Not All Dividends Are The Same Even When Their Yield Is Similar

The better informed the investor is, the better the investment decisions they can make. But being an informed investor can be a very arduous task, and some would even say that conducting research on common stocks is a real snoozer. Poring over mounds of financial data and trying to piece this information into meaningful and useful knowledge is not the average person’s idea of a good time. Most people have better things to do with their time yet recognize that making sound financial decisions is critical to their future.

It is logical to assume that the more you know about the companies you are investing in, the smarter you can be about making good choices. As previously stated, researching common stocks can be tedious, confusing, and complex. But investing in common stocks without thoroughly understanding what you are buying or what you own can be foolish and dangerous at the same time. Therefore, most would agree that a comprehensive and thorough research process before investing is prudent and necessary.

So, if you are not willing to do the job yourself, then hiring a professional that you believe is competent and you can trust is a reasonable course of action. Even then, most investors would be more comfortable with their portfolios if they understood what they own and why they own it. Knowledge is power, and regarding investing, I believe an essential key to achieving financial success and controlling the amount of risk taken to achieve it.

On the other hand, if turning your money over to a professional is not appealing, you could seek the assistance of research tools and or services. Although I am admittedly biased, the Dividend Kings’ marketplace service on Seeking Alpha provides individual dividend stock ideas as well as model portfolios to fit most every dividend investor’s needs. We also offer several tools to assist you in determining the safety and quality of the selections that are recommended.

Dividend Kings’ subscribers are also offered a discount on the Premium Monthly Subscription to FAST Graphs (fundamentals analyzer software tool). This powerful research “tool to think with” was developed and designed to make the important task of researching a company easier and more efficient. This tool is not designed to be the end-all, as I believe that no such tool could even exist. Instead, this tool was designed to make the process of researching a company not only easier and more efficient for the average investor, but also to provide a clear and instant perspective of the fundamental value and financial strength of each company they own or might be interested in owning. Therefore, subscribers are capable of instantly deciding whether the company they are considering is research worthy or not.

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Disclosure: Long UGI

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell the stocks ...

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