LynAlden

About Lyn Alden

Lyn is an engineer and investor with a graduate degree in engineering management, and much of her career has been in technical procurement, project management, and budget planning.  She has over a decade of investment experience with a focus on income-producing assets, and writes in-depth articles about finance at LynAlden.com.
2 Ideal Stocks to Generate Covered Call Portfolio Income
  • 2 Ideal Stocks to Generate Covered Call Portfolio Income

2 Ideal Stocks to Generate Covered Call Portfolio Income

By |May 7th, 2018|

We’ve enjoyed a tremendous bull market from 2009 into early 2018, but for the past three months the S&P 500 has been in correction territory. Is this another hiccup in the journey upwards, or is it the start of another multi-year period of flat or negative returns?

Some investors prefer to avoid that question and […]

Ventas (VTR): This Stable High-Yielder Just Went on Sale

By |January 22nd, 2018|

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) is a real estate investment trust that owns a diverse set of healthcare properties and currently pays investors a growing 5.8% dividend yield. They have senior housing properties, hospitals, medical offices, university life sciences buildings, and more.

And the market just put its shares on sale:

Source: Google Finance

Compared to the S&P […]

5 Charts Showing the Health of the Banking Industry
  • 5 Charts Showing the Health of the Banking Industry

5 Charts Showing the Health of the Banking Industry

By |November 23rd, 2017|

The average price-to-earnings ratio of the S&P 500 is now 25, and the cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings ratio is over 31.

But the financial sector’s average price-to-earnings ratio is less than 17.

Banks and insurers usually trade at lower valuations than the broad market, due to the amount of leverage and interest rate sensitivity they have compared to […]

Starbucks (SBUX) Offers Strong Dividend Growth
  • Starbucks (SBUX) Offers Strong Dividend Growth

Starbucks (SBUX) Offers Strong Dividend Growth

By |November 13th, 2017|

Starbucks Corporation’s (NASDAQ: SBUX) growth rate might be slowing, but it’s making up for it by shifting its focus toward sending money back to shareholders.

With a price-to-earnings ratio of about 29, this stock is on the high end of valuation compared to other stocks I tend to buy, but in my opinion the numbers […]

2 Option Investments for an Expensive Market
  • 2 Option Investments for an Expensive Market

2 Option Investments for an Expensive Market

By |October 15th, 2017|

U.S. market valuations have now reached what they were in 1929, and are therefore the second highest in the country’s history.

Only the Dotcom Bubble was higher.

Currently: 

The cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings (CAPE) ratio of the S&P 500 is over 31.
The average S&P 500 price-to-book value is 3.25, compared to only 2.00 in 2012.
The Wilshire […]

5 International ETFs Worth Adding to Your Portfolio
  • 5 International ETFs Worth Adding to Your Portfolio

5 International ETFs Worth Adding to Your Portfolio

By |September 25th, 2017|

Many investors focus heavily on individual security selection, but proper asset allocation is where you get most of the bang for your buck.

There’s almost always a decent value to be found somewhere in the world.  And many asset classes tend to revert to their mean- if one country outperforms another country over the course […]

Sugar is the New Tobacco: Coca Cola Faces Headwinds
  • Sugar is the New Tobacco: Coca Cola Faces Headwinds

Sugar is the New Tobacco: Coca Cola Faces Headwinds

By |August 28th, 2017|

Over the past century, buying and holding dividend growth stocks has been one of the most reliable ways to build wealth.

But it’s important to be nimble with your investments, to question old assumptions, and to be well-positioned for the future.  Buy-and-hold investing means maintaining a low portfolio turnover rate, but doesn’t mean you can’t […]

Two Billionaire Investors Just Bought Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF)
  • Two Billionaire Investors Just Bought Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF)

Two Billionaire Investors Just Bought Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF)

By |August 15th, 2017|

It was recently disclosed that both Warren Buffett and Seth Klarman bought shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF) in the second quarter of 2017.

Let’s take a look at why.
Synchrony Overview
Synchrony Financial was spun off from GE Capital as a public company in 2014.

It’s the largest issuer of store credit cards in the country.  When Amazon, […]

How Silver Can Pay You Dividends
  • How Silver Can Pay You Dividends

How Silver Can Pay You Dividends

By |August 7th, 2017|

Silver straddles the line between a precious metal and an expensive industrial commodity.

The vast majority of gold (over 85%) is used for jewelry and bullion, which makes it rather immune to recessions.   Silver, on the other hand, while still used for jewelry and bullion, has industrial uses for its majority demand, so its […]

Blackrock Still Has a Large Runway of Growth
  • Blackrock Still Has a Large Runway of Growth

Blackrock Still Has a Large Runway of Growth

By |August 6th, 2017|

BlackRock is the largest asset manager in the world, and as of the most recent quarter, they have $5.7 trillion in assets under management (AUM).

They own the leading iShares brand of ETFs and have a massive institutional asset management business that includes both passive and active investment funds and services.

Here’s a breakdown of where their […]