Should I Buy Blue-Chip Stocks Right Now?

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I received this question recently from one of my readers:

“hi tim, i love your articles. i have a question for you. With the dow at >15,000 how aggressively would you buy exxon, pg, jnj etc. would you buy 100 shares then wait for a pull back? Thanks, manoj”

Hi Manoj. When we make investments, one of the best weapons we have in our arsenal is the ability to make each investment one at a time. The fact that the Dow Jones is trading above 15,000 (or whatever figure might be dominating the headlines) says little about the valuation specifics of each company. For instance, Aflac typically traded at 250-400% of book value,

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Royal Dutch Shell: The Perfect Stock For Your Roth IRA

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Tucking away high dividend-paying oil stocks in a tax shelter like a Roth IRA is one of the most underrated ways that an investor can accelerate the journey of turning an income stream into an income gusher. Companies like BP, Conoco, and Royal Dutch Shell that give investors a 4-5% starting dividend yield that typically grow over time can be a surprisingly effective way to build up your nest egg.

Let’s take a quick look at what can happen if you use a company like Royal Dutch Shell to augment your nest egg. Right now, Royal Dutch Shell trades at $70 per share and pays out a $0.90 quarterly dividend. On an annualized

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Why Republic Services Stock Is A Mini-Microsoft

Beginning around 2002 or so, Microsoft founder Bill Gates began to systematically liquidate his immense Microsoft fortune, selling as much Microsoft stock as he could each day without having a material impact on the stock price of the company that he founded. The proceeds of Gates’ stock sales poured into his investment holding vehicle, Cascade Investment Holdings, LLC, that has long been managed by Michael Larson.

Although Larson is believed to exercise considerable autonomy over the investment selections, I pay close attention to the investments that show Bill Gates’ thumbprints.

One such investment was Republic Services (RSG), the waste collection company, which Cascade purchased during the Great Depression for a price of under Read the rest of this article!