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MasterCard is one of those expensive stocks that should split in 2012, to encourage more retail investment. Of course their nearly $400 price tag per share has no connection to valuation, but there is an argument for a split this year, or at least a DRIP or DSPP program.
Have you considered learning some stock options trading strategies? Lately the stock market seems like a very scary and volatile place for individual investors. Wall Street professionals are paid to worry about the constant and frequent gyrations of the market, but for the rest of us, we just want to invest our hard-earned savings in ways that grow over our working lifetime, outpaces inflation, and provides a decent return on investment. In the past, I have spent money trying to time the market, and to "swing for the fences" with my investments only to now simplify. There are numerous options strategies for every level of sophistication, and for every market condition, but I have found that there are three (3) basic stock, equity, and ETF options selling strategies that every individual investor should know: the covered call, the cash-secured put, and the bull put spread.
There is a well-kept, and best-kept secret of dividend stock investing... If you buy blue-chip companies for the long haul, this is the common sense about Growth and Income Stocks that you should know, and this is what helps take away most (or much of) the risk of investing.
Investing in individual stocks doesn't have to be as risky as some would lead you to believe. If you use individual holdings to augment or offset your mutual fund (stocks and bonds) assets in your work 401K or 403B retirement accounts -- you can have growth, income AND diversification.
In a related article I discussed my three favorite options selling strategies for relatively conservative investors: covered calls, cash-secured puts, and bull put spreads. These can be used quite effectively in your online taxable portfolio, or in a Roth or Simple IRA account with options authorization. What's very powerful over time is how these stock option strategies can be combined, even if you don't start with a great deal of funds in your investment account.
One approach to long-term investing that doesn’t get as much attention is global dividend investing in stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds.
Companies that regularly pay a portion of their profits back to shareholders in the form of quarterly dividends are a solid way to approach long-term investing, but if you plan the payment schedule as you invest, it can be as powerful as laddering bonds with different expirations, and coupon payments throughout the calendar year.
Ford Motor Company (ticker symbol: F) is starting to look like a compelling investment for 2012 and beyond -- because of a number of growth prospects, reduced debt, reinstated dividends, and green innovation in the areas of electric and hybrid vehicles - like their Ford Focus line.
Now that the Facebook IPO has been such a disaster, should you buy the stock for long term after this pullback. If you are so inclined, here is the most bullish case for Facebook long-term.
As individual investors and traders, we need to continually scour the web and do our own research for our investments -- so here’s my list of 10 top investing ideas for 2012 including stocks, commodities, ETFs, and mutual funds. I hope it inspires you to do your own investigation of these and other investing choices, since our 401K, 403b, IRA, rollover retirement accounts, SEP and Roth IRAs portfolios are all generally under our own control.
Cloud stocks, cloud computing, and related technologies could be a great investment idea for 2012 and beyond (stocks or ETFs). Individual investors are always on the lookout for stocks that are worthy of investment. Some great well known companies are part of this sector, including a number of mega, large, mid, and small cap stocks - including some that might be candidates for consolidation.
If you're considering options trading, you would be well served to spend some time paper trading rather than lose real money in your brokerage account while you learn. Here's a post about HOW TO and WHY you should paper trade, or practice trade options.
International Business Machines (ticker symbol: IBM) is one of those iconic stocks in the diversified technology sector that investors want to own. But with a lofty share price of $194.62 today (5/31/12) - down from a 52-week high of $210.69, this Dow Jones Industrial component’s share price is too high for many regular investors.
I now really love Dividend Reinvestment Plans, or DRIPS, as an alternate way to invest my hard-earned money. They offer low monthly or quarterly transaction costs (and sometimes company paid!), and provide a great way to accumulate shares in great companies over a long period of time. The best thing about DRIP plans or DSPP - direct stock purchase plans, is that after fees -- every dollar you give them is invested - resulting in whole and fractional shares. Since even fractional shares generate dividend income, your money grows faster. You don’t need a financial planner to tell you how smart that kind of compounding is! This is a big part of my long-term wealth building plan.
Day trading appeals to many as a quick way to take gains out of the global stock markets. It is often more dangerous than most investors imagine, and many traders lose all of their investment capital and are permanently "blown out" of the market.
Facebook's IPO will likely take place in spring or summer 2012. What can individual investors learn about Facebook's initial public offering of stock from the social media IPO of LinkedIn in 2011. Are there lessons to be learned? Are the companies similar enough to matter?
After gold, silver, and oil, is water -clean, drinkable water - the next important investment idea? As a critical global commodity, in many ways more important than gold and oil, water and water-related stocks could be at the center of investing world in the years ahead.
You've heard of MasterCard Rewards? Stocks involved in credit and credit card transactions could continue to benefit from long-term global growth, and might deserve a place in your portfolio. It's definitely a solid franchise - but should you invest?
What does it take to find innovative companies for long-term investing? Here are some ideas of stock choices for 2012 and beyond that have the growth to be possible great investments. With a little work, you can find stocks, etf's, and mutual funds that give your exposure to some of these trends.
Here's a snapshot of my diversified income streams to help you implement your own wealth strategies. These include passive income ideas, dividend income (with DRIP plans) and freelancing. Making money online, investing, and more are part of my long term wealth plan!