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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 Market Wrap for August 16: The Signs Start to Flash Red

This week, traders were faced with a continuing deterioration in the global economy. Worries in...

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Lower Interest Rates Require a Different Dividend Playbook

Recessions and economic slowdowns often don’t occur on their own. They are often the result of...

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Medical Device Giant with 40+ Years of Dividend Growth Solidifies Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

There are many factors propelling the ongoing issue, but the fact is diabetes is quickly...

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The Market Wrap for August 9: The Trade War Escalates, Again

An old foe gnashed its teeth this week in one of the most volatile series of trading sessions...

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Dividend Investors Should Cheer This Stage of the Business Cycle

It’s true that market timing may be a fool’s errand. Trying to perfectly enter and exit stock...

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Pharma Giant with 5 Years of Dividend Growth Reaffirms Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Patent protection. It’s the lifeblood of the pharmaceutical industry. Those exclusivity rights to...

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Focus on These Factors for Bigger Dividends

If there is one trend that’s taking the investment world by storm, it has to be fundamental...

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The Market Wrap for August 2: Powell Delivers…Sort Of

The last few weeks of trading led up to this week’s delivery of the Federal Reserve’s interest...

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Fast Food Giant with 40+ Years of Dividend Growth Reaffirms Its Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

It’s amazing how much technology has permeated our daily lives: from our workplaces and how we...

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The Market Wrap for July 26: Rising Earnings Lift the Street’s Spirits

It’s amazing how the market’s sentiment can change on a dime. This is certainly the case with...

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Can Focusing on ROIC Select Stronger Dividend Stocks?

Investors are always looking for an edge. We’re always looking for the next big thing or metric...

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E-Commerce Demand Helps This Stock Solidify Its Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Americans bought nearly 175 million items online in one day recently. No, it wasn’t Black Friday...

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The Market Wrap for July 19: Earnings Season Starts Off Poor

After last week’s bout of volatility and Fed-induced record highs, investors this week were a bit...

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Can Labor Really Keep the Economy Cooking?

The economy and the stock market aren’t one and the same. One doesn’t represent the other....

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Dividend Aristocrat With 50+ Years of Dividend Increases Reaffirms its Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

If there has been one dominating headline over the last few quarters, it has to be the U.S./China...

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The Market Wrap for July 12: A Lesson In Give & Take

At this point, investors should be used to volatility. Despite being in the summer doldrums, the...

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High Insider Ownership Can Pay Some Serious Dividends

There are thousands of publicly traded firms on the market these days. Digging through them all...

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Strong Inroads Into Cloud Computing Helps Technology Giant Reaffirm its Position On Best Dividend Stocks List

If you’ve ever accessed your photos or done banking via an app, you’ve participated in one of the...

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The Market Wrap for July 5: Trade Sparks a Big Rally

While investors were waiting for fireworks on the Fourth of July, they received them earlier in...

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Now Is Not the Time to Dump Your Dividend Stocks

If you’ve looked at your 401k or brokerage account over the last few months, you may have become...

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Focus on Premier Properties Helps This REIT Reaffirm Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Sometimes, the market hands you a gift. For dividend investors this came courtesy of the Federal...

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The Market Wrap for June 2: A Mixed Bag for the Markets

After last week’s Fed-induced euphoria, traders were a bit more on edge over the last few...

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Are Buybacks and Dividends Actually Propping Up Stocks?

You have to be impressed with the market over the last few years. We’re about to hit the record...

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Successful Business Transformation Initiatives Help Railroad Giant Strengthen its Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

When it comes to finding the best stocks, we often talk about moats. These competitive advantages...

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The Market Wrap for June 21: Powell Punches the Market Higher

After weeks of volatility and feeling the heat from trade issues, slowing growth and lessening...

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Investors Rejoice! We Still Have Five More Years of Gains

If rising volatility is any indication, investors are getting nervous. And they sort of have the...

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Smart Portfolio Expansion Plan Helps Global Food Giant Reaffirm its Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

With various trade issues, slowing economic growth and a host of geopolitical problems on the...

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The Market Wrap for June 14: The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

This week continued the swings, albeit with less intensity as the previous month or so. Investors...

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Cyclical Dividend Stocks Could Still Outperform

Heading into 2019, one thing was clear – boring stocks were finally taking flight. Thanks to a...

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Persistent Focus on Innovation Helps Biotech Giant Reaffirm Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

When it comes to biotech stocks, the perception from many investors is that they are essentially...

