BI 009: Dividend Stocks vs Technology Stocks

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After a tumultuous year in the stock market, it looks like 2012 is starting on the right foot. Last year, I wanted to add dividend stocks to my portfolio. But with all this positive momentum, should I look at riskier plays? Also find out who our listener of the week is. Hint, he blogs at Watson Inc.

How are you invested in 2012?

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Buck

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10 Responses

  1. I think the market is overheated at the moment and there is still a ton of risk when it comes to Europe, Iran, China, that could derail the whole thing pretty quickly. I just recently got into real estate as my largest investment. I’m currently flipping a house and now have it on the market. Hoping for the best!

  2. Arlee Bird says:

    I would probably lean on the side of greed, but for the long term I guess the dividend stocks would be the most sensible way to go. But in reality I know virtually nothing about investing and my mind tends to blank out when I start thinking about money matters.

    Good luck with your investments.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

  3. While Q1 started off fine, so far, I believe investors will at some point “suddenly remember” that Europe is not out of the woods yet. That’ll be your chance to buy those dividend stocks you wanted 🙂

  4. Hahaha! I’m so proud to be your listener of the week!!!

    You know there are so many buying opportunities. Have you considered a hybrid strategy? Not all tech companies have tremendous growth, yet some still be growing AND paying a nice dividend.

  5. These are important considerations and I really like the way you have paused to think before committing your dollars.

    My take on dividend stocks: they are not so much a good way to prepare for retirement, but a great investment to have when you need income from your investments, like when you stop working (retire). I would even go so far as to label stable dividend stocks as cash investments. Generally, cash investments (income investments) don’t generate the necesary return to get you nest-egg to where it needs to be to retire.

    My take on the market: It can’t be timed (yes, I hear the groans). If you’re going to invest in stocks then jump in. Volatility is your friends, and those swings generate real growth. Remember, the biggest market gains are generally in the brief period following a major market decline…exactly the time most people are jumping out of the market because they can’t stomach the volatility.

    Just my opinion.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks Hunter for your very detailed reply to my stock tug-o-war! Great point about cash investment vs nest egg building. Who is this Warren Buffett? Appreciate your calm and level headed take. I’m guessing your portfolio is in pretty good shape? Thanks again and I appreciate your opinion!

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