Which Stocks Are Attractive Now: U.S. or Europe?

European stocks have under-performed their American peers for many years now. However after years of under-performance European stocks could outperform American stocks this year. According to John Bennett of Henderson European Focus Trust, European stocks offer a bet better bet especially in the value and growth category. Before we get to his reasons, the below chart shows that …

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Pyramid Distribution of US Equity Returns 1825 to 2017

US markets are on track to end the year with negative returns. However over the long run, US equities have had more positive annual returns than negative returns. The following chart shows the Distribution of US Equity Returns from 1825 to 2017: Click to enlarge Note: The returns shown above are Total Returns ( i.e. price …

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Half of Global Stocks and S&P 500 Stocks Are Now in a Bear Market

Many of the major equity markets are in the negative territory year-to-date. The S&P 500 is down by 4.77% based on price alone. But more than half the stocks in the index are down by more than 20% according to a recent MarketWatch article. Similarly half of global stocks are represented in the MSCI World …

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Five Risks to Consider in Dividend Investing

Investing in dividend stocks is a popular strategy among many investors. Dividend stocks offer investors a decent dividend yield in addition to any potential gains from price appreciation. So investors tend to gain twice since not only they get paid dividends quarterly or yearly or twice yearly but also the price gains. Since dividends are …

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