Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2 Big Dividends to Avoid (and 1 to Embrace)

The following post comes from the Motley Fool. It serves as a nice reminder that bigger is not always better when looking at dividend yield.

With yields on ultra-safe debt stuck in the gutter, many investors are reaching for higher income through dividend-paying stocks. That's a fine strategy -- as long as you're comfortable with the extra risks involved.

To minimize those risks, you won't want to reach too high. Dividend yields that are more than about 4%, for example, are usually worth extra research. You'll also want to screen for dividends that are backed up by strong earnings and sales growth. Ideally, those dividends will have a good chance of rising -- or at least staying put.  READ MORE

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My Annual Roth IRA Rant

It's tax time. Time for everyone to get a fresh reminder that Uncle Sam is a greedy old fart who takes away a lot of your money. Oh, and next year most of you will be paying even more. Are you ok with that? I should hope not, but don't fret there is a way to fight back. Invest your money in a Roth IRA.

Those of you who have followed me know I'm a huge proponent of Roth IRAs and dividend stocks. It gives me great pleasure to receive dividend payments in my Roth IRA account, reinvest those dividends to utilize the compounding affect, and not have to worry about paying a cent to the IRS.