The Number of U.S. Stock Listings Continue To Decline

The total number of U.S. listed companies has continued to fall since the 1990s. From 1980 thru 1996 the number of listed companies rose steadily. But since then the number has declined year-after-after. The consequences of the low number of listed companies available for investors is huge. According to a research report from Credit Suisse, …

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New Feature Added: Dividend History of Dow Jones Index Constituents

One of the new features that I have added on this site is the Dividend History of Stocks. Currently the dividend history of all the components of the Dow are posted. More dividend history pages of other companies will be added regularly. You can check out the dividend history pages by clicking on the Dividend …

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Tech Firms Dominate The World’s Top Companies By Market Value

Silicon Valley tech companies dominate the list of the world’s top eight companies by market capitalization. The five tech firms in the list are: Apple(AAPL), Alphabet(GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN) and Facebook(FB). Old-world giants like Exxon Mobile(XOM) and Johnson & Johnson(JNJ) have lower market caps than the tech titans. Click to enlarge Source: Silicon Valley behemoths …

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Corporate Tax Rates in Select Developed Countries: Chart

The US corporate tax rate has stayed at the 40% rate for many years now. But in many developed countries the tax rate has been been declining in the past few years as shown in the chart below: Click to tn enlarge   Source: Charles Schwab, KPMG data as of 4/26/2017. The U.S. statutory corporate …

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Should You Hold Emerging Market Stocks For The Long-Term ?

Emerging market equities can offer substantially higher returns than developed equities due to many reasons. For instance, the economies of developing countries grow much higher and faster than developed countries.While firms in the developed world may struggle to grow their market share in the domestic market companies in the emerging world may continue to expand …

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Dividends: How Much Do They Contribute to Total Returns ?

Dividends form an important source of return when calculating the overall total return of an equity investment. While price appreciation is not guaranteed dividends can continue to paid out by firms. Though dividends can be suspended or cut, mature high-quality companies large-cap companies do not take such actions other than in extreme circumstances. For investors …

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