Please note: BetterInvesting is now the brand identity of the MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich., – March 10 – Companies such as The Home Depot, Inc., General Electric Company, Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. and Walgreen Co. shot to top spots in this year's Top 100 Survey, a nonscientific sample of responses from 11 percent of BetterInvesting's 17,000 member clubs. Energy companies made their presence known in the Top 100 and Second 100 lists, and Internet and computer-related companies appeared on the lists again, having dropped off after suffering from the tech bubble burst. Healthcare-related companies, gaming companies and automakers rounded out the field of newcomers.
National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC)
One reader response, from the Minnesota Investments Partners of Minneapolis, acknowledged its difficulty in parting with a stock. Editor Adam Ritt suggests investors use the Top 200 for stock-study ideas and portfolio evaluation.
Mr. NAIC (Page 12)
Dividends began to play a more important role in investment returns when the 15 percent tax rate was adopted in 2003. In this month's Mr. NAIC column, Kenneth Janke, chairman of NAIC's BetterInvesting, discusses how "the combination of dividends and earnings growth can result in superior returns." Janke encourages investors to "pay attention to companies that can increase dividends annually" when selecting stocks. Read this column for more dividend tips from Mr. NAIC.
Financial Planner (Page 48)
Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D), is finally available, but consumers or beneficiaries must sort through complex and confusing rules before getting coverage. Alexandra Armstrong, CFP, CMFC, and Karen Preysnar, CFP, CCPS, give a comprehensive plan overview, along with real-life scenarios, to help provide understanding of this complicated situation. This article gives investors more detailed information beyond what has been provided to the public through television ads, newspaper articles and insurance companies.