Money Matters - Simplified


The Top Dividend Aristocrats in Capital Goods

Dividend-paying companies are an oasis in the desert of underperforming stocks. They offer solid payouts today andthe promise of capital gains tomorrow. According to a study by Ibbotson, reinvested dividends made up about 40% of total stock returns from 1926 to 2006. In fact, dividend investing is so appealing that superinvestor Warren Buffett has made it a significant component of his portfolio.

Amass Your Fortune With These Top Stocks

You don't need the investing acumen of Warren Buffett or the riches of a trust fund baby to achieve financial success. Since the stock market is your best hope for realizing your dreams, start investing today, by putting away small sums of money every month. Then seek out undervalued small-cap stocks for your greatest returns. I like these stocks because they offer opportunities for growth, while still being mostly overlooked by the big investors.

Sony Debuts iTunes Competitor

 A few months after introducing its product of choice, Sony (NYSE: SNE) officially has entered the digital music market -- an industry long dominated by Apple's(Nasdaq: AAPL) iTunes.


Warren Buffett Isn't a Stock Picker?

"Buffett buys control of companies. He is not a stock picker."
-- Dan Solin

Wait, what? Come again? The preceding is a comment from investment writer Dan Solin responding to a reader of his recent post "Foolish Advice From the Motley Fool." The advice that he's referring to came from yours truly.

Are These High-Yield Stocks Too Good to Be True?

 They say that some things are too good to be true. The same can go for high-yielding stocks that are selling at very low valuations. It's easy to run a basic screen that finds companies that yield a high dividend and sell below a targeted P/E ratio. But identifying these companies is not enough. That's only when the real work begins.


High-Priced Stocks Worth Every Penny

Penny stocks are one way to double your money, though it's fraught with risk, but there are equally shiny opportunities trading at the other end of the price spectrum, too. I call 'em "three-digit stocks," yet if they're anything like Berkshire Hathaway they can trade in the four-, five-, and six-digit range, too.

Bone find may solve Amelia Earhart's mystery

The remains found on a remote island, 1,800 miles off the cost of Hawaii, can unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, who went missing when she took a flight in an attempt to fly across the equator.

iPhone, iPad Details Leaked by Man Charged With Insider Trading

One of the four men arrested for taking part in an insider-trading scheme at several major technology firms leaked confidential details of Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) new line of iPhones and iPads to hedge fund companies, according to indictments.

Pick Up the Red Phone: It's Nucor's Dan DiMicco

I want a red phone. It's not that I'm fixated on the color, but I find the concept of a dedicated line to the people we most need to reach in times of distress to be a comforting proposition.

Best Values in Oil and Gas

Study after study has shown that stocks with low price-to-earnings multiples significantly outperform high P/E stocks. Research from my favorite investing guru, NYU professor Aswath Damodaran, pegged the outperformance at anywhere from 9% to 12% per year, depending on the study period. That's big money we're talking about.