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Readers' Tips for Financial Revival, Part 3: Investing

A few weeks ago, we asked DailyFinance readers for their best tips for putting your financial house in order. We've covered saving and spending wisely. Now, we move on to another key to long-term financial security: making your money work for you.

An Apple Stock Dividend in 2012? Keep Dreaming

Apple investors should be some of the happiest folks on Wall Street, and for the most part, they are -- except when it comes to dividends. Here%u2019s why shareholders still are unlikely to get any of Apple's ever-growing cash hoard.

Macy's Raises Profit Outlook, Doubles Dividend

Macy's is raising its earnings outlook for the fourth quarter and full year due to a strong holiday season and says it will double its quarterly dividend to 20 cents a share. The retailer is also increasing its share repurchase program by $1 billion. The announcements came as the department store operator reported Thursday that a key measure of its December sales rose faster than analysts had expected.

The Best Dividend Offense Is a Good Defense Stock

In 2011, the S&P 500 Index went nowhere. In fact, it lost a little. But you don't have to suffer just because stock prices stay flat -- if you buy companies that pay strong dividends, like these 4 options in the defense sector.

How to Make Up for Social Security's Meager Raise

For the first time since 2009, Social Security recipients will get a COLA increase in their checks in 2012. But that 3.6% bump probably isn't going to cover the real rise in your expenses. So where should you invest to find that extra income?

How Retirees Can Get Better Returns on Their Nest Eggs

A retiree named Bob is confronting a dilemma many of his peers face: His nest egg is parked in safe cash investments, like certificates of deposit, and earning barely any interest. What can he do to get a better return? Laura Rowley looks at an increasingly popular alternative.

Escape the Low-Interest Trap With Dividend Stocks

A few years ago, with $1 million invested in CDs, you could have lived off your interest, but with rates at historic lows, now your returns would barely cover a few mortgage payments. This is forcing retirees to find new, fairly safe ways to get those returns. The experts' recommendation? Dividend stocks.

5 Hot Utility Stocks After Snowstorm's Winter Wipeout

Utility stocks were down Monday in the wake of the wicked winter storm that tossed the Northeast over the weekend. But it's on panicky days like these that long-term investors want to be taking a second look at utilities. Not only are they less volatile than fast-growing tech stocks, some pay hefty dividends.

11 New Rules for Fiscal Survival in a Weak Economy

That simple wait-and-see game plan we adopted when we believed recovery was just around the corner? Not cutting it anymore -- if it ever did. It's time for new strategies to win in the New Normal. Here's a rundown of ideas that once worked to which it's time to say goodbye, and the current wisdom for replacing them.

3 Ways to Prepare for a Falling Market

Despite today's rally -- which saw the Dow headed for its third straight day of gains, making up most of last week's 737-point plunge -- signs point to the stock market continuing to fall. Here's how to protect and grow your portfolio.

3 Easy Ways to Get Great Dividends

Investments that generate income, have the potential for strong growth, and offer protection against stock market downturns: That compelling combination of attributes has made dividend stocks so popular with investors these days. To make the most of it, some investors are turning to ETFs.

10 Smart Places to Invest In Case the U.S. Defaults

The odds that the U.S. will default on its debt increase each day, and even if a short-term deal is reached, the ratings agencies may downgrade U.S. debt anyway. If that happens, turmoil could roil the markets. So where can the smart money flee for safety? 24/7 Wall St. offers 10 safe options.

5 Dividend Stocks You Can Rely on in a Slow Economy

Companies with strong balance sheets and high dividends will be among the few safe investment harbors if the economy continues to cool -- and given today's conditions, it's hard to imagine how the recent stock market rally could last much longer. Here are five dividend stocks that should keep paying strong returns.

Five Dividend Payers to Save Your Portfolio

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Motley Fool analyst Matt Koppenheffer decided to twist that nugget of wisdom a bit and look at what did work in past and figure out how we can repeat it. Doing so, he found five dividend payers that fit the bill today.

Why P&G Is a Great Stock to Hold Into Retirement

If you're nearing retirement, Procter & Gamble might be a good addition to your stock portfolio. Its personal care focus, its history of creating new products, its near 50% dividend payout and its strong cash flow give it a stable outlook and make it a compelling choice for those looking to buy and hold.

10 Highest Dividend Stocks of the S&P

The S&P 500 is one of the most followed stock market index in the world. Mutual fund managers benchmark their returns against it, yet somehow the vast majority underperform the index every year. Many dividend investors choose to ignore the index, and instead focus on its components.

Three Dividend Stocks That Are Energy Plays Too

Given the uncertain prospects of the U.S. economic recovery, its not surprising that many investors are reluctant to pour more money into stocks this spring. One lower-risk way to invest is to buy stocks that also pay decent dividends. Here are three options in the energy sector:

Four Dividend Stocks Showing You the Money

Retailer T.J. Maxx isn't only for bargain shoppers. Dividend seekers will be happy to know that its parent company TJX is boosting its quarterly payout by a whopping 27%. It's not alone. Here are a few other dividend stocks you may want to own.

11 Smart Places to Invest Your Money Now

As the economic recovery takes hold and the investing landscape shifts again, it's important to adjust your investment strategy to take advantage of the new opportunities. Here are 11 areas experts think you should consider putting your money into right now:

For Big Banks, Dividends
Set to Make a Comeback

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is the latest bank exec to raise this enticing prospect, just in time for banks to start releasing earnings. Overall, Wall Street is expecting the big banks to post strong results, including improved credit quality and increased capital.

Dividend Payments Jumped by $26.5 Billion in 2010

U.S. companies added $26.5 billion to dividend payments in 2010 -- a far cry from 2009's $42.4 billion decline -- and analysts predict an even better year for dividends in 2011, a windfall to investors that could lift equity markets higher.

10 Rules of the Most Successful Amateur Investors

It's well known that 80% of professional fund managers underperform the market -- so how can an amateur investor like you hope to succeed? Matthew Schifrin, the investing editor of Forbes magazine, hunted down 10 of the best-performing amateur investors over the past decade and asked them for their investing secrets.

DailyFinance's Top 11 Value Stocks for 2011

Wall Street expects the S&P 500 to tacking on an 11% gain over the next 12 months -- with lots of ups and downs along the way. That has us inclined to play defense in our 2011 picks, with an eye toward bargain stocks paying generous, sustainable dividends. Here are our top 11 for 2011:

Limited Brands to Pay Special Dividend of $3 a Share

Limited Brands (LTD), owner of retail chains including Victoria%u2019s Secret and Bath & Body Works, will pay out a special dividend of $3 a share. The company also plans to buy back $200 million of its shares, Limited Brands said in a statement.

Nine Surprising Total-Return Plays in Technology

Something unusual is happening in the ever-exciting world of technology: The glamorous high techs that elicited immense awe as global growth leaders are now in the new proletariat class of attractive dividend plays. Here are nine dividend paying high techs.

Siemens Raises Dividend on Growth Outlook

Siemens AG (SI) upped its dividend for the first time in four years as it aims for strong growth in emerging markets. The German engineering company is proposing to pay out 2.7 euros per share, after three years of holding dividends at 1.6 euros per share, Bloomberg News said.