With their own distinct risk and reward characteristics, foreign government bonds can be a useful addition to a diversified portfolio. But do they make sense for retirees now at a time when approximately 25% of the foreign bond market trades with negative yields? Surprisingly, they might — under the right circumstances. This is due to what the author of today’s article describes as “a peculiar quirk of the foreign currency market”. For more on why retirees might actually want to consider negative-yielding foreign government bonds, CLICK HERE.
Today’s article outlines a screening process whereby the over 7500 companies traded on U.S. exchanges are filtered down to five large-cap, dividend-paying companies currently trading at large discounts that may be especially attractive to investors over age 50 – or any income-seeking investor. Specifically, these five stocks “all have “A-” or better debt-rating, at least 10% dividend growth in the last 5 years, have at least 10 years of dividend history and trading on an average of -21% from their 52-week highs. Their average dividend at this time is 4.22%.” CLICK HERE.
The ten stocks identified in today’s article may be nice stocks to trade for short-term profit, but you may not want to bet your retirement portfolio on them. Specifically, the author identifies ten stocks that he argues “are more likely to hurt your retirement than help it” as they lack what he sees as the critical feature for retirement stocks: being future proof. To find out what these ten potential retirement ruiners are – and why they may not be as future proof as they may seem – CLICK HERE.
When it comes to identifying attractive stocks, today’s article recommends following broker rating upgrades: “Brokers have in depth idea about what’s happening in a particular company, as they directly communicate with the top management. Also, they exhaustively go through the company’s publicly available documents and attend conference calls.” The authors screened for stocks that have seen broker rating upgrades in the last four weeks (and which met additional criteria such as trading above $15 and having large trading volumes). To see five of the stocks this screen produced and their respective upward revisions in broker ratings, CLICK HERE.