• How Advisors Can Help Find The Optimal Asset Allocation For Clients

    by Doug Carey | Dec 03, 2012
    One of the best ways for advisors to help clients with their retirement portfolios is to change their asset allocation strategy. Sometimes this means reallocating their investment mix to a more aggressive approach and sometimes this means reallocating to a more conservative mix.
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  • Save Your Retirement With Companies Like P&G

    by Doug Carey | Nov 28, 2012
    More than half of those approaching retirement fear that they will run out of money. Because of this we have a record number of people in this country working into their 70s. There are also more people than ever before that have cut their expenses to the bone, moved in with their children, or have sold their home and moved into a low-cost apartment just so they are sure they won’t run out of money.
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  • Dividend Yield Vs. Dividend Growth: AT&T Vs. Johnson & Johnson

    by Doug Carey | Nov 21, 2012
    When looking to build a long-term portfolio of stocks that pay high dividends, investors usually come up with a mix of stocks that either have high dividend yields or high dividend growth rates. It is difficult to find good companies that have both. This means that there is often a choice to be made. All else equal, should one invest in the company that has that enticing high dividend yield, but a low dividend growth rate, or does one exude patience and invest in the company with a relatively low yield, but a high dividend growth rate? To help answer this question I looked at two companies that offer these different alternatives: AT&T (T) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ).
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  • How The Coming Tax Hikes Can Impact Your Retirement Plan

    by Doug Carey | Nov 14, 2012
    Whether you agree with it or not, I think most people now believe that taxes are going to go up in 2013. With the Bush era tax cuts set to expire, we will likely see income taxes go up for those in the upper income tax bracket and we are likely to see a hike in the capital gains tax rate as well as the tax rate on dividends.
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  • The Problem With Beating Inflation With Dividends

    by Doug Carey | Nov 06, 2012
    With consumer price inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, running at 2% year-over-year and 10 year treasury yields at 1.6%, investors cannot even keep up with inflation by investing in treasury bonds. Therefore, many have turned to dividend paying stocks to help keep up with rising prices. This can be a good strategy and I have been recommending many dividend growth stocks such as Coca-Cola (KO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Wal-Mart (WMT), Exxon (XOM), and Procter & Gamble (PG) for a long time.
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