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Buying Dividend Stocks in Banks

Banks have always paid dividends, but for most of the 1990s they posted yields below 3 percent. Then, in the first decade of the new century, banks became great stocks for dividend investors by offering [more…]

Knowing the Advantages of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

For dividend stock investors who are looking to build wealth over the long haul, few (if any) investment programs can compete with the many advantages [more…]

Recognizing the Disadvantages of Dividend Reinvestment Plans

As with most things in the world of investing, dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) have some potential negatives — or at least some points you should consider that counterbalance the many things that make [more…]

How to Diversify Your Dividends with Mutual Funds

One of the biggest challenges to creating a diverse portfolio is coming up with enough money to purchase a wide variety of stocks. In addition, paying sales commissions on all those transactions, tracking [more…]

How to Invest in Dividend-Focused Mutual Funds

Mutual funds abound, and many of them focus more on capital appreciation than on dividends and income, so you have to be selective. For information that’s more focused on mutual funds, check out the following [more…]

How to Spot a Profitable Mutual Fund

As a dividend investor, you shouldn’t expect a mutual fund’s return from capital appreciation to beat an index that holds growth stocks. However, you do want to see less volatility in the net asset value [more…]

Understanding Exchange-Traded Mutual Funds

Exchange-traded funds, better known as ETFs, are the mutual funds for the 21st century. They’re investment companies similar to mutual funds but have some significant differences and advantages. The easiest [more…]

How to Invest in Global Dividends

One beautiful thing about dividends is that they aren’t limited to the U.S. You can go global with dividends, investing in both mature, developed economies and emerging, fast-growing economies. In the [more…]

Resolving Currency and Tax Concerns When Investing Globally

Currency issues in foreign shares arise because, well, they trade on foreign markets in foreign currencies. If you're buying foreign stocks with U.S. dollars, every buy and sell transaction or dividend [more…]

How to Use the Relative Dividend Yield Strategy to Choose Stocks

To determine whether a stock is underpriced or expensive, the relative dividend yield (RDY) strategy compares a stock’s yield to the dividend yield of the broader market. [more…]

How to Use the Dividend Connection Strategy to Select Stocks

According to the dividend connection approach, you buy blue-chip stocks that have dropped in price and attained a historically high yield. You sell when the price is high and the yield is low. [more…]

Adopting a Dogs of the Dow Approach to Picking Stocks

The Dogs of the Dow strategy uses dividends to find out-of-favor stocks that can beat the market. Instead of looking at the broad market or even the 500-stock universe of the S&P 500, this strategy focuses [more…]

Buying and Selling Dividend Stocks through a Full-Service Broker

A full-service broker does everything a discount broker does and then some. She can help you develop an investment strategy that’s suitable for your situation and goals, suggest particular stocks, issue [more…]

Buying and Selling Dividend Stocks through a Discount Broker

Discount brokers are best for the do-it-yourself stock investor. If you like to do your own investing and stock market research, understand how to trade stocks, and don’t want investment products pushed [more…]

Understanding Different Buy and Sell Orders When Managing Stocks

Everyone knows you can buy and sell shares of stock on the stock market. Some investors, however, don’t realize the nuances of the different buy and sell orders — market orders, time orders, limit orders [more…]

Common Dividend Investing Mistakes

In the world of investing and the stock market, you can never completely eliminate risk, but you can reduce it by making more good decisions and fewer bad ones as you buy stocks. [more…]

Clearing Up Common Dividend Misconceptions

Stock market investors and analysts often take sides on the issue of investing in dividend stocks. On one side are the cheerleaders who believe dividend stocks are the next best thing to free money. On [more…]

How Do I Handle Investments when Stocks Are Up?

The market returns of 2009 and 2010 have been above average, leading many investors to wonder, “What do I do now?” Concerns about how to handle a rising stock market is just as prominent as how to handle [more…]

Starting a Share Portfolio

Here’s some advice on how to get started in the sharemarket and what you need to buy shares and build up a solid, diversified share portfolio. Avoid picking stocks at random: Find a good broker, do your [more…]

Maintaining Your Share Investment Portfolio

Investing in shares is a long-term commitment. You don’t need to be sitting in front of your computer all day, but when you do have a well-constructed share portfolio underway you need to monitor the sharemarket [more…]

10 Things to Remember about Owning Shares

Investing in shares is a great way to increase your wealth. Stock market crashes do happen (as we saw in the global financial crisis of 2008–2009), and there can be a long, slow path to full recovery, [more…]

Share Investing For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

Anyone can buy shares, and investing in the sharemarket can grow your wealth better than any other investment. Understanding how the stock market works, researching companies, assessing the risk and using [more…]

Investing in Overseas Exchange-Traded Funds

Over 3,700 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are available globally, but only a small number of these (around 60) are listed locally in Australia or New Zealand. For this reason, Australian and New Zealand [more…]

Putting Together an Exchange-Traded Fund Portfolio

Investing a small amount in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) can give you exposure to a huge range of equities and other asset types, such as property, commodities and bonds. Investing in four or five ETFs [more…]

Investing in Exchange-Traded Funds in Australia and New Zealand: The Basics

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is designed to track the price movement of a chosen index such as the S&P/ASX 200 in Australia or the NZX 50 in New Zealand. Typically, an ETF is made up of a basket of stocks [more…]

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