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11-Apr-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 11-Apr-2016 8:15 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, Brent crude is firming up in price trading at $41.94 per barrel. U.S. politics have made numerous comments about not allowing mergers to occur. These mergers have taken U.S. big pharma and biotech companies. The mergers reduced the U.S. tax revenue. Clearly not all sectors are all going up or all going down. ... (more)

04-Apr-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 4-Apr-2016 8:22 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good Morning. Stocks are trending higher-and-higher. This is positive news for short-term traders. If stocks are trending higher through the election, then the market may have substantial upside. As you read this issue, please keep a focus upon the gains earned by buying assets selling at a discount. The $IVR mREIT common share is selling at a 24.6% discount to NAV. ... (more)

28-Mar-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 28-Mar-2016 8:10 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, 3M is a “cash cow”. Their daily finances ensure the company operates at a successful day-to-day basis. 3M is an ideal company for these markets. 3M is consistently incre... (more)

21-Mar-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 21-Mar-2016 7:29 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, My focus continues to develop a diversified portfolio with a growing income stream. The strongest utilities have the capital base to be opportunistic. I am adding Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today.... (more)

14-Mar-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 14-Mar-2016 8:24 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, We have had solid success since mid-January. Our biggest position is CYS Investments (CYS). The name is up 26.7% between purchase date of Jan 18th, 2016 and Friday. Our 2,000 position and dividends have worked nicely. ... (more)

07-Mar-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 7-Mar-2016 7:30 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The SP500 closed up last week. This bullish event occurs hand-in-hand with oil trading above $36-per-barrel. I am bullish on equities and oil. In the U.S., job growth remains solid. Wage prices remain stagnant. This occurs when U.S. jobs are transferred to inexpensive locations. ... (more)

29-Feb-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 29-Feb-2016 8:06 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The market appears to be irrational at times. The valuation doesn’t appear to be based upon fundamental valuations. I am adding preferred stock and less risky securities. Preferred securities have priority over common stock. ... (more)

22-Feb-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 22-Feb-2016 6:20 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The U.S. equity market experienced up and down days. This is nothing new especially since mid 4th quarter of 2015. I continue to look at two key data instruments: 1) Federal Reserve interest rates, and 2) oil prices. Oil prices traded at $29.82 on Monday. Oil stockpiles were at an 86-year high. I’m trying to stay away oil-related sectors. Stable oil prices should help out the overall equity markets. In this issue I discuss ... (more)

15-Feb-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 15-Feb-2016 18:59 pm (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The U.S. equity market ended last week on a high note. Oil prices traded at $29.82 on Monday. Oil stockpiles were at an 86-year high. I’m trying to stay away oil-related sectors. Stable oil prices should help out the overall equity markets. In this issue I discuss General Motors. I believe the position is priced at an attractive price with an attractive yield. Alex - errata: We mistakenly forgot to include CEF Corner article. This updated version of newsletter contains it. We apologize for any confusion caused. ... (more)

08-Feb-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 8-Feb-2016 9:05 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, Interest rates and oil prices continue to cause U.S. equity volatility. The U.S. equity markets ended on a positive note. Numerous events have caused market indices to incre... (more)

01-Feb-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 1-Feb-2016 4:52 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The market has numerous issues to watch. The U.S. equity markets ended on a positive note. Numerous events have caused indices to increase in price. Investors were pricing in (4), during 2016, Federal Interest Rate increases. The Fed Futures have changed to reflect a decreased chance of higher rates. In this issue I discuss Kinder Morgan (Kinder Morgan). ... (more)

25-Jan-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 25-Jan-2016 5:56 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The U.S. equity markets remain volatile. A major reason for the volatility is the price of oil’s volatility. Oil did jump higher on Friday. This week I review American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT). This REIT’s dividend growth is expected to be approximately 20% per year. ... (more)

18-Jan-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 18-Jan-2016 9:18 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, I don’t like to sell stocks without a fundamental reason. It does seem, however, that Yellen is increasing interest rates to have a tool to fight back with in the future. The economy does not appear to be as strong as she states on her calls. This is part of the reason for the market’s decline. ... (more)

11-Jan-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 11-Jan-2016 5:58 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, I have intentionally focused upon adding portfolio hedges. The second goal is to improve the portfolio with lower beta and higher quality companies. At this point, the SP500 is down 5.91% year-to-date. The 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bond is at 2.11%. West Texas intermediate is at 12-year lows or $33.16 per barrel. In this issue, I will focus upon Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE: BDX). The company has raised their dividend for over a consecutive 25-year period. I believe a recent acquisition adds potential for capital gains. ... (more)

04-Jan-2016 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 4-Jan-2016 9:34 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning. The 2016 market begins on Monday, January 4th. Please allow this opening paragraph to be the official “starting” point for 2016. I have the portfolio positioned in dividend stocks; dividend growth stocks; special situation securities; and removed securities with, in my view, higher risk than is prudent. In this issue I highlight Accenture PLC (NYSE: ACN). The company is an Ireland-based business consultant. Ireland has attractive corporate tax benefits. ... (more)

28-Dec-2015 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 28-Dec-2015 9:15 am (1 year ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, I am very excited about some changes. I’ll be reducing positions, adding inexpensive positions, and taking profits on other positions. In this issue I focus upon J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM). I believe this is a long-term holding. The beta is .75. Earnings are predictable. The quarterly dividend can be increased because management has confidence in the ongoing earnings.... (more)

21-Dec-2015 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 21-Dec-2015 8:37 am (2 years ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The Federal Reserve finally increased short-term interest rates by 25-basis points. The market initially rallied and then sold off to close the week. The markets should continue to be volatile through year-end.  In this week’s issue, I will focus upon Stamps.com (STMP).... (more)

14-Dec-2015 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 14-Dec-2015 8:25 am (2 years ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, Today I focus on American International Group Warrants (AIG-WS). After 7% drop of AIG shares, warrants seem to be undervalued. Separately, or BigDeaL members received IBM in-depth analysis with two trade orders. We do not provide AdvanceDL trades in this issue, but we plan to send trade alerts during Monday or Tuesday. ... (more)

07-Dec-2015 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 7-Dec-2015 6:25 am (2 years ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good Morning, The market has whipsawed up and down. Terrorism, Middle East events, U.S. terrorism, interest rates, oil prices are all playing some role in equity valuations. There are times to be an income investor and other times to recognize that income investing is not the ideal place for new money. As the Fed raises rates, income investing becomes less attractive. We can’t force income investing to work when it’s not the time for income investing to work. This week I examine Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM); Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK); and ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW).... (more)

30-Nov-2015 DividendLab Newsletter

By Todd Johnson on 30-Nov-2015 6:08 am (2 years ago)Retirement Newsletter
Good morning, The general market was up just slightly from the prior week. The key week to watch and be aware of is the week of December 16th. This is the week the Federal Reserve decides to raise, maintain, and adjust rates. I believe rates will move up slightly. This is due to better than expected economic results. ... (more)

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