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2 Dividend Blue-Chips Set To Soar And 1 You Should Ignore

SummaryMost investors are only looking to own 20 to 50 stocks in their portfolios, meaning you have to be selective with what you buy.Gilead Sciences is a pharma blue-chip with a relatively weak growth outlook that even from today’s attractive valuation is likely to deliver merely bond like future returns.In contrast, Pfizer and Johnson & […]

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Comprehensive Research And Due Diligence: Here’s How I Do It!

SummaryMy due diligence process starts by taking a quick review and assessment of a company’s fundamental qualities and valuation.Snap On, Inc. is worthy of a more comprehensive research effort.F.A.S.T. Graphs analyze out loud video going through my research process.IntroductionI have been writing a series of articles on attractively valued research candidates available in the various […]

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What A Real Blue-Chip REIT Looks Like Might Surprise You

SummaryIn his book Investing in REITs, the late and great Ralph L. Block called blue-chip REITs the “king of the jungle.”Blue-chip REITs have already established impressive track records, which are out there and open for everyone to see.So, you’d better believe management wants to keep that legacy going.These proverbial kings jealously guard their kingdoms, from […]

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Apple Vs. Google: One Clear Winner

SummaryApple and Alphabet are two of the biggest companies in the world.A closer look at the two companies with the aim of finding the better investments.Why Alphabet is a better investment than Apple.Apple (AAPL) and Alphabet (GOOG) are two members of the exclusive FAANG club. The two companies have a market capitalization of more than […]

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Micron: Too Much, Too Soon

For whatever reason, investors desperately want to own Micron Technology (MU) in the midst of a memory industry slump. The stock has surged about $10 off the lows despite the company not even printing a negative quarter so far. Updated industry data continues to support my previous investment thesis of avoiding the stock for now.Memory […]

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Apple’s Next Big Thing Could Be An iPhone Bundle

SummaryAnalysts don’t seem to be able to agree on if Apple took a step forward or backward in the last quarter. Looking at cash flow, Apple did okay.Apple is worried about wireless carriers and the lack of a subsidy as a reason that iPhone growth has slowed.With billion in sales at stake, Apple could take […]

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Warren Buffett Is Loading Up On Bank Stocks: This Might Be Why

Bank stocks in general are rather cheap at the moment due to a flat yield curve and growth concerns. Although an economic slowdown or recession would be rough for many banks, some of the fears about them appear to be overblown.I’m not overweight financials, but I’m not avoiding them either. Bank stocks appear appropriately priced […]

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The Best Dividend Stocks You Can Buy Today

IntroductionAs I explained in my portfolio update 63, I’m now focused on paying down margin and thus won’t be making changes to my real money portfolio for the foreseeable future. In fact, I’ve now realized the wisdom of Buffett’s warning against using margin.My partner Charlie says there is only three ways a smart person can go […]

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How I Went Wrong On Facebook, My Top Pick For 2019

Facebook (FB), in a seemingly rare stint of tape action, jumped double digits after reporting a strong earnings report. I’ve been long the name from even higher levels and have added to my position materially during the storm of 2018. Shares still have more room to run and as a result FB is my highest […]

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Ventas: Downgrading To A Sell

Ventas Inc. (VTR) reported Q4 2018 results. We examine them below and explain why we are now less optimistic on its future prospects.2018, A Year Better ForgottenFor its extremely well-hyped portfolio and management, VTR’s annual results were far from riveting. The portfolio produced a 1.2% same store growth.The Senior Housing Operating Portfolio, or SHOP as […]

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