Rising Risks For Dividend Growth Investors

Dividend growth investing has performed extremely well over the last several years. And it is easy to see why, in the wake of the financial crisis, with investors seeking safe and reliable ways to grow their savings and income. But with the stock market having performed so well in recent years, it is reasonable to wonder how much longer these consistently strong returns are likely to continue. And when taking a closer look, it seems that risk levels may be rising for dividend growth investors, that warrant increasingly close attention moving forward.

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Stocks: Hold Until Death Do Us Cross?

The Death Cross is an investment market event that simply by its name might send chills through the spine of the average stock investor. It takes place when the average closing price of the U.S. stock market over the last 50 days falls below the average closing price over the last 200 days. Such a crossover between these two readings is widely considered a bearish signal that stocks are poised to plunge much lower. As a result, many investors are inclined to use the Death Cross as a signal that the time has come to lighten up on stock positions and move to the sidelines to protect against portfolio losses. But despite its ominous sounding name, a closer examination is worthwhile to determine whether waiting for a Death Cross is truly an effective strategy from a risk protection standpoint.

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The Dividend Champions Of Champions

They are the best of the best. They are the companies that have stood the test of time when it comes to providing consistently reliable dividends and dividend growth to their shareholders year after year. And for those investors seeking to maintain a dedicated stock allocation regardless of whatever the global economy or its financial markets bring over the coming years – euphorically good to catastrophically bad to anything in between – these dividend champions of champions are worth keeping on a short list for consideration if and when the time and price is right.

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The Greatest Danger For Stock Investors Today

U.S. stock investors have incredible swagger right now. And why shouldn’t they? After all, no matter what gets thrown at the markets over the last several years, stocks end up falling for a few days, at worst, before making up any lost ground and continuing to rally. Recent events have only served to reinforce this confidence, for despite the threat of a cold war revival from the unfolding situation in Ukraine, stocks continue to move persistently higher. It seems nothing can stop the U.S. stock market juggernaut. Unfortunately, it is within this very notion that the greatest danger for investors resides today.

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The Four Horsemen Of The Stock Market Apocalypse

Storm clouds continue to accumulate on the stock market horizon. Following an impressive five-year rally that saw stocks not only rebound from its financial crisis lows but also explode to new highs, signs are continuing to emerge that a change may soon be coming. So while the skies remain generally sunny over the U.S. stock market today with the major averages continuing to set new highs amid notably persistent investor bullishness, it may not be long before markets find themselves confronted with the final judgment when the markets are ultimately forced to begin truly working through all of the excesses that were accumulated first leading up to the financial crisis and then even more so in its aftermath. It may be a few months, a couple of years or perhaps even longer before we finally arrive at this inflection point. Then again, it may have just now gotten underway. Only time will tell. But regardless of the timing, as long as the global economy continues to languish, debt continues to accumulate, and geopolitical tensions continue to mount, such a judgment day is coming. Fortunately, for those investors concerned about such an outcome, investment markets provide not only a way to protect against potential losses but also to achieve impressive rewards for those that are best prepared.

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