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ETFs Strategies for the Top Ten 2014 Predictions of Bob Doll

Bob Doll, Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager of Nuveen Asset Management, is out with his ten predictions for 2014. His predictions are followed by many, and he scored ...
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Credit Suisse Very Mixed on Utilities Outlook Despite the Recovery

Credit Suisse has shown a very mixed report on its coverage of utilities on Tuesday. We have seen one very positive call on Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU), followed by caution ...
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Five Ways Hedge Funds Brace for a Stock Market Crash, and You Can Too

Investors almost always worry about a stock market crash, but when headwinds start to look stronger than the positive forces, they really start to worry that the rug can get ...
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Rising Interest Rate Risk For Big Dividends, Sector By Sector

The bull market appears to still be alive and well for equities, but the risk of rising interest rates is plaguing bonds and investments tied to big dividends. What equity ...
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Rising Interest Rates Bring New Risks to Utility Dividend Investors

Utility investors have been able to enjoy a true safe haven when it comes to collecting high-yield dividends and above-market dividend yields for years now. That may be coming to ...
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Evaluating the Dividend and Tax Selling in Utilities, Closer to Attractive with Patience

The utility sector has suffered the wrath of selling. As these are all high-dividend stocks and as many long-term investors had substantial capital gains, the investment community has been selling ...
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2012 Election Winners and Losers: Coal, Dividends, Health Care, Utilities, Oil and More

Election Day has come and gone. President Obama won a second term. The current electoral vote was by a margin of about 3 to 2 (unofficial), but the percentage last ...
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Election Day Rally… Risk-On or Inflation Trade?

On the day that the Presidential election is happening, investors are throwing money into the inflation winners. The problem is that maybe this is not an inflation trade. Maybe it ...
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Twelve Major Dividend Hikes Expected Before the End of 2012

Most investors have discovered that earning less than 1% per year in short-term Treasuries or even less than 2% out in the 10-year Treasury is no fun. Longer-dated Treasury bonds also ...
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More Evidence of the Dividend Bubble, Utilities Looking Scarier

By now you know that we have started to become cautious on some of the top dividend stocks.  It is not that we think anything is wrong at the companies, ...
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Dividend Risks Inflating

Investors cannot make any money in the bond market right now merely by buying and holding Treasury bonds forever. The problem is that Treasury yields are at record lows. In ...
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Utilities Have Become The New CDs and Bonds For Income Investors

We are mostly in a world where many investors are now just willing to settle for a "return of capital" rather than a "return on capital."  Still, retirees and investors ...
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Investors Finding Safety Again in Utilities, When Dividends Rule (WTR, AWK, PPL, DUK, ED, NEE, AEP, XLU)

By now the markets figured out that all of this week's preliminary jobs numbers did in fact call it right that the unemployment and jobs report was right.  So investors ...
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Investors Flocking To Defensive Shares With High Dividends (PEP, KO, BUD, TAP, AWK, AEP, XLU, MCD, KFT, CAG, CPB, HRL, MO, VGR, RAI, PG, KMB, CL, MRK, PFE, JNJ, T, VZ)

The 10-year Treasury hit yet another record low under 1.6% today and stocks are in the tank again due to poor economic data.  Europe continues to face a meltdown and ...
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The Best Value High-Yield and High-Return Utilities (XLU, EXC, ETR, AEP, PEG)

The utility sector has been a rather poor performer so far in 2012, as investors have sought growth and less dependence on high payouts, and higher dividend taxes could be ...
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