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How to save more money and grow your net worth — cut down on 3 things - Business Insider
I've saved nearly $270,000 at age 28, and I'm convinced the key to growing your net worth is spending less on 3 things
Last year, I vacationed to Alaska, Florida, Colorado, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Plus ski trips to Aspen, Colorado, and Whistler, Canada.
More than I'd like to admit, I also spent aimlessly on concerts and events, spoiled my pets with way too many toys, and cannot remember a single time I turned down a night at the breweries with friends.
Now's the part of the intro where I'm supposed transition to the bad news to let you know how much debt I've racked up, and how I'm living way beyond my means.
But I have a curveball for you. Despite all those expenses, I only spent about $25,000 for the whole year.
This level of frugality allowed me to grow my net worth by $73,000 last year. (Of which, about $35,000 was investment returns and the remaining $38,000 was from saving over 50% of my income, plus employer 401(k) contributions.)
How?
I focused on just three expenses.
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The Washington Post: A guide to the financial crisis — 10 years later
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Ten questions as we look back at the Great Recession. Read the full story
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A stock-market bear signal is at a more-than-4-decade high, says Goldman - MarketWatch
A stock-market bear signal is at a more-than-4-decade high, says Goldman
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Goldman’s bull-bear indicator is flashing red.
A gauge of bullish and bearish momentum in the U.S. stock market is ringing alarms for strategists at Goldman Sachs.
The investment bank’s so-called bull-bear indicator, which examines five market factors, indicates that the likelihood of a bear market occurring is at its highest point since around the mid-1970s (see chart below).
Goldman analysts led by Peter Oppenheimer, chief global equities strategist, said an unusual period for Wall Street, characterized by loose monetary policy and a recent spate of fiscal stimulus has resulted in an uncannily bullish cycle for markets that is likely to come to a screeching halt.
However, the upshot of the 54-page Goldman report dated Sept. 4 isn’t that investors should panic and head for the hills, but rather that a period of lower returns should be anticipated (see chat below).
The report comes as U.S. stocks have registered a decadelong, bull rally, making it the lengthiest period of equity-market prosperity, by certain measures, with the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.27% advancing more than 320% since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.08% during that period, has climbed nearly 300%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.23% has rallied by more than 520%, underscoring the outsize returns in the technology-and-internet related sector that has helped to buttress the broader stock market then and now.
Thus far in 2018, the S&P 500 has gained 7.6%, the Dow has climbed about 5%, while the tech-centric Nasdaq has soared by nearly 15% in the first nine months of the year. (However, the tech sector has come under severe pressure in the past week).
Goldman points out that tech performance has also coincided with strong earnings, or earnings per share, performance for tech-related stocks (see chart below):
Still, Oppenheimer, in a phone interview with MarketWatch, cautioned against interpreting the Goldman report as a staunchly bearish outlook. “We’re not flying the flag here and saying that there is going to be a deep bear market.”
He said some of the effects of any downturn may be moderated by a number of factors including an interest rate environment here and abroad that remains accommodative even as the world’s central banks aim to reset their monetary policy from financial crisis mode.
The Federal Reserve is widely expected to lift interest rates later this month at the conclusion of its two-day policy-setting gathering on Sept. 26. Oppenheimer also said that inflation remains subdued and that makes it unlikely that the Fed will feel a need to dial rates up rapidly to cool an overheated economy. “That may be one of the reason why we don’t see an economic downturn” in the cards, the Goldman strategists told MarketWatch.
Oppenheimer reiterated one line contained within the Goldman research report that reflects the unusual combination of monetary and fiscal stimulus that has given rise to such strong returns, noting that “the current cycle has been difficult to pin down” (read the excerpt from the report below):
Given such strong returns, many investors are wondering how long the economic cycle and bull market can last, and what type of conditions could follow. The difficulty in answering these questions is that the current cycle has been difficult to pin down. It has been, and remains, a very unusual cycle, making historical comparisons less reliable. The following are a few ‘unconventional’ aspects of the post financial crisis cycle that we should think about.
A 20% decline for the market, representing the typical definition of a bear market for an asset, hasn’t occurred in years (see chart below), according to Goldman, and may be halting for investors that have grown accustomed to this current phase of mostly levitating markets.
The upshot that Goldman offers to its clients: Brace for more modest to flat returns in the years ahead.
