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Blue Chip Stocks

Looking to own the creme de la creme of Wall Street? Blue Chip stocks, with their sky-high market caps, lucrative dividends, and proven growth still reign supreme.

3 Reasons Blue Chip Dividend Stocks Tend to Outperform Non- Dividend Stocks
Blue chip dividend paying stocks have a long history of earning greater shareholder returns that non- dividend paying stocks.

What is an "Excellent Business" - And How Can You Know When You've Found One?
Warren Buffett frequently talks about the importance of an excellent business and explains why investors should seek to own companies that qualify as an excellent business in their own portfolio of common stocks. This article explains exactly what an excellent business is and the one metric that allows you to separate them from the other stocks.

When Buy and Hold Doesn’t Work
There are times that buying and holding blue chip stocks doesn't work because of the underlying health of the business or the price at which you acquire your shares. This article will help explain when buy and hold doesn't work and how you can think of better ways to protect your portfolio.

Building Equity in Businesses
The easiest way to build your net worth is to build your ownership of businesses. If you rely on your labor, your ability to work, you are always going to be limited by your physical capacity for labor and the amount of time you can put into your efforts. Ownership of a business or businesses, on the other hand, can allow you to make money. Think about all the people in the world drinking soda, or shaving, or heating their homes all while you are sleeping at home, secure in your bed!

What is a Blue Chip?
Find out what a "Blue Chip" stands for.

Intro to Stock Trading
In this beginner’s stock trading tutorial, you’ll be empowered with the knowledge necessary to place the types of trades that meet your personal requirements and objectives.

How did "Blue Chips" get their name?
Ever wonder how "Blue Chips" got their title? Clue: It has to do with poker...

The Benefits of Owning Blue Chip Stocks
This in-depth article explains how investing in sound, predictable and long-established companies can improve your portfolio's results. Learn the history of blue chip stocks, the characteristics that differentiate them and ways to acquire them for your portfolio.

What are Blue Chip Baskets, SPDRs, Diamonds, and HOLDRs?
This article discusses the different investment choices you have available when investing in blue chip stocks.

Why Wal-Mart is Good for America (and Maybe Your Portfolio)
An open letter to Wake up Walmart or wakeupwalmart.com regarding the company's demands for higher associate pay and health benefits.

An Investing Case Study: Yankee Candle Company
A case study of Yankee Candle Company and its common stock focusing on shareholder value and share repurchases.

Why Home Depot Shareholders Have Lost Their Mind
On Thursday, May 25th, 2006, a firestorm of controversy was ignited in the media when the Board of Directors for Home Depot, the second largest retailer on the planet and one of the thirty stocks included in the vaunted Dow Jones Industrial Index, failed to show up to the shareholder meeting. Shareholders were irate over the pay package of CEO...

How Do You Know If You Are Making a Long-Term Investment?
Lots of investors talk about their commitment to buy and hold strategies for long-term investments. How do you know if you are walking the walk or just paying lip service? This checklist was designed to help.

Earning Yield and the P/E Ratio of Blue Chip Stocks
Nearly six years ago, we looked at a major blue chip stock, Home Depot, and how investors were irrationally blaming management for the stock's slide when the real culprit was a low earnings yield, driven by foolish speculators who don't know how to value a company. Six years later, what has changed? We take a look at how the story played out...

Reinvesting Your Dividends vs. Not Reinvesting Your Dividends
If you invest in blue chip stocks, you must decide whether you are going to reinvest your dividends or spend your dividends. That may not sound like an important consideration, but the result can be millions of dollars in extra, or lost, wealth over an investing lifetime.

Total Return and Dividends Matter to Blue Chip Stock Investors
Blue chip stocks tend to pay out most of their earnings in the form of cash dividends. It isn't any surprise that total return matters more to these types of companies than capital gains alone. How much more can often be a surprise to new investors. Consider this case study of Wal-Mart Stores.

Calculating Your Own Personal Portfolio Expense Ratio
If you prefer to own blue chip stocks directly, you can calculate the expense ratio as if you were a mutual fund to provide an apples-to-apples comparison of your performance relative to the professionals.

Are Your Blue Chip Stocks Earning Good Returns on Reinvested Profits?
If you decide to invest in blue chip stocks, a portion of your profits will be retained by management for reinvestment. How do you know if they are doing a good job earning a decent return on that capital? Here are two things to watch.

Things That Make a Company a Great Stock
Good blue chip stocks have certain traits they tend to share with each other that identify them as being exceptional.

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