Lyn Alden-by-2 Option Investments for an Expensive Market

2 Option Investments for an Expensive Market

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 5000 … [Read more...]

Lyn Alden-by-5 International ETFs Worth Adding to Your Portfolio

5 International ETFs Worth Adding to Your Portfolio

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 of a decade, then it's often the opposite case next … [Read more...]

Lyn Alden-by-Sugar is the New Tobacco: Coca Cola Faces Headwinds

Sugar is the New Tobacco: Coca Cola Faces Headwinds

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 rotate away from dying … [Read more...]

Lyn Alden-by-Two Billionaire Investors Just Bought Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF)

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

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, Lowe's, Walmart, and many other … [Read more...]

Lyn Alden-by-How Silver Can Pay You Dividends

How Silver Can Pay You Dividends

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 price tends to decline in recessions when … [Read more...]

Lyn Alden-by-Blackrock Still Has a Large Runway of Growth

Blackrock Still Has a Large Runway of Growth

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 AUM and fees are … [Read more...]

Lyn Alden-by-3 High-Yield Infrastructure Investments with Safe Distributions

3 High-Yield Infrastructure Investments with Safe Distributions

We're over 8 years into the current economic expansion, which makes this the third longest expansion in United States history.In fact, if we go another 2 years without a recession, we'll have the new American record without one. That sounds like good news to some people, but stock market valuations are also at historically high levels, which should make value investors … [Read more...]

Lyn Alden-by-The Safest Banks to Invest In

The Safest Banks to Invest In

Investing in the safest banks has historically been very lucrative.They have high returns on equity, and can dig economic moats around their businesses in the form of high switching costs.  Changing banks is a hassle, and most consumers don’t bother to take out assets even if they find a competitor that offers slightly better rates.Except for large conglomerates and … [Read more...]

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