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%

November 6: Economy adds 638,000 jobs in October

November 6: Economy adds 638,000 jobs in October

The U.S. economy added 638,000 jobs in October, a slight drop from September, when the economy added 672,000 jobs.

The job gains were enough to push the official unemployment rate down to 6.9% from 7.9% in September.

The U-6 unemployment rate, which unlike the official rate includes discouraged workers who have stopped looking for work and workers in part-time jobs who would like full-time work fell to 12.1% from September’s 12.8%.

And this month’s drop in the unemployment rate wasn’t driