Back in 1979, Lee Iaccoca, then the president of Chrysler, stood on the steps of the Capitol building and had a news conference after receiving loan guarantees from Congress. Chrysler's stock traded at around $3 per share on that day. Opportunity? Who knew at the time? And since then, investors could have raked in substantial profits.
When we see companies that have been around for more than 100 years with big dividend yields -- such as General Electric (NYSE: GE - News), with a 7.7% yield, or Pfizer (NYSE: PFE - News), with its 7.9% -- we see opportunities. The Select Dividend Index (NYSE: DVY - News) is trading with a 5.25% yield, and the ETF (NYSE: VNQ - News) is yielding more than 7%. We wonder how long these bargains will continue.
Well, for stock investors, the after-Christmas sales are here now. Someone is buying stocks, because for every share sold today, there's a buyer on the other end of the trade. One investor is either being forced out by margin calls or fear, while the other is seeing future gains.
Many observers want you to believe that this is "The Big One" for the market -- that this time, it truly is different. The U.S. will go down along with the equity markets, they say. But for us, it sounds like the same old, same old.
Too many investors wait until the coast is clear to re-enter the markets, and that's why they rarely outperform the S&P 500 index. Now is the time to think for yourself. Take responsibility for your future, and research the investment opportunities.
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About the Authors
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their popular website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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