I’m thinking of a Latin American bank that truly stands apart. Unlike, say, Citigroup or Bank of America, this bank doesn’t offer loans or checking accounts to the general public. It doesn’t receive deposits from the public, either. Instead, it finances trade in Latin America, mainly by funding the sale of commodities and agricultural products to Asia.
It’s often overlooked, but dividends make up the lion’s share of stock-market returns. According to one study, dividend income made up 35% of the total returns of the S&P 500 between 1926 and 2009. There are two important reasons why this trend is set to accelerate. First, record low bond yields mean that dividend income is more sought-after than ever.
One of the best ways to create cash flow right now is through stock dividends—especially through stocks with exposure to the emerging markets. Cash flow is the amount of money your portfolio “pays you” each year. And by buying a diversified basket of dividendpaying stocks, it can be surprisingly stable.
- Start-up Economies: Why Frontier Markets Make Sense
Posted on November 26, 2012 by Chris Hunter
If you want to see real economic growth, get a taxi through Hanoi at rush hour. Every day, millions of residents of the Vietnamese capital weave their way through the city on newly-bought Chinese and Japanese motorbikes and scooters. Twenty years ago, bicycles were the main form of transport.
The world’s consumer power base is shifting. The “rest” are playing catch-up to the “West” right before our eyes. Most investors don’t see this. They are blinded by the doom and gloom surrounding the financial crisis, the debt ceiling, and the gridlock in Washington.
Today I’m going to tell you that you should buy a Spanish phone company. Your friends may laugh at you. Let them. It’s easy to repeat Warren Buffett’s advice at dinner parties: “Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” It’s harder to follow when it comes to your own portfolio. But that is exactly what I recommend you do with this Spanish company.
With more than three in five U.S. workers in their 50s and 60s planning on working past 65 (and over half of them planning on working into their 70s and beyond), the American Dream continues to die a death. IL’s Chris Hunter offers some sound advice on what you can do to protect your retirement.
Dividend champions are particularly attractive if you’re nearing retirement or are already retired. That’s because on top of capital growth (what happens when the stock price rises) they allow you to create a passive income stream in your account.
Some things in life are simple. For instance, I do almost all my clothes shopping when stores are running their winter or summer sales. You get exactly the same stuff…only cheaper. If you’re a dedicated fashion follower, this won’t work.
- Huge Upside Potential in This Deeply Unpopular Market
Posted on July 25, 2011 by Chris Hunter
Buy low. It’s a simple concept. But it’s downright difficult to execute.
- Demand for this Ultra Safe Currency Is about to Skyrocket
Posted on July 19, 2011 by Chris Hunter
Some people just don’t understand gold or the role it plays in a post-financial crisis portfolio. Gold is interesting to us as global investors for three reasons.
- Is This the “Holy Grail” of Agriculture Investing?
Posted on July 18, 2011 by Chris Hunter
The last decade hasn’t been kind to paper assets. Meanwhile, hard assets – such as oil, gold, copper and food commodities – have all been hitting record highs.
- This “Mammoth” Commodities Trend Is Still on Course
Posted on July 16, 2011 by Chris Hunter
Most of the time, the talking heads on CNBC churn out nothing but “noise.” The kind of stuff that’s more likely to cloud your investing outlook than make it any clearer.
- When Is a Dollar a Peso? (The Answer May Shock You…)
Posted on July 9, 2011 by Martin Hutchinson
The U.S. dollar is on painful path of collapse. I’ve dubbed this the “pesofication” of the U.S. dollar.
Today, I want to dig a little deeper into this topic. Because it is one of the best investment opportunities available to U.S.-based investors today. This is especially true, if you’re the type of person who has no interest in checking the market everyday.
- This “A-List” Stock Is Selling at a “D-List” Price
Posted on July 6, 2011 by Chris Hunter
I’m in Barcelona, Spain. I’m here to see firsthand what’s going on, as Europe lurches closer to full-on crisis.
I recently had an interesting conversation with a representative of the World Gold Council. We were talking about the role of gold as a strategic asset – how holding gold can help you survive and thrive in the current spate of economic turbulence.
- How You Can Profit from China’s Democratic Revolution
Posted on June 27, 2011 by Chris Hunter
I’ll be blunt. I have no time for Communists. Theoretically, Communism is just plain dumb. But on a practical level, it’s even worse.
- Where to Find Extraordinary Income Streams That Always Go Up
Posted on June 25, 2011 by Dan Ferris
Today, I’m going to show you why dividend growth stocks are the closest to a sure thing that exists in the stock market. They’re the only source of return you can count on to rise every year. They’re unbeatable investments.
A lot of people are worried about the direction of the world right now. Greece looks set to default. China is fending off allegations of securities fraud. And back in the U.S. there are fears of a double-dip recession.
There’s a special art to drinking beer in Brazil. One of my favorite haunts is Bar Filial in the Vila Madalena neighborhood of São Paulo. Sit at a table there, and it will be mere seconds before a waiter in a starched white jacket and a black bowtie glides up to you with a tray of recently-pulled draft beers.