Read: Despite stock records, bears have ‘unfinished business’ with market, Morgan Stanley warns
Also read: Prepare for the biggest stock-market selloff in months, Morgan Stanley warns
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september 2018 by neerajsinghvns
Wealthy Retirement - Forever Dividend Stocks
Forever Dividend Stocks
A Wealthy Retirement Special Report:
How does a steady flow of income, 24 dividend payments a year, for an average yield of 3.21% sound?
If you love dividends and, more importantly, love to see those dividends go up every year... then you need to consider forever dividend stocks for your portfolio. These are stocks we believe you can buy and hold forever.
In this report, we will uncover our six favorite dividends stocks that have been hand selected from our Compound Income Portfolio.
The Compound Income Portfolio is designed for wealth seekers. This portfolio uses the immense power of dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) to compound dividends and grow wealth in a conservative manner.
The concept is very simple:
If you buy 1,000 shares of a $10 stock and receive a 4% yield, and those $400 (4% on $10,000) are reinvested... At the end of one year, you'll have 1,040 shares. Those extra 40 shares also generate dividends.
If the dividend grows 10% per year, after five years you'll have 1,227 shares.
After 10 years you'll own 1,544 shares. Keep in mind that all those shares are generating more and more dividends every year as the dividend goes higher.
After that, the compounding math is a wonder to behold...
After 10 years (presuming average market returns), your original $10,000 is now worth $31,777. The annual yield on your DRIP is 14.1%.
After 15 years, you have $58,993 (and a yield of 29.3%).
In 20 years, you're looking at $113,019... and an astounding annual yield of 62.9%!
The easiest way to reinvest your dividends is to simply tell your broker you want your dividends reinvested. Most brokers offer this service free of charge. So you can buy a stock once, pay one commission and hold it for years without paying another dime as the nest egg grows.
One thing to remember: If the stocks are in a taxable account, you will owe taxes on the dividends even if you are reinvesting them and not collecting the cash. So be sure to have enough cash set aside to pay your taxes every year.
Now that we have covered the power of compounding, let's get to the picks...
Forever Dividend Stock #1: Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP)
Our first pick is a Master Limited Partnership (MLP).
Most MLPs are energy-related. However, this one is a play on global infrastructure.
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners owns and operates electricity transmission lines in South America, timberland in North America, ports in Europe and railroads in Australia.
It pays a 4.61% yield and has raised the dividend an average of 11.36% over the past five years. Management has lifted the dividend every year for seven years. In the most recent quarter, funds from operations (FFO) – a measure of cash flow for MLPs – grew 28.08%. Recently commissioned capital projects helped boost FFO. And they will continue to do so going forward.
Over the last four quarters, Brookfield paid 68.72% of FFO in the form of dividends. It is committed to paying 60% to 70% in the future.
Forever Dividend Stock #2: Lazard (NYSE: LAZ)
Our second pick is a company that pays a 3.28% yield, raises its dividend every year and has been thriving since James Polk was president.
Lazard (NYSE: LAZ) is an asset manager and an investment bank that’s been around since 1848. It operates in 43 cities within 27 countries. Lazard is widely considered the top boutique investment bank. It even generates more investment banking revenue than some of its larger peers.
Lazard has been in the asset management business since 1953. It has $226 billion under management. Lazard operates 33 mutual funds and two closed-end funds, and offers alternative investments.
Lazard has raised its dividend every year since 2011. It currently pays $0.44 per share quarterly, which comes out to $1.76 per year
That gives us a yield of 3.28%. That’s not bad considering the company has boosted its dividend by an average of 23.12% per year over the last five years.
Forever Dividend Stock #3: Texas Instruments (Nasdaq: TXN)
Our next pick is one of the world's leading chipmakers.
Founded in 1930, and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Texas Instruments designs, manufactures and sells semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide.
The company has a 2.41% yield, but has been growing the dividend at over 22.09% per year over the past five years. Though it recently raised the dividend 24%, we're going with a slightly lower growth forecast of 16.4%.
In the last twelve months, it only paid out 47.07% of its free cash flow in dividends, so it has plenty of room to continue to send more cash to shareholders.
Forever Dividend Stock #4: AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV)
AbbVie is another long-term dividend pick.
