Published July 10, 2018 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print We're just over halfway through 2018, so it's a good time to take a step back and look at how investments have performed so far this year. As far as high-dividend stocks go, many have been under significant pressure thanks to rising interest rates. In fact, high-dividend stocks have underperformed the S&P 500 by more than 4 percentage points, as a group. With that in mind, here are the five best-performing high-dividend stocks (defined as yields of 3% or more) on the S&P 500 through the first six months of 2018, followed by a brief discussion of why they've done so well. Continue Reading Below For some retailers, things aren't as bad as they may have looked Many retail stocks had been beaten down tremendously in 2017, as investors worried about the "retail apocalypse." While this certainly made sense given the wave of high-profile retail bankruptcies of recent years, it … [Read more...] about The 5 Best S&P 500 High-Dividend Stocks of 2018 (So Far)
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It’s been a turbulent few months in finance, both at a global level and here in Australia. The banking royal commission has exposed shocking practices in major financial institutions and cast a bit of a pall over the sector, with more revelations likely in the coming months as the commission proceeds with its work. RBA governor Phil Lowe said this week the central bank would be closely watching how the scrunity on the financial sector might affect credit conditions. At the global level, US job creation is still roaring, but there are some signs that the economic momentum around the world may be starting to ease off. To discuss all of this we’re joined on the show by James Whelan, investment advisor at Sydney-based wealth management company VFS Group, along with Business Insider’s global markets and economics editor David Scutt. You can find the show on iTunes, online at this link, on your preferred podcasting platform under “Devils and Details”, or … [Read more...] about PODCAST: ‘Devils and Details’ talking banks, property, global growth and the budget
The long honeymoon between Donald Trump and the financial markets appears to be over or, has at least, landed in some trouble in the first part of 2018. It is too early to call the movement seen in the last few weeks an inversion but it is clear even to non-experts that something has changed. The US indices, after long months of rallies and new records, have stopped their bullish impulse. Since January, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 haven't marked any new records and now that we are in early May, the indices sit less than 10% below their previous peak, so consequences do remain limited.The main story behind this is clearly about the Tycoon and his decision to announce new steel and aluminium tariffs with other import taxes on goods from China. Of course, Trump's movement generated a strong Chinese reaction with the Beijing government announcing tariffs on US items and initiating a real commercial war. The market's reaction was understandably sceptical and some nervous trading sessions … [Read more...] about Is the honeymoon between Donald Trump and the financial markets over?
By: John Stepek 14/04/2018 Post a Comment Welcome to your weekend edition, where we take a look through the charts that matter and catch up on anything else that we missed during the week.If you missed any of this week’s Money Mornings, here are the links you need. Monday: The biggest threat to markets from a trade war Tuesday: Why you need to act before markets agree on the inflation story Wednesday: Platinum is cheap – but will it ever get expensive again? Thursday: How will the stand-off in the UK property market be resolved? Friday: The UK’s retail apocalypse is overhyped Podcasts will return from our Easter break next week. The news has been dominated by wars and rumours of wars this week. One minute Donald Trump is getting ready to bomb Syria imminently, and the next he’s saying he might not do it at all. It’s made for a volatile week in markets, with some big moves, although overall the S&P 500 and Dow Jones are … [Read more...] about The charts that matter: the war drums are beating – but how loudly?
Many U.S. companies are battling persistent economic headwinds as they strive to attain profitable growth. Executives are finding that the growth levers that have traditionally served them well — boosting volume, pushing up prices, cutting costs, and investing in growth opportunities — have become less effective. One overlooked lever, however, offers a path toward sustainable, profitable growth: Improving the mix of the products and services a company sells, the customers to whom it sells, and the geographic markets in which it operates. For any company, profitable growth opportunities are almost always highly concentrated within its products, customers, and geographies. Some segments can generate profits 10 to 100 times higher than other segments. Mapping these variances, then growing the most profitable segments and focusing cost improvements on the least profitable ones, can yield sustainable, profitable growth, even in the face of economic headwinds. Diminishing Returns … [Read more...] about Why the Right Mix of Products, Customers, and Markets Is an Overlooked Profits Lever