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The Market Wrap for June 7: The White Knight Fed

Closing out last week, investors were treated to some very bad news on the trade front. Despite a...

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Is It Time to Take a Fresh Look at MLPs?

Master limited partnerships (MLPs) were once considered a quite obscure asset class. Most...

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Industrial Giant's Focus on Profitable Segments Helps it Strengthen Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

The point of a conglomerate is that each of the parts can provide for plenty of profits at...

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The Market Wrap for May 31: A Short Week With Big Losses

Investors needed the long weekend to recoup after last week’s terrible run. Unfortunately, the...

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“Bond Proxy” Dividend Stocks Are Riskier Than You Think

These days, investors seem to be flocking toward safety. Thanks to rising trade woes and other...

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Manufacturing Prowess Helps Semiconductor Giant Reaffirm Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

The biggest story these days has to be the trade war between the United States and China. As the...

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The Market Wrap for May 24: Trade Keeps Hitting the Markets

The trade war was long seen as “mission completed” for many investors. After all, we saw many...

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The Brexit Favors Bold Dividend Investors

As the trade war between the U.S. and China has become front-page news again, another potential...

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Subscription Model Success Helps Technology Giant Strengthen Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

You know your business model is successful when everyone in your sector tries to replicate it....

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The Market Wrap for May 17: Plenty of Anxiety on the Street

If there is one word that sums up the markets over the last few weeks it has to be uncertainty....

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A Chance to Buy Tech’s Backbone and its Hefty Dividends

There’s no doubt that technology is one of the most dynamic sectors out there. It encompasses so...

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International Expansion Focused Auto Parts Giant Reaffirms Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

We often hear the term “moat” thrown around when we look for top stocks and quality dividend...

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The Market Wrap: The Trade War Takes a Frightful Turn

After last week’s volatility and big swings, investors were hoping that the next few trading...

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REITs: Dividends Will Matter More Going Forward

When it comes to the markets, last year’s losers are often this year’s biggest winners. That’s...

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Smart M&A Moves and A Diverse Portfolio Help Global Healthcare Giant Reaffirm Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Healthcare remains the target of political pundits, regulators and other lawmakers thanks in part...

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The Market Wrap for May 3: The Powell Put Is Still in Place

While the earnings season is in full swing, investors had another thing on their mind this week....

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“Stay & Play” This Summer With Dividends

The weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom and the sound of lawn mowers is...

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Recurring Revenue From Software Services Helps Communication Giant Solidify Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Recurring revenues. It’s the name of the game these days for many technology firms. And those...

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The Market Wrap for April 26: Records Then a Pull Back

After last week’s shortened trading period due to the Good Friday/Easter holiday, investors were...

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Using Value Metrics to Find Great Dividend Payers

Warren Buffett has famously said “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” Using that quote...

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Record Profits and Smart M&A Moves Help Utility Giant Strengthen Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

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The Market Wrap for April 19: Healthcare Drags the Shortened Trading Week

The long-awaited binge of quarterly reports is finally here. So far, the earnings picture has...

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Forget Trade War – the Tax War May Be Brewing

With U.S. and Chinese officials coming to terms on several key issues, the so-called trade that...

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Global Agriculture Giant With 40+ Years of Dividend Growth Strengthens Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

There’s no denying it, Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress. Quickly changing weather patterns...

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The Market Wrap for April 12: A New Trade Threat Emerges

Traders have continued to grapple with a mix of economic, political and corporate news. And this...

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Future GDP Expectations Bodes Well for Dividend Stocks

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Medical Device Giant with a Focus on High-Margin Products Strengthens Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Two hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars. That’s not a small sum of money. And it just so...

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The Market Wrap for April 5: Global Trade Dominates Again

It’s beginning to feel a bit old hat, but, once again, the trade war was at the front and center...

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Can Dividend Investors Cash in on the Growing World of eSports & Video Games?

Americans, and the world over for that matter, love watching and playing sports. Whether it be...

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Software Giant With 15 Years of Dividend Growth Added to Best Dividend Stocks List

The technology sector has long been the place to find growth for portfolios. But most investors...

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The Market Wrap for March 29: Another Battle of Give & Take

Investors have to be feeling a tad bit sick these days. That’s because the cycle of give and...

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In Downturns the Dividend Aristocrats Really Are Champions

The end of 2018 was a painful reminder that markets don’t always go up. As various concerns about...

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Major Home Improvement Retailer Strengthens Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Simply amazing. That’s the only way to describe the past fiscal year for our Best Dividend Stocks...

