Fools were out and about this week in an investing world jampacked with actions and ideas. Here are three articles you might find useful as you decide how to invest your money.
Bank Dividends Are Coming: Here's What You Need to Know
Big banks JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America
Fool contributor Morgan Housel took the 30% payout ratio the banks are bandying about, mixed in estimated earnings per share, and came out with yields for the four banks ranging from 2.68% to 3.14%. "Not as much as banks typically yielded before the financial crisis, but still above the average S&P 500 company's yield," Morgan wrote.
Even though the banks appear financially strong enough to handle this shareholder payment, Morgan remains leery about owning their common stock. "There's still just too much insanity and funny business left over from the bubble years," he wrote.
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Prepare Your Brackets for March Badness
"Rotten corporate behavior often proves profitable in the short run, but in the long term, consumer payback can wreak havoc on misbehaving companies -- and their competitors will stand poised to pounce at the first sign of weakness," wrote Fool columnist Alyce Lomax after considering The Consumerist's 2011 lineup of choices for the "worst company in America."
Check out the article to see what companies, including Johnson & Johnson
4 ETF Trends You Must Know About
Many investors use exchange-traded funds to easily bring a wide range of stocks into their portfolios. A recent report from Schwab outlined four trends in ETFs that Fool editor and writer Dan Caplinger thought Fools needed to know about.
In brief, ETF investors preferred funds with low expense ratios and remained partial to ETFs investing in commodities and emerging-market economies. They had an on-again/off-again relationship with bond ETFs and had a focus on dividend income.
Here's something else interesting about how ETF investors think: "[S]pecialty ETFs including SPDR Gold Trust
Read the article to get Dan's thoughts on what this information means for investors of all stripes.
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Fool online editor Kris Eddy owns no shares of any stocks mentioned in this article.
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