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Aaron

Aaron Levitt is an independent investment analyst and author living in State College, Pennsylvania. His work appears in several high profile publications in both print and on the web. As an advocate for long-term globally oriented investing, Aaron believes that exchange traded funds have leveled playing field for Main Street. Following global macro-economic trends, investors now have several avenues to create great long term portfolios. Aaron is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he studied Economics and International Business. Aside for helping regular investors develop winning portfolios, his current projects include writing his first book about investing in North America’s changing energy landscape.

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The U.S. Still Number One for Investors

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Prepare For Lower Returns

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Tech’s Best Days Are Ahead

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The ABCs & 123s Of College Savings Plans

When it comes to saving and investing, retirement is most likely your number one concern. For...

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Holding the Right Mix of Stocks

When it comes to investing, we tend to think of what investments we hold as the key to our...

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Are Stock Protection Funds Worth It?

Investors are facing a bit of a quandary. On the one hand, the market has gone straight up – over...

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America's Biggest Retirement Fear: A Broke Social Security Program

There are a lot of fears when it comes to planning for and living in retirement. And if you ask...

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It Is Now Time to Bet on Discretionary Names

Consumer staples are often found in many dividend seekers’ portfolios. After all, no matter what...

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Emerging Markets Are Ready to Grow

There are a couple of sectors and asset classes that just scream growth.

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Buybacks, Value and Dividends

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Seeing the Brick Wall

For the passengers aboard the Titanic, warnings didn’t do them any good. Captain Smith was...

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Bitcoin Is Gambling

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The Burgeoning Aerospace Battle

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Don’t Tap Retirement for Disasters

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Have You Prepared for a Correction?

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Don’t Forget Long-Term Care in Your Planning

One of the most significant benefits of current retirements is also one of its biggest risks.

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Should Dividend Investors Make a Play for the Frontier?

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Weird Dividends – Finding Income From Non-Traditional Stocks

For dividend investing, there’s a fair bit of “tradition” that goes along with the portfolio...

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Dividends Are out of Favor. Time to Buy!

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Forget CAPE, U.S. Stocks Can Still Rally

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Frightfully Bad Investments

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The Big Play in Autonomous Vehicles: Are Dividends in Their Future?

One of the common themes in tech these days happens to be ‘disruption.’

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Invesco Says: Start to Samba

Boy, what a difference a few years make. For Brazil, it’s the turnaround it so badly needed.

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Can Earnings Keep Growing?

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Investors Need More Financial IQ

Financial literacy continues to be a big sticking point for most people.

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Is There a Nuclear Option for Dividend Investors?

When it comes to beaten down and unloved forms of energy, coal is often thought of as the...

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Yep. Kiss Your Pension Goodbye

For investors, retirement is generally built on three pillars: personal savings – such as 401(k)s...

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Looking for Bargains? Europe Is Still Cheap

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So Did the Bull Market Already End?

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HSAs Are Changing Retirement

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Forget Oil Prices: Big Oil is a Big Buy

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Good News: Plan Fees Keep Falling

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How Much Is Enough in Retirement?

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Forget Interest Rates. It’s The Fed’s Balance Sheet That Matters

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Active Is Winning, for Now

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Bridging the Gap

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Gold Shines While the World Stumbles

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Welcome Back Volatility

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We May Finally See Wage Growth

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Hey! Where’s My Higher Rate?

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Is a Million Bucks Enough?

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Self-Storage REITs: A Hidden Winner From the Hurricanes

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Is It Still Possible to 'Coupon Clip'

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REITs & ESGs Go Hand in Hand

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Don’t Look Now, the Debt Ceiling Is Back

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After Harvey and Irma, Are the Insurance Stocks a Big Buy?

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CEF Demand Surges

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Let Them Kill Each Other: The Fee War Heats Up

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Who Cares About Rate Hikes?

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The Power of a Little More

One of the biggest talking points about retirement – including from yours truly – is that we need...

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Ignoring Political Dysfunction… for Now

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Will Buffett Finally Pay a Dividend?

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BlackRock: Don’t Ignore Stock/Bond Correlation

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Are IPOs Worth Your Dividend Time?

For investors, there is nothing better than hitting it big right out of the gate. And we’ve all...

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Great News! The Match Is Back!

One of the best inventions to help Americans save for their retirement has been the 401(k) plan.

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After Harvey, Are Refiners a Big-Time Buy?

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Get Ready to Be Nimble With Income Strategies

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Retirement Is Better Overseas

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Hey Millennials, Fear Is Costing You Big Time!

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Americans Are Clueless About the Fed’s Role

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Investment in Japan Is the Deal of the Century

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What's up With the Underperformance of REITs?

