2022 was a tough year for most global equities markets. One notable exception was Latin America. The iShares Latin America 40 ETF (NYSEARCA:ILF) rose nearly 10% for the year compared with an 18% decline in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY). With some strategists forecasting 2023 will be another strong year for the region, today we’ll…

If there was ever a reason to consider defensive stocks to buy, House Republicans gave one of the most compelling. After 15 rounds of voting amid deep divisions in the conservative party, Representative Kevin McCarthy of California finally won the election as the new House Speaker. Of course, the matter could not have been more…

If you are looking for passive income, it is time to dig into best dividend stocks that have a solid record of never disappointing investors.  This hasn’t been a great year for the stock market. Right from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the inflation crisis, stocks have rallied as the year ended in the hope…

The top dividend stock picks for 2023 are surefire ways for investors to protect themselves against several current issues. Their dividends provide extra returns for portfolios that have been battered in a very difficult 2022. Further, they provide income that can be used to offset the effects of stubbornly-high inflation that continues to eat into…

With global recession fears rising, investors naturally find themselves scrambling for boring, dependable ideas but sin stocks may offer a potentially superior (and more exciting) alternative. To be fair, these ideas may challenge your sensibilities. Please do not mistake these companies as environmental, social and governance (ESG) trades. However, during hard times, few fundamental catalysts…

The stock market is on a long-term downtrend as interest rates rise and inflation remains high despite a slight cool-off. Many retirement portfolios that invest in indexes such as S&P500 are down at least 17% year-to-date. That is even more awful when you add inflation to the equation. Of course, no stock is immune to…

SilverBox Engaged Merger I (NASDAQ:SBEA) stock represents a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) that raised $300 million in February and has a target. Source: Dmitry Demidovich/ShutterStock.com My InvestorPlace colleague David Moadel called Black Rifle Coffee the “Starbucks of the right” recently. The coffee company caters to veterans and first responders.  Moadel believes Black Rifle Coffee is…

There’s a tremendous amount of disagreement in the markets right now with respect to where the economy could be headed from here. Concerns related to inflation, overvaluation, and an eventual end to the existing accommodative monetary and fiscal stimulus measures have some investors considering taking the foot off the gas. Or, they’re looking at defensive…

Hot dog restaurant chain Portillo’s (NASDAQ:PTLO) held a successful initial public offering (IPO) in mid-October that raised $400 million, and that has put food in focus for many investors. Founded in 1963, Oak Brook, Illinois-based Portillo’s owns and operates 67 restaurants across nine U.S. states. The company sold 20 million shares at $20 apiece, and…

Often acclaimed as “the Steve Jobs of Investing,” Ray Dalio is an investment expert whose tough-but-innovative management style has revolutionized how to analyze stocks to buy. Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates in 1975, now one of the most successful hedge funds out there with over $200 billion in assets under management (AUM). This ace investor employs…

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has replaced Meta Platforms (NASDAQ:FB) in the $1 trillion stock club. Elon Musk is now the world’s wealthiest man, worth over $300 billion. Source: Shutterstock It seems impossible, but Tesla shares are up just over 70% in three months. While it now has roughly half the entire auto industry’s market capitalization, Tesla still…

While dividend yields have partially declined of late due to rallying stock prices, it’s still possible to find attractive high-yield retirement stocks on Wall Street. These businesses typically generate stable cash flow, boast strong balance sheets, and have reasonable dividend payout ratios. As a result, these companies have the financial resilience to grow their businesses…

Seasoned income investors know that the secret to good dividend stocks isn’t always about the size of the yield, it’s about the consistency. Income investing isn’t a short-term game. It’s a long-term strategy, so you need quality stocks that can deliver dependable income in good times and bad. Newcomers in income or total return investing…

While virtually every business sector suffered devastating losses during the initial onslaught of the novel coronavirus pandemic, among the worst-hit industries was food services. Suddenly, once-popular eating establishments found themselves staring at zero traffic, sending restaurant stocks cratering. Fortunately, gradual acclimatization and the vaccine rollout helped bring the sector back from the brink. However, economic…

There’s no denying that earnings announcements in October typically mean increased choppiness in equities. But on the other hand, the stock market tends to stage a new leg up in fall and winter months. Soaring consumer spending during the holiday season, including Halloween, Black Friday and Christmas, bring cheer to many stocks to buy. Despite…

The allure of dividend stocks should be increasing right now. The Fed has signaled that it will soon begin tapering the market stimulus it provided during the pandemic. Following the news in late September, there hasn’t been any immediate shock. In general, broader markets including the S&P 500 index traded down after Labor Day. But…

Since Brian Niccol was recruited from Yum! Brands’ (NYSE:YUM) Taco Bell unit to run Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE:CMG) in March 2018, Chipotle stock is up 492%. Source: Northfoto / Shutterstock.com Niccol replaced founder Steve Ells, who resigned in the wake of a food poisoning scandal.  The turnaround has been remarkable. Chipotle stock closed Sept. 23 at…

Many investors often break their portfolio into separate baskets, such as core holdings versus non-core holdings. Core holdings, including dividend stocks, are often considered to be the best available companies to own as their competitive advantages have set them apart from their peers. These are the stocks investors plan to hold forever. These types of…

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