dividend stocks

4 Dividend Stocks to Avoid

A generous distribution isn't always a good thing. Here are the potential pitfalls that can derail your pursuit of income.

Are Dividend Stocks a Good Bet?

The toughest problem retirees face in today's financial markets is how to get a decent yield on our savings -- but there are stable, decent-paying investments worth exploring.

5 Companies Slashing Their Dividends

Investors love earning dividends, and over the past year, thousands of companies have rewarded shareholders with boosted payouts. But lately, some companies have been cutting back on or eliminating dividends altogether. Here's a look at five that made this unpopular move, and why.

Banks Pass Fed Stress Tests -- All But Ally

Seventeen of the nation’s 18 leading banks have passed the Federal Reserve’s so-called stress test. That means they have sufficient capital to handle a major shock to the financial system, at least more so than at any time since 2008. The only one to fail: Ally Financial.

Dividend Stocks: The Best Raises You'll Never Earn

Conventional wisdom says that the most conservative investors were the ones most interested in capturing dividend income. But dividend stocks are now favored by many others as well, and they have lots of high-yielding options to choose from.

Should You Invest Your Emergency Fund?

Smart personal finance rules dictate having an emergency savings fund set aside where you can access it fast. But do you really have to keep enough money for three to six months of expenses in a savings account where it earns almost no interest?