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November 24, 2020

What You Need to Know Today:

Nevada puts new coronavirus restrictions on Las Vegas casinos–but so far MGM Resorts stock gains

Saying on Sunday that the coronavirus surge in Nevada is running at wildfire levels, Governor Steve Sislak announced new restrictions to start on Tuesday and that will run for three weeks. The new rules will require casinos, amusement and theme parks, arcades, bars, and restaurants to reduce their capacity to 25% from the current 50%. What I think is most interesting to investors, though, is the reaction of stocks with Las Vegas exposure to the news.

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The returns for 2018 and 2019 for my Dividend Portfolio show the challenge facing dividend income investors during this period of extremely low interest rates.

The returns for 2018 and 2019 for my Dividend Portfolio show the challenge facing dividend income investors during this period of extremely low interest rates.

In 2018 my Dividend Portfolio showed a yield on 3.60%. That produced $6,483 in dividend income that year. The goal of this portfolio is to beat the yield on the 10-year Treasury. On January 1, 2018 the yield on the 10-year Treasury was 2.58%. In 2019 my Dividend Portfolio showed a yield of 4.90%

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Special Report: Dividend stocks that are beating the risky rockets–Part 1 Five utility picks

Special Report: Dividend stocks that are beating the risky rockets–Part 1 Five utility picks

Utility stocks aren’t supposed to deliver higher returns than technology stocks.Utility stocks with their higher dividends and relatively slow growth are, at most times, less risky and their stocks are supposed to deliver steady growth. Technology stocks, on the other hand, are more risky, more likely to see big losses if a quarter disappoints or a product cycle shifts unexpectedly. But as compensation for that risk, they’re supposed to deliver higher returns. But that’s not what’s happening right now.

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