How Obamacare Guarantees Healthcare Profits

Like most states, my home state, Colorado, is suffering through the convulsions of implementing the diktats of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Last November, the Colorado Division of Insurance reported that nearly 250,000 policies were canceled because they failed to provide sufficient mandated coverage.  Ninety-five percent of these cancellations included offers for a new … Continue reading How Obamacare Guarantees Healthcare Profits

Why the Wall Street Dealers Can’t Deliver What You Can

As an economist, John Maynard Keynes’ intellectual rigor left much to be desired.  As an investor, Keynes was frequently spot on.  He understood Wall Street and approached it with a keen, skeptical eye – once observing, “The dealers on Wall Street could make huge fortunes if only they had no inside information.” I can’t say … Continue reading Why the Wall Street Dealers Can’t Deliver What You Can

Canadian Bank Stocks: Top Idea from One Reader

In December, I published a reader mailbag issue of Income & Prosperity.  Although I had been flooded with more than 100 emails from our readers, I was only able to share my thoughts on a handful of stocks. Today, I’ll share an interesting idea from one of our readers. One Canadian reader who goes by … Continue reading Canadian Bank Stocks: Top Idea from One Reader

Why I Prefer the Tried & True Over the Exciting & New

In his new book Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, Nassim Taleb coins a new word “neomania” to label the mistaken belief that newer is better. I see many investors afflicted with neomania, and I understand the affliction. What’s new instills a sense of optimism and limitless potential.  Getting in on Microsoft’s (NYSE: MSFT) initial … Continue reading Why I Prefer the Tried & True Over the Exciting & New

An International Stock Fund with a 6.9% Yield

The five-year run-up in U.S. stocks has been great for long-term investors already in the game.  For new investors, the run-up is less great: Value and yield have been largely wrung out of the market.  New money must scrounge and claw to unearth quality income stocks. As an income investor, I can sympathize with the … Continue reading An International Stock Fund with a 6.9% Yield

Use Dividend Growers to Beat the Market in 2014

I’m prone to enthuse profusely on the wonders of dividend growth. Time after time, I see rising dividend payouts followed by rising share price.  As the dividend payout goes, so invariably goes the share price. With that in mind, does bigger necessarily mean better? That is, the larger the percentage dividend increase, the greater the … Continue reading Use Dividend Growers to Beat the Market in 2014