Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Fourth Week of December


Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends,' also commonly referred to as 'Dividend Capture.' This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.

In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.

Getty Realty Corp  GTY 12/22/2014 4.9%
DCT Inndustrial Trust DCT 12/22/2014 3.3%
Liberator Medical Holdings Inc LBMH 12/23/2014 4.6%
Cypress Semiconductor CY 12/23/2014 4.2%
Retail Properties of America, Inc  RPAI 12/23/2014 4.2%
Arcos Dorados Holdings ARCO 12/23/2014 3.9%
CyrusOne Inc CONE 12/23/2014 3.1%
Portland General Electric POR 12/23/2014 3.0%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found at (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn't show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at or Most of the lists are free. Dividend definitions:Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

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Record date: the day when you must be on the company's books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

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Don't forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Easing of Commerce and Travel Restrictions with Cuba: Top Cuban Stocks

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President Obama is speaking today about the easing of commerce and travel restrictions with Cuba, and re-establish diplomatic relations with the country. This came about after the freeing of Alan Gross, an American contractor after being imprisoned for five years.

Americans will be allowed to travel to Cuba and use credit and debit cards there. They will also be allowed to open accounts with Cuban institutions. In addition, an American Embassy will be set up there.

It will be interesting to see which American companies jump on the bandwagon and set up operations there. If you are looking for stocks of companies that already have a foothold in Cuba, there are a few companies that have Cuban connections, according to

The best way of investing in Cuba on a diversified basis is through the Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund Inc. (CUBA). It is a closed end fund which is a diversified way of playing the Cuba economy. It invests in stocks of the Caribbean Basin Countries and the United States, which are expected to benefit from economic growth in Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas and other countries. The CEF is up 42% today.

Sherritt International (SHERF) is a Toronto, Ontario based mining, and oil, and gas company that is one of the largest foreign investors in Cuba, having more business in Cuba than any other Canadian company. A major portion of their revenues are generated by the Moa Mine in Cuba, formerly owned by Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), as a joint venture with a Cuban government company. They also operate Varadero, Canasí, Yumuri, Puetro Escondido oil and gas fields which they have leased in Cuba. In addition, Sherritt owns, Energas, the Cuban electric utility. The stock trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada and on the Pink Sheets in the United States. The stock yields 5.9%..

There may be more cruise travel to Cuba. So companies such as Carnival Corp. (CCL), and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) should also benefit. Carnival yields 2.3% and Royal Caribbean pays a yield of 1.5%.

For a list of several Cuba related stocks, which has information on the PE ratio, the forward PE, the PEG, and the yield, go to

Author didn't own any fo the above at the time the article was written.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stock Market and Wall Street Related Videos for the Holidays

Are you looking for a few videos to watch during the holidays? Or maybe you are looking for a great video gift for a friend who is interested in investing and the stock market. Pick up a couple of these interesting videos, a few of which you my not be familiar with.

Limitless is about an author who takes a new drug which causes him to become extremely intelligent  and astute. He becomes a stock trader who turns $12,000 into $3 million in a week.

Wall Street, a classic Wall Street movie starring Michael Douglas.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is the sequel.

Wolf Of Wall Street is the extreme Martin Scorsese movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, about Jordan Belfort, the infamous pump-and-dumper.

The Wolves of Wall Street is about a Wall Street guy who turns into a werewolf. Not my kind of movie, but if you are into this kind of campy genre...

Startup.Com is an interesting documentary about the rise and fall of, during the dot com boom and bust.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is an expose on the Enron scam, and the people behind it.

Mugshots: Enron - Wall Street Scammers is another good documentary about the Enron crooks.

The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron is a movie, not a documentary about what else, Enron.

Too Big To Fail is a movie about the financial crisis of 2008, starring James Woods.

Unraveled is a documentary about a financial con man.

Inside Job is an Academy Award winning documentary about the financial crisis of 2008, Starring Matt Damon.

The Flaw is a documentary about the credit bubble and economic crash.

The Startup Kids is a doc about the young startup founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud and Dropbox.

Boiler Room is  a movie I really enjoyed, since it is based on a true story and gives insights into how a stock brokerage firm operating as a boiler room works.

Have I missed any? Any investment related movies that you would recommend? If so, enter it in the Comments section.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Books by the Most Prolific Billionaire Author: Donald Trump

The Billionaire Issue of Forbes Magazine published a list of the billionaires who are the most prolific authors, the ones who wrote the most books. At the top of the list was Donald Trump, then George Soros, then Ken Fisher.

Donald Trump has been out of the limelight for a while although a new Apprentice TV show is now in the works. Trump has written 15 books. Here is a selection of some of his most popular books.

Trump: The Art of the Deal

Think Big: Make It Happen in Business and Life

Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don't

Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life

Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success

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