utilities — electricity, gas, and water, to name a few. For dividend investors, utilities are attractive [more…]

How to Choose a Utility Company Stock for Investment

How can you know which utilities are good investments? Following is a list of characteristics to examine when evaluating a utility company for your dividend portfolio: [more…]

Investing in Energy Companies

Two types of energy stocks produce dividends: Major integrated oil and gas companies and the energy master limited partnerships, better known as MLPs. Though major oil companies may be an attractive option [more…]

Identifying the Downside of Energy Stock

Although investing in energy company stocks offers some attractive advantages, nothing is ever a one-way street. Buying stock in energy companies has some significant negatives you need to consider; these [more…]

Defining Master Limited Partnerships

At one time, real estate investment trusts, or REITs, held the majority of high yielding stocks, but the bursting of the housing bubble ended that run. For income investors, MLPs are the new REITs. [more…]

Investing in Telecommunication Stocks

Despite the competition, the telecom industry is experiencing huge growth as more people use more of its services. Consider buying some stock from telecommunications companies because they currently offer [more…]

Dividend Stock Purchasing: The Different Kinds of Consumer Goods Companies

Consumer goods companies are a sometimes-overlooked option for purchasing dividend stocks. Any company that manufactures or distributes products that people use falls into the consumer goods sector of [more…]

How to Recognize Good Signs in Consumer Goods Stocks

If you want to purchase stock in the consumer goods sector of the economy, look for a company with management that’s successful at maintaining or lowering the costs of goods sold while increasing sales [more…]

Defining Real Estate Investment Trusts

Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, provide a way for investors to receive capital appreciation and income from real estate without having to actually purchase and maintain property. It’s like being [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Buying Stock in Real Estate Investment Trusts

A Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) that pays a sizeable dividend and has a solid cash flow isn’t a sure thing, but it’s certainly worthy of consideration when you're looking to buy new stocks. When [more…]

How to Assess the Values of Real Estate Investment Trusts

Because Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) aren’t your average, everyday dividend stocks, using the criteria from other investments to evaluate them makes little sense. Determining the value of real [more…]

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