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Switch up Your Allocation If You Don’t Have Time to Recover

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Not So Fast – Hedge Funds Are Bouncing Back

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Look Beyond Averages for Retirement Planning

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Forget the FANGS, Look Overseas for Tech Exposure

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So, Where’s the Momentum?

For investors, 2017 has been the year of the momo trader.

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Commodities Use the Dip

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Finding Balance: How Many Holdings Are Too Many or Too Little

By nature, almost everyone is some sort of a collector. Some people take that passion and collect...

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The Market Wrap for August 11: Tensions Escalate

The theme of this week could be summed up in one word: tension.

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Are You Using Your Target-Date Funds Correctly?

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Don’t Let Volatility Impact Your Investing

While President Franklin D. Roosevelt wasn’t talking about investing when he famously said “...

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Three More Reasons to Love Bank Stocks

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Less Choice Is Hurting Dividend Investors

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Are Stock Buybacks Flashing a Danger Signal?

The real – and sometimes forgotten –- point of holding a stock is that you own a part of a...

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Now Is the Best Time to Own Dividend Stocks

There are many different styles and avenues when crafting a portfolio. From simple growth at...

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Will American Energy Be Unleashed or Tamed?

America’s energy industry is at a major crossroads.

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Healthy Snacks & Sugary Sodas Propel Strong 13.5% Return for Best Dividend Stock

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What Rate Hike? BDCs Are Jumping!

There’s a general notion that certain sectors get clobbered when the Federal Reserve raises...

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A Focus on Factors

There are literally thousands of publicly traded companies on the market these days covering...

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The Market Wrap for July 28: Fed Stands Firm

This week, investors were greeted with an old foe: the Federal Reserve.

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Get to Know QLAC

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Fidelity’s Six Successful Investor Habits

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Will Subprime Loans Take the Auto Industry Down?

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Too Much Risk?

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It’s a Trap!!!!

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The Market Wrap for July 21: More Record Closes for Stocks

So much for the summer doldrums. Over the last few trading sessions, stocks seemed to have...

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It’s Still All About Healthcare Costs

October is a critical month for retirees. It’s when they find out how much the cost of living...

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Utility Stocks: Powering up or Powering Down?

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No Doubt About It, Stocks Are Expensive

Since the depths of the recession, stocks have had an incredible run. The broad indices have...

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Trump Bump for Best Dividend Stock: Industrial Giant Impresses with 19% Gain

While Donald Trump’s election win took many a political forecaster for a loop, it didn’t...

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Need Income? Ladder It Up

For many retirees, finding great sources of income remains the Holy Grail for their portfolios.

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The Business Cycle Is Your Friend

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Repealing the Fiduciary Rule Won’t Be So Easy

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Office REITs, Better Than Expected

Real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs) have been big beneficiaries of investors’...

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So What’s up With the Dollar?

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"Going to the Mattresses" Leads to 4.5% Return for Best Dividend Stock

Driving 70% of the United States GDP, retail and consumer spending is a big business. And it pays...

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Hey Kids, Stash Your Cash in an IRA

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Keep It Simple

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The Market Wrap for July 7: Where's the Volume?

This week, more traders were more concerned with the number of hot dogs on their grills than the...

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Millionaires Are Getting Nervous

If there is one thing that drives the stock market, it’s confidence.

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Americans Are Confused About Their Healthcare Planning

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Are the Telecoms’ Plans Stalling?

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Compounding & Your Priorities

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Staying Cash for the Dip Is Just Plain Stupid

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The Market Wrap for June 30: Tech Drives the Week

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The 4,000% Trade That Will End Poorly

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Do Robots and Dividends Go Hand in Hand?

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Time to Pause on Tech?

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Americans Are Working Longer

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Is This the Start of Real Earnings Growth?

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The Market Wrap for June 23: Another Bumpy Ride

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Should You Rent or Own During Your Golden Years?

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More Thrill Rides for Energy Stocks

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Rethinking Post-Retirement Work

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Gundlach – Prepare for Doom and Gloom

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Emerging Markets Are Ripe for Dividend Seekers

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The Market Wrap for June 16: All About the Fed

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Is There Really an Income Crisis?

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Want to Lower Your Trading Costs? Follow This Advice

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Water's Scarcity Problem Highlights Its Investment Appeal

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Don’t Lick Your Wounds: Beat Uncle Sam This Year

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The Curious Case of Tesla

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The Market Wrap For June 9th: Another Slow Week

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Get To Know the Lowly I-Bond

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All About the Right Benchmark

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Healthcare Stocks Are Now a Bargain - but Not All of Them

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Déjà Vu: Finding Income Is Still Hard

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Diversity of Income Is Key

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The Market Wrap for June 2: Slipping on a Short Week

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Yieldcos: Big-Time Buys or Big-Time Sells?

