Current Issue - May 2015

A WSJ feature article about a man who accumulated an estate worth $8 million while pumping gas hit the press at the perfect time for me and you. For the first time since I created my Monster Master List—well over a decade ago—I have given the Master List of common stock names a complete overhaul. I have spent weeks in the process with the goal of giving you not only a roster of dividend payers but also a list where every core company has increased its dividend for a minimum of 10 consecutive years. I have rounded out the core list with a handful of special situation dividend payers. My MML overhaul is a reflection of my desire to ramp up my dividend-only policy to a policy mandating rising dividend payers. And the best part is, you don’t need to do anything now, as I’ll explain in this month’s issue.

Also in the issue, I’m recommending a new ETF in the materials sector, with a heavy emphasis on chemicals production. Chemical companies are reaping the benefits of low oil and natural gas prices, as both are raw material used in many chemicals. Besides chemicals, companies in this ETF produce everything from steel to packaging, minerals, glass, and more. Finally, I’ve made some changes to the What’s Up and What’s Down list to give you a more in-depth viewpoint on how various sectors of the economy are performing. More >>

Economic Analysis - May 2015

Each month, I provide you with an Economic Analysis supplement to the issue. This supplement provides you with a bird's eye view of the indicators that I monitor on a regular basis. The incisive, story-telling charts included in this supplement are updated every month and range from "The Leaders" to "World Currency Reserves/World Gold Reserves." There will always be great new material as well as timely reference dates, and my comments spell out the meaning of each chart for you. Download in pdf format.

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Thank You Julia Child

April 17, 2015 You never know the power of a hand-written thank you note. I was reminded of this yesterday reading about a thank you note Julia Child wrote before her death. She thanked Roger Berkowitz, president of Legal Sea Foods, for a clambake he had sent to her. It was a special note for Mr. Berkowitz. Julia Child was […] More »