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Investing Roundup: Dogs, Aristocrats, and a Distressed Index

I wrote about the Dogs of the Dow [3] this week but did you know about the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats [4]? Nickel wrote about them this week and it’s a fantastic name for the companies in the S&P that have increased their dividend payouts for twenty-five consecutive years. They have outperformed the S&P index over the past 3, 5, 10, and 15 years and had a lower standard deviation (probability that their stock price will go up or down in a given year), they are stable, income generating, blue chips. So, what are they and how do you invest in them? Read Nickel’s post!

Curious how the companies that participated in the TARP program are faring? Check out the NASDAQ’s Government Relief Index [5], ticker QGRI [6]. It kicked off at 1000 this week and it tracks the performance of U.S.-listed securities that are participating in government sponsored relief programs, including but not limited to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). How’s it faring? As of Friday, January 9th, it was around 941.

Jeremy at GenXFinance is finding the silver lining in this recession in his post, Why the Recession Will Be Good for Us as a Country [7], and I agree with him. There will be some good out of this situation, it’s just unfortunate it has to come at the expense of so many hard working Americans. SVB at The Digerati life also compares this business cycle to past business cycles [8]. Here’s a great one-liner: “Ours is a red-headed stepchild of a recession.” (in other words, it’s a bad because it’s triggered by credit system woes instead of monetary tightening, yikes)