Companies that give their investors a raise each year have consistently outperformed the broader stock market. Using data dating back to 1972, companies that initiated or grew their dividends generated an average total annual return of 10.1% versus 7.7% for the S&P 500, according to a study by Ned Davis Research. Given that history, investors should zero in on dividend growth stocks since they have a higher probability of outperforming both non-payers and non-growers.
Canada’s Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), a marijuana cultivator and distributor, has given early investors the ride of their lives since going public last June. Last week, for instance, the company’s stock peaked at exactly $300 per share, representing a jaw-dropping 856% gain for the brave souls that bought this speculative IPO right off the bat.
Social Security is an incredibly important program to U.S. senior citizens. The benefits paid by Social Security represent about one-third of all income among seniors, and a majority of Social Security beneficiaries receive 50% or more of their income from their retirement benefits.
Every investor wants the kind of stock you can buy and forget about. These are the kinds of stocks that will rack up giant returns over time as their competitive advantages accrue, much as the FANG group of stocks has over the last decade. They often operate in timeless businesses that are insulated from broader changes in technology or consumer tastes.
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, and it’s safe to say that Sonos(NASDAQ:SONO) didn’t get it right the first time. The maker of high-end wireless speakers has seen its stock plummet 22% over the past four trading days, taking a hit after its first quarterly report as a public company failed to impress the market.
Marijuana stocks are on fire, and it’s certainly not hard to understand why. Euphoria is exceptionally high (pardon the pun) with Canada set to legalize the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana exactly five weeks from today. A legal weed industry is one that could bring in billions of dollars annually, which is a big reason why investors have pushed marijuana stock valuations into the stratosphere.
There’s a growing epidemic in the U.S. and other developed nations and there aren’t any available treatments to tackle the problem. Right now, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is damaging around 20 million livers in the U.S., and it’s quickly becoming the No. 1 reason to join a transplant waitlist.
Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:ICPT), Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc.(NASDAQ:MDGL), and Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) are three top stocks for investing this arena, which could be worth as much as $35 billion annually by 2020. There are plenty of companies with NASH candidates, but these three biotechs rise to the top of the list for some very different reasons.
A major pension crisis has made its way to Harvey, Illinois. Now, the whole State might suffer while you foot part of the bill…
In a city with 20% unemployment, property taxes over 5%, and home values declining by 80% over the last decade, greed and incompetence from Harvey, Illinois’ government seem to have a higher priority over solving economic problems.
Since Illinois doesn’t allow cities to file bankruptcy on pension debt, each fund has to be “paid.” So Harvey has to cough up tax revenue to pay down its debt.
But the funds aren’t there, and robbing Peter to pay Paul can only last so long.
Citizens of All 50 States Will be Affected
The pension crisis unfolding in Illinois serves as a stark warning to local governments across the country.
According to a mid-2017 report by Lombardi, all 50 states might experience profound pension challenges:
“A study of the 649 different pension systems…found systematic problems with the assumptions underlying many trusts… This will have profound effects on citizens of all 50 states… In short, a pension crisis is in the works.”
The “crisis in the works” is unfolding, now. Back in 2012, 37 of 50 state pension plans were underfunded. Six years later, almost every single state in the Union has an “unbalanced budget due to runaway pension costs”.
Plus, outdated State pension plans are eating up the tax revenue of their respective state budgets.
How to Hedge Against the Risk
As “hidden debt” eats away at state budgets, you might end up footing the tax bill. The implosion of an outdated pension system could result in retirees losing all of their retirement benefits.
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The gaming industry may not be the first place you would look for dividend stocks, but it has some surprisingly strong dividends right now. Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS), Wynn Resorts(NASDAQ:WYNN), and Melco Resorts (NASDAQ:MLCO) all have strong cash flows and solid dividend yields for investors.
If you want to take the pulse of the North American oil and gas market, one of the best places to start is Halliburton‘s (NYSE:HAL) quarterly conference call. As the largest oil services company in North America and with clients of all sizes across every shale basin, management has an intimate knowledge of what is going on in the oil patch at any given moment. Listening to, or reading a transcript of, Halliburton’s quarterly conference calls can give investors insights into the market that can help steer investment decisions.