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The Market Wrap for March 22: Growth Concerns Play With Gains

Stocks have continued to ebb and flow over the last few weeks as investors try to digest the...

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Energy Stocks Still Offer Value & Dividends

There’s no doubt about it, energy stocks have been on a bit of a roller coaster over the last few...

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Global Fast Foods Company With a Growing Yield of 2.5% Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Iconic brands. They’re what create strong cash flows. And nowhere does this matter more than in...

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The Market Wrap for March 15: A Wild Ride

By all measure, this week should have been data driven. It saw a plethora of important economic...

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Dividend Investors Need to Know These “Dogs"

Dividend investors and income seekers all have one thing in common. And that’s trying to get the...

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Food Products Company With 50+ Years of Dividend Increases Strengthens Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

It’s no secret that the trade war has been a thorn in many stocks’ sides over the last few...

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The Market Wrap for March 8: A Sharp Reversal Lower

As they say on the street, “buy the rumor, sell the news.” And that’s certainly what has happened...

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Dividends Are Once Again Becoming Important

Over the last few years, there have been a lot of old school investment relationships that have...

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Solid Pipeline of New Drugs Strengthen Pharma Giant's Position On The Best Dividend Stocks List

$6 trillion is a staggering amount of money. It also happens to be the amount of cash consumers...

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The Market Wrap for March 1: Déjà Vu – The Fed & China Are Back on Top

It’s beginning to feel a bit old hat as many of the previous weeks’ drivers have continued to be...

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The Fed Gives the OK to Buy High-Yielding Dividend Stocks

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Industrial Stock With Strong Margins Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

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The Wrap for February 22: Toned Down Trade Boosts Market

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Earnings Aren’t as Good as We Hoped

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Technology Giant With Strong Cash Flows Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

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The Market Wrap for February 15: Trade Is Back in the Saddle

The good news kept coming this week for investors. After last week’s Federal Reserve-induced...

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Are Defensive Stocks Still Cheap?

One of the common themes for 2018 and now 2019, has been the return to volatility. Risks have...

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Food Products Giant With Growing Yield of 2.19% Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

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Mitre Media Enlarges ETF Platform and Announces New CEO

Individual investors and financial advisors have continued to migrate online to find pertinent...

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The Market Wrap for February 8: Earnings Are Driving the Boat

Traders this week had one thing on their minds and that was earnings. The Fed turned dovish last...

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Rising Rents Are Great for Apartment REITs

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High-Yielding REIT with Steady Cash Flows Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

Wall Street is full of old adages. Most are just sayings, but a few of them really matter to...

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The Market Wrap for February 1: Powell to the Rescue

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The January Effect: More Fact Than Fiction This Year

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Industrials Firm with 25 Years of Dividend Increases Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

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The Market Wrap For January 25: Earnings Remain Mixed

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The Shutdown Is a Big Risk for the Economy, but Maybe Not for Stocks

The battle for the border wall has reached new levels of contention. As Democrats and President...

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Packaging Company with 36+ Years of Dividend Increases Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

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The Market Wrap For January 18: A Critical Earnings Season Begins

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Value Stocks Are Dirt Cheap & That’s Wonderful News For Dividend Investors

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Health Care Stock with Stellar Dividend Growth Maintains Position on Best Dividend Stocks List

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The Market Wrap for January 11: Trade Drives the Ship Once Again

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Geopolitics Will Matter in the New Year

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Consumer Discretionary Firm with 42 Years of Dividend Growth Added to Best Dividend Stocks List

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The Market Wrap for January 4: A New Year With the Same Problems

With 2018 ending in a big thud with major losses, investors were looking forward to beginning the...

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Retirement Savings Don’t Match Our Confidence

Despite the recent hiccups for the market, stocks have had an incredible run since the depths of...

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Dividends and ESG Could Go Hand in Hand

Environmental, social and governance or ESG investing remains a tough nut to crack for investors....

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Get Ready for Low Returns in 2019

With the holiday season now here, it’s already time to be thinking about 2019 and what it may...

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Investors Are Looking For Income Growth

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This Year Was Great for Dividend Investors

If you were looking for income over the course of 2018, you certainly found it in spades. That’s...

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Avoiding Dividend Blowups by Avoiding Corporate Debt

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Natural Resource Dividends Could Be Rising in the New Year

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The Market Wrap for December 7: A New Month, Old Problems

What the market gives, it can take away. That’s been the common theme over the last few weeks as...

