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Investing Topics: Interest Rates

Utility Stocks and The Fed: Time for a Reality Check

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 24, 2019

Wall Street consensus is the U.S. Federal Reserve will officially close the book on three-and-a-half years of monetary tightening next week, by cutting its benchmark Federal Funds interest rate. But our focus needs to be on earnings and guidance, not headlines.

The Fed Turns a Page, We Stay Focused on Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 21, 2019

At the end of the day, dividend stocks behave like other stocks - returns track prospects for companies’ health and growth, whether the Fed is raising rates or cutting them. That’s what to focus on, now more than ever.

There’s Still Value in High Yield Bonds

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 12, 2018
For bonds, selectivity is key.

An Eye on Washington and Two Eyes on Fourth-Quarter Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 12, 2017
Although interest rates and federal policies can affect the stock market and create challenges and opportunities, how companies have positioned themselves and how management teams react to changes ultimately shape investors’ returns.

Lessons from 2016 and Outlook for 2017

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2017
Two of our three model Portfolios outperformed the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Utility Average handily last year, while our aggressive picks lagged. We review what went right and what went wrong, with an eye toward refining our process.

It Pays to Stick with Utility Stocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 4, 2015
Investors should take advantage of market volatility and fears of rising interest rates to establish or add to positions in high-quality utility stocks.  

What’s Working Now

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 10, 2015
The bear market in energy stocks continues. But there are still plenty of ways to lock in above-average yields and build long-term wealth with our favorite essential-services stocks.

Utility Stocks: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 4, 2015
In April 2013, I left my job of 25 years as founding editor of Utility Forecaster to form my own publishing company and write the investment newsletter of my dreams: Conrad’s Utility Investor. The publication’s second birthday is as good a time as any to review where utility stocks have been and my outlook for where they’re headed.

Two to Buy

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 30, 2015
The recent pullback in dividend-paying stocks means that two of our favorites at attractive valuations. Both could experience more downside in the near term because of concerns about rising interest rates, but remain solid holdings for the long haul.

3 Reasons Not to Sweat the Latest Taper Tantrum

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 17, 2015
Investors should focus on buying best-in-class utility stocks at reasonable valuations, instead of fretting over what the Federal Reserve may or may not do.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth. Roger b