Chatter Around the World – 120

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

2015 Global Peace Index

2015 Global Peace Index

Image Source: Institute For Economics & Peace

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

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Dominion Resources Inc Dividend Stock Analysis

Dominion Resources, Inc. (D) is one of the largest utility companies in America operating in the electric and gas utility subsectors. The company produces and transports energy serving 5 million utility and retail energy customers in 10 states. The company operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power, Dominion Generation, and Dominion Energy.

A combined gas-and-electric utility business has been identified in the industry as the path to growth going forward. Dominion owning its own natural gas infrastructure, has a competitive advantage in this sense over its competitors, and while they play catch up, Dominion is investing to incrementally upgrade and better the infrastructure totaling upto $19.2B between 2015 and 2020. Going forward this should bode well for the earnings growth. The company is a dividend contender having raised dividends for 12 consecutive years, with a 5-year dividend CAGR of 6.5%, and has a Chowder Rule of 10.04.

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Recent Buy – Ventas Inc

Ventas Inc

Its been a quiet month in my portfolio as I have been watching mostly from the sidelines waiting for the right opportunity. While the overall market is at lofty levels, it is important to remember that it is market of stocks and not a stock market. Yes, the indexes point to the fact that the overall market (measured according to these indexes – which simply includes the valuation of the index components) are stretched, but there are pockets of opportunities that exist and patience is the name of the game. As earnings season starts up, one opportunity finally came up last Friday and I was able to deploy some cash adding to an existing position.

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Chatter Around the World – 119

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

world-debt-60-trillion-infographic

$60 Trillion of World Debt Visualized

Image Source: Visual Capitalist

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

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