This High-Yield Stock Will Ensure Steady Profits In Your Portfolio

Daniel Cross - Contributor - Equities

There's a good reason that investors love high yielding dividend stocks. Not only does a dividend help buffer against downside risk, it also provides a steady base of returns over time that compounded, can add up to higher growth than you might expect.

Usually investors think of dividend paying stocks as large behemoths that simply don't have the ability to grow like it's smaller, younger competitors. It's a myth that's led many investors away from solid opportunities. These large entities might grow at a slower rate than you want, but when you factor in the dividends and the small downside risk these companies tend to have, you could find an investment that matches any high-risk small cap growth stock without having to expose yourself to unnecessary risk.

For a good example, all we need to do is look at Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ) stock.

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If you bought 100 shares 10 years ago and reinvested all dividends, your holdings would have grown nearly 140%. And if you take a look at it's performance over that time, you'll see it's a very low-risk stock that was easily able to weather the 2008 financial crisis essentially making it a growth stock without the high growth risk. Continue reading "This High-Yield Stock Will Ensure Steady Profits In Your Portfolio"

The 12 Rules to Follow for Buying Dividend Stocks

Many of you have probably filled out one of the "retirement planner" forms available online. Plenty of tax and accounting programs also have "Lifetime Planner" sections for folks to determine if they can afford to retire.

These sorts of programs plug certain assumptions into a formula, such as projected inflation rate, retirement income, anticipated spending levels, and portfolio growth rate. After you add your personal information, it projects how much money you'll be able to produce annually during retirement, and how long it will last.

The first time I ran these numbers, the program said I was good until 116 years of age. At the time, I believed that if we followed the plan as outlined, my wife and I would never have any real money worries. We'd be set for the rest of our lives and could proudly leave some to our children to help with their retirement. How naïve of me! Continue reading "The 12 Rules to Follow for Buying Dividend Stocks"