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Best Dividend Capture Stocks for June

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Plumbers Over Hedge Funds?

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Retail REITs: This Is the Moment You’ve Been Waiting For

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Happy Times Are Here Again!

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The Commodities Rally Could Keep Going

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The Market Wrap For May 26: Game On!

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Which FANG Stock Will Become Dividend Royalty First?

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Watch What I Say Before You Buy

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Is It Time to Think Small?

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The Market Wrap For May 19: Political Woes Hit Stocks

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These States Are Just Plain Dumb

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Why Is Canada’s Dairy Industry on Donald Trump’s Radar?

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Private Equity for You & Me

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Can We Really Grow at 4%?

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The Market Wrap for May 12: Vive la France!

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The Retirement Risk No One Talks About

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Canada Announces $867 Million Aid Amid Lumber Dispute With U.S.

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Make More Room for Real Estate Dividends

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When It Comes to Banks, Think Small

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That Was Fast – Peak Reflation May Already Be Here

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The Market Wrap for May 5: Fed Stands Firm

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Is There Opportunity in Oil?

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The Market Glance For October 3rd: Darden Looks To “Mangia Bene” On Earnings

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The Market Wrap For September 30th: Cal-Maine Cracks

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The Key to Dividends Is Tax-Deferred Compounding

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The Market Glance for September 26: Nike Looks for a Victory

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Will the High Yield Trade Fall Apart?

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VF Corporation: A Dividend King in the Making

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Is There Any Hope for SeaWorld After the Dividend Cut?

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The Market Glance for September 19: FedEx Hopes to Ship Better Earnings

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The Market Wrap for September 16: Cracker Barrel Cracks

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Can Renewable Energy Pay Dividends?

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The Market Glance for September 12: Oracle Takes to the Cloud

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The Market Wrap for September 9th: Marvelous Marvell

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The Emerging World Is for Dividends Too

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Dividends & College Planning Do Make Sense

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The Market Wrap for September 2nd: Bob Evan’s Beats

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Don’t Ignore Dividend Style When Buying a Stock

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The Market Wrap for August 26: Smucker’s Was a Less Than Sweet Surprise

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Utilities Are Just Too Darn Expensive Now

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The Market Glance for August 22: Smucker Sets-Up Big Expectations

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Vanguard Offers a Dividend Warning

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The Market Wrap For August 19th: Target Misses The Mark

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The Market Glance for August 15: Home Depot Builds up Expectations

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Currency Risk: Should You Hedge Your Foreign Dividends?

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The Market Glance for August 1st: AIG Gears Up

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The Market Wrap For July 29th: Apple Isn’t Rotten

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The Market Wrap for July 15th: Alcoa Gets a Big Beat

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Despite the Crude Oil Slowdown, Suncor Could Be a Great Dividend Buy

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Telecoms Remain Alternatives for Expensive Utilities

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The Market Wrap for July 8: Walgreens Beats Again

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Intel May Be Worth a Dividend Look

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The Market Glance for July 4: Walgreen's Looks for Healthy Earnings

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The Market Glance for June 27: Nike Sets up for a Swoosh

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The Market Wrap for June 24: La-Z-Boy Anything but Lazy

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What? Biotech Stocks for Dividends?

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The Market Glance for June 20: Will FedEx Ship Better Earnings?

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The Market Wrap for June 17: Kroger's Fifty Quarters of Growth

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The Market Wrap for June 10, 2016: Smucker’s Super Sweet Beat

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A Big Bet On The House Of Mouse

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The Market Wrap for June 3rd : Actual Joy From Joy Global

As the calendar rolls over to the new month, the summer doldrums are officially here. Although...

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The Market Glance for May 30: Medtronic Takes It to the Heart of Earnings

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The Market Wrap for May 27th: Best Buy Was the Best Buy

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Hercules Technology Growth Capital: Start-Up Tech With a Side Of Dividends

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The Market Glance For May 23rd: Will Tiffany & Co. Sparkle This Earning Season?

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Sell in May? Hardly.

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The Market Glance for May 16: Home Depot Builds Expectations

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Should You Bank on Canadian Bank Dividends?

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Add a Dash of Dividend Insurance With Cincinnati Financial

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The Market Glance for May 9: Will the Sun Shine on Sun Life?

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The Market Wrap for May 6: Clorox Keeps It Clean

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Growth and Income in the Industrials

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The Market Wrap for April 29: Apple Ends up Rotten

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The Market Wrap for April 15: Alcoa Beats With a Big Asterisk

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The Market Wrap for April 1: McCormick Spices Up Earnings

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