The company is a worldwide pharmaceutical developer and manufacturer. Two of its most promising drugs are Imbruvica and Humira.
Imbruvia treats chronic lymphocytic leukemia, mantle cell lymphoma and Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, another form of lymphoma. Imbruvica is also being studied in other cancers and is expected to become one of the biggest-selling cancer drugs ever.
By 2020, Imbruvica is projected to generate between $4 billion and $5 billion in revenue annually.
And Humira is already one of most lucrative medicines on the market..
Humira, which treats rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and Crohn’s disease, logged $18 billion in sales last year and should do about and should do about $20 billion this year.
AbbVie’s current portfolio of drugs and its pipeline are expected to generate the second-fastest growth rate in the industry – not bad for a $157 billion company (that’s big, by the way). Among the large cap pharma dividend payers, it is first.
The tremendous growth from Humira, Imbruvica and the rest of AbbVie’s portfolio is projected to raise earnings by more than 25.4% per year over the next three years. Free cash flow is forecast to jump 20.8% in 2018. The company recently hiked its dividend by 35.21%.
It pays a solid 3.98% yield that is growing by more than 29.82% per year.
Forever Dividend Stock #5: Raytheon (NYSE: RTN)
Raytheon provides a wide range of defense products and services, from electronics systems to missile systems. It manufactures the same kind of FLIR (forwardlooking infrared) imaging technology that Boston authorities used to target the Boston Marathon bombers.
Raytheon's biggest customer by far is the United States government. But it has been increasing its international business. The company has a $2.4 billion contract to provide Qatar with Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems.
Sequestration or a smaller defense budget could cause revenue growth to slow. But with increased international business and the plethora of lunatics parading as leaders of nations, Raytheon's business should have no problem remaining strong enough to continue to generate gobs of cash.
And as income investors, that's what we're most interested in.
In the last twelve months, Raytheon generated $3.07 billion in cash flow from continuing operations. Free cash flow – a more conservative gauge of cash flow because it takes into account capital expenditures – was $2.39 billion. The company paid out $925 million in dividends for a payout ratio of just 38.70%.
That means even if free cash flow slips, Raytheon has plenty of room to not only pay the dividend but to raise it, like it has for the past nine years.
And those raises have been substantial. Over the past five years, Raytheon has increased the dividend an average of 9.72% per year.
The stock has a yield of 1.64%. Combined with the 9.72% average annual dividend raise, it fits in perfectly within the forever dividend stock system.
Forever Dividend Stock #6: Eaton Corp. (NYSE: ETN)
With a 3.42% dividend yield that we expect to grow 12% over the next several years, Eaton Corp. (NYSE: ETN) is the perfect setup for income seekers.
Eaton produces equipment that helps customers manage power more efficiently. It’s a huge business with more than 102,000 employees in 60 countries and customers in 175 countries.
It makes flight control systems, beverage distribution tubing, switches for keypads and thousands of other products.
Over the last twelve months, Eaton generated $2 billion in free cash flow. Over that same period of time it paid out $1.09 billion in dividends for a payout ratio of 54.5%.
That payout ratio is well below our target of 75%. And free cash flow is expected to improve substantially in the future.
Over the next two years, free cash flow is projected to grow an average of 9.79% year-over-year.
It should be more than enough to pay the rising dividend each year.
The company has raised the dividend 14 times in the past 16 years and annually since 2010. It has paid a dividend every year since 1923.
Considering the company's cash flow growth estimates, we expect Eaton to increase its dividend for the next several years.
And there is special tax treatment concerning its dividend…
Eaton is based in Dublin, Ireland. Typically, U.S. investors would have foreign taxes withheld from their dividend payments and then apply for the foreign tax credit with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
However, Eaton’s dividend does not have foreign tax withheld if you live in the U.S.
Additionally – and this is a very attractive feature – Eaton’s dividend is mostly considered return of capital, despite the fact that it is not a partnership like a master limited partnership.
Because the dividend is considered a return of capital, most investors will not be taxed on the dividend. Instead, it will lower their tax basis.
Because the dividend is not taxed, we suggest you keep Eaton in your taxable accounts. That way you’re not taking up room in your tax-deferred accounts.
You can reinvest the dividend and let it grow tax-deferred for many years or until your cost basis is zero.
Then you’ll have to start paying taxes on it. But we’re likely looking at 12 years before that happens.
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