ON THE MONEY: Post-election investing tips – Aiken Standard

ON THE MONEY: Post-election investing tips – Aiken Standard
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Ask the FoolLong-term investing

Q: If someone invested $ 1 in the stock market after the crash of 1929, how much would it be worth today?

A:Understand that the crash of 1929 really occurred over several months, not just one day. The Dow Jones industrial average peaked in early September 1929, at 381. It then slid down to 199 in mid-November, before rising again to 294 five months later, in 1930. From there it began a long descent, falling to 41 in July 1932.

The Dow recently was around 13,600, up some 332-fold since the low of 41. That was enough to turn your $ 1 into $ 332. That’s an annual average growth rate of about 7.5 percent.

Fool’s SchoolDividend yields, explained

A company’s “dividend yield” expresses the relationship of a stock’s price and the amount of its annual dividend. It’s a number investors need to understand.

Consider Pfize. It was recently trading around $ 25 per share, paying out 22 cents per quarter ($ 0.88 per year) as a dividend. Take $ 0.88 and divide it by $ 25 and you’ll get 0.035. Multiply that by 100, and you’ve got a dividend yield of 3.5 percent. If you pay $ 25 for a share of Pfizer today, you’ll earn 3.5 percent per year on your investment, just from dividends alone.

Dividends of healthy companies tend to increase over time, delivering additional value to shareholders. Companies…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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