The Price We Pay for Keeping Our Promises

Recent studies show that most Americans cannot tell the difference between various investment products available for retirement accounts. That, and most Americans don’t know whom to ask for advice and how much to pay for that advice. Whether it’s stocks, bonds, variable annuities, mutual funds or any number of ‘alternative investments,’ that confusion translates into…

Global Dividend Disconnect

While there’s been a lot of talk on Wall Street about improving earnings and economic growth, the truth is those talked-about improvements are not being reflected in global dividend growth.  Executives usually think long and hard about how much cash they really have available to send out in dividends.Once they pay or increase a dividend, investors expect them to pay at least that much the next year.  Basically, dividends are where the rubber meets the road in terms of business performance.   

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