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The High Cost to Middle Class of Low Taxes on the Rich

The GOP approach of cutting taxes and slashing expenses has its attractions: Nobody likes paying taxes, and "tightening our belts" sounds ever so grown up. But these proposed cuts in taxes and spending will benefit the wealthy, while placing an outsized burden on the country's poor and middle class.

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.

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:

Bank Stocks Lead Market to a Seventh Winning Week

Stocks wrapped up the week on a positive note despite economic reports that fell short of expectations. But Cort Gwon of FBN Securities says there was lots to cheer about as fears over the debt crisis lessened in Europe and U.S. companies announced stellar earnings.

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.

Under the Radar: Dividend-Yielding Plays [Video]

Hilary Kramer, editor of GameChangerStocks.com says that many investors find solace in dividend yielding stocks during tough times. In this video, Kramer provides three stocks that she says not only sport great dividend yields, but also have significant upside potential.

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.

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:

The Downside of Buybacks Plus Higher Dividends

Over the last three years, companies that boosted dividends or initiated stock buybacks -- both methods intended to raise price per share -- lost an average of more than 10% in stock price. But cash-hoarding companies that did both lost an average of more than 21%.

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.

HCA to Pay $2 Billion Dividend to Private Equity Owners

Hospital chain HCA will issue a $2 billion dividend to private-equity owners including KKR & Co. and Bain Capital LLC. HCA will use a $1.5 billion high-yield bond sale to help pay for the dividend, Bloomberg News reported.

Will Banks Start Raising Dividends Soon?

The Federal Reserve may soon start letting some banks boost their dividends again, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal that cites anonymous sources.

McDonald's Raises Dividend to 61 Cents a Share

McDonald%u2019s (MCD) declared a quarterly cash dividend of 61 cents a share, an 11 % increase over the previous quarterly dividend. This brings the fourth quarter dividend payout to about $650 million, McDonald%u2019s said in a statement.

Four Cash-Rich Pharma Picks From Goldman

While a new report from Goldman says health care is in a state of flux that most of the sector's companies haven't adjusted to yet, it also pinpoints four that have plenty of cash that could be put to good use for investors.

Microsoft Ups Dividend, Plans to Sell Debt

Microsoft (MSFT) upped its quarterly dividend to 16 cents a share from 13 cents a share, an increase of 23%. The new dividend represents an annual dividend yield of 2.5%, TheStreet reported. Microsoft had not raised its dividend in two years.

What If Five Big Techs Started Paying Dividends?

What if other dividend holdouts Apple, Dell, eBay, Google and Yahoo followed Cisco's recent example and also instituted a dividend? Each one can easily afford a similar 2% yield, but whether to take that path isn't an easy decision. Here's out the numbers work out.