Jared Cummans

Jared Cummans is an analyst for Dividend.com, where he contributes on a regular basis. Jared's articles have been featured in a number of financial publications, including Barron's and The Wall Street Journal. Jared graduated from DePaul University with a degree in finance and currently lives in Chicago.

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January 7th, 2015

Bargain buying can be an effective strategy for getting into a stock  at a relatively cheap price, netting you a handsome return. It is a strategy that we have talked about many times at Dividend.com and one that we always suggest investors should look deeper into. But bargain buying does not always go as planned, as larger trends or issues can sink a security even further.

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December 31st, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close today, investors will look back on yet another positive year for broad markets. While this year saw its fair share of volatility and a brief sell-off, markets were able to find their winning ways yet again, ending the year on a strong note. Now, all eyes are on 2015 and what market segments will be at the forefront in the New Year. Below, we outline three trends investors should keep a close eye on as we enter 2015.

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December 17th, 2014

As we enter the final days of 2014, investors have a lot on their plates. After yet another year of gains for broad equities, markets are looking for the next major signal to push them higher. Unfortunately, headlines as of late have focused on crude oil’s rapid demise, somewhat overshadowing a positive year. With fiscal 2014 coming to a close, now is the time to take a look through your portfolio and ensure that you are properly positioned for 2015.

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December 10th, 2014

Telecommunications stocks are often favorites of dividend investors, as they typically offer stable and attractive yields. AT&T (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) are two shining examples, as both stocks are darlings of the value world with yields upwards of 4.5%. They are also the two largest telecom providers in the U.S., but a fierce competition has been heating up over the last few years that threatens these telecom giants’ profitability – and their ability to remain competitive.

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December 3rd, 2014

2014 has undoubtedly been the year of the “hacker,” as the issue of cyber-security has been thrust into the limelight. As an investor, the issue may seem somewhat removed at first, until you realize the negative impact that data breaches have had on certain stocks. Now, investors have to keep the issue of cyber security in the back of their minds when it comes to making an allocation; this is especially prevalent as we enter the holiday shopping season.

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November 19th, 2014

The holiday season is upon us in the U.S., as consumers will scramble to find the best deals and take advantage of the shopping frenzy that comes with this time of year. Consumers are not alone, as major companies have to prepare for the holiday season to be sure that they can meet demand and operate smoothly. Everything from retailers to shipping companies (many of which are dividend stocks) will be on their toes through the end of the year.

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November 12th, 2014

Over the past few days and weeks, you have more than likely heard of something called “net neutrality,” as discussions have spanned from consumers to Wall Street and now even President Barack Obama. The issue involves the internet and how it is consumed, but also how it is offered by companies across the United States. Many of these firms happen to be major dividend stocks that have a big stake in how this whole scenario plays out.

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November 5th, 2014

Despite a volatile stretch in October, stocks are back sitting near all-time highs, making it difficult to find enticing buying opportunities. While a number of stocks are continually setting new highs, there is one sector that has been battered for quite some time, causing many to look for a bottom in the not-so-distant future. That sector is gold miners, as these companies have had a rough go over the last few years.

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October 29th, 2014

McDonald’s (MCD) has long been a popular stock for dividend investors, as it has increased its payout for 37 consecutive years. As a value stock there is not a whole lot more an investor could ask for given the power of the company’s brand and its focus on increasing the amount of capital it returns to investors. But the last few months and years have seen the fast food giant hit a few speed bumps, with growth grinding to a halt and sales dropping in a number of geographical locations. All of this has led so a sense of uneasiness when it comes to MCD shareholders.

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October 28th, 2014

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR) reported its third quarter results after Tuesday’s closing bell, surprising the Street with strong numbers.

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