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How Dividends Work: Payment Types, Payout Dates, and More

How Dividends Work: Payment Types, Payout Dates, and More

Everyone likes dividends. But many are unsure exactly how dividends work. Here are some basics. A dividend is a payment to investors from a company’s earnings. Basically, they put money in your pocket when you own that stock. In addition to providing cash, dividends...

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The Stockpicker’s Guide to Earnings Season

The Stockpicker’s Guide to Earnings Season

Here's your guide to earnings season!  Earnings season is when companies get their quarterly report card. Generally, it starts ten days after the completion of the calendar quarter and runs for four weeks. Earnings data is the single biggest valuation metric that...

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ETF Growth: What You May Not Know About ETFs

ETF Growth: What You May Not Know About ETFs

You probably know that ETF growth has been surging in recent years. Here is some of what you may have heard: - There are a lot of ETFs to choose from.   - There are a lot of ETF companies (aka “ fund sponsors”), some with recognizable names and some not.   - There are...

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Creative Investment Ideas To Add ETFs To Your Portfolio

Creative Investment Ideas To Add ETFs To Your Portfolio

Looking to add ETFs to your portfolio? The market for ETFs has been exploding. In fact, in 2016 assets invested in ETFs surpassed those in hedge funds (by an astonishing $530 billion by the end of the year). For the most part, investors are using ETFs for broad-based,...

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The Hidden Costs of Trading for an Active Investor

The Hidden Costs of Trading for an Active Investor

What are the hidden costs of trading? As competition for client accounts heats up among the major online brokers, we have seen a price war emerge which results in a lower and lower price per equity trade. Some new brokerage firms even offer free equity trading or "all...

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Online Broker Price War Lowers the Cost of Trading

Online Broker Price War Lowers the Cost of Trading

Recently, online brokers have been making headlines by announcing lower commissions on stocks, ETFs, options, and more. Lower costs put dollars back into the pockets of self-directed investors. These investors are not using an advisor, but instead, make their own...

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Screen of the Week | March 21, 2017

Screen of the Week | March 21, 2017

This excerpt was taken from Marc Chaikin's Market Insights newsletter on Sunday, January 19, 2017. CHAIKIN SCREEN OF THE WEEK: Bullish Stocks in the Industrial Sector The Industrial Sector (XLI), which normally outperforms in a rising interest rate environment, has...

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