Company breakups have been around since the beginning of time. Businesses come together for so-called synergies and then split up when it becomes clear those synergies would never be realized or appreciated by investors. Some are forced by the government, like Standard Oil in 1911, but others voluntarily break up to extract value for shareholders,…

Consumer staples stocks are a good source of stable dividends and steady growth from year to year. Businesses that sell products or services that consumers need in everyday life tend to have steady growth, even with the economy is in a recession. These companies are then able to provide dividends to shareholder, often raising them…