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Are the Bank Stocks Actually a Buy?

A lot of sectors balance on the state of the economy. But, while some like utilities and even...

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Market Wrap For November 30: Welcome to the Powell Put

After a dour holiday and shortened trading week, investors were ready to buy stocks during this...

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A Big Winner in the Rising Rate Environment Has Been… Utility Stocks?

Income seekers of all stripes were forced to look outside the box during the recession and its...

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The Trade War With China Matters Most

Over the last few weeks, the market has had to digest a ton of different risk factors. From high...

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The Market Wrap for November 16: Another Troubled Week

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The Midterm Results Are In: The Time for Some Defense Is Now

If there’s one thing Wall Street hates, it’s uncertainty. And traders certainly received a lot of...

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Market Warp for November 9: The Midterms Move the Market Higher

After last month’s wild ride, investors were once again bracing themselves for a rocky time this...

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Small-Cap Dividend Stocks Are Still Driving Ahead

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The Market Wrap for November 2: A New Month, a New Opportunity

This month was certainly one to forget. October lived up to its spooky and volatile moniker quite...

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Where Did the Dividends Go? Look Overseas

The recent drop in stocks has affected recent yields. The truth is that dividend yields still...

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Market Wrap for October 26: The Wall of Worry Starts to Grow

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The Midterms Matter for the Markets

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Market Wrap for October 19: The Bear Starts to Roar

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Looking for Real Dividend Growth? Stick to These Four Sectors

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Implications of "New" NAFTA For Dividend Investors

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Get Ready For The Spookiest Month

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The Market Wrap for October 5: Same Story, Different Week

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Healthcare REITs Still Offer Value

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The Market Wrap For September 28th: All About the Fed and Data

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Driving Bigger Dividends From Auto Stocks

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The Market Wrap for September 20: Trade Continues to Ease

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Are We Slipping Into the Abyss? The Markets Think So

Investors are certainly facing an interesting paradox these days.

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The Market Wrap for September 14: Trade & Tech Continue to Dominate

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Don’t Look Now, but Credit Is Also Setting Records

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The Market Wrap For September 7th: Global Trade Weighs Heavily On A Shortened Week

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The Earnings Trade Is Now Powering Stocks

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The Market Wrap For August 31st: A Big Boost From Trade

Investors received some good news this week. After what seems like months of deliberating,...

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Bank Stocks Are Still Being Overlooked

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The Market Wrap for August 24: A Huge Market Milestone

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Value & Dividend Stocks Still Look Cheap

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Market Wrap for August 17: The Wall of Worry Grows

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Get to Hustling

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CAPEX Is Finally Flowing

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Market Wrap: August 10th Edition

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What? A New Earnings Cycle?

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Cryptos Still Not Seen as an Asset

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Credit Can Still Support Stocks

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Is Tech Too Expensive?

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Should You Buy Your Company’s Stock?

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Get Ready for Another Dividend Record

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

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Growth and Income in the Industrials

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The Market Glance for April 25: Taking a Bite out of Apple

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

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The Data Center REITs Are Just Killing It

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The Market Glance for April 11: Alcoa Kicks It off

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Did MLPs Just Bottom?

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Smaller Office REITs Are Starting to Shine

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The Market Glance for March 21: Nike Swooshes Towards Earnings

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Market Glance for March 14: FedEx Gets Ready to Ship Earnings Higher

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Market Wrap for March 11: Dollar General Makes a Few More Dollars

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There’s Still More Pain Ahead for the Deepwater Drillers

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Market Glance for March 7: Dollar General Looks to Make a Few Dollars

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The Gender Gap Is Real, Especially When It Comes to Retirement Savings

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The Market Wrap for March 4: Kroger’s Super Supermarket Earnings

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The Market Glance for February 29: Abercrombie Tries to Keep Its Cool

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Index or Active? Why Not Both?

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The Market Wrap for February 26: Cracker Barrel’s Results Offset

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The Market Wrap for February 19: Wal-Mart Disappoints on Sales

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Genuine Parts Company: Boring Equals Beautiful When It Comes to Dividends

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The Market Glance for February 15: Running Like a Deere

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The Market Wrap for February 12: AIG Boosts Its Dividend

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The Railroads Could Chug Right Along Through 2016 & Beyond

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The Market Glance for February 8: DIS & the House of Mouse Get Ready to Report

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The Market Glance for February 1: Mattel Plays With Investors' Hearts

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The Market Wrap for January 29: Taking a Bite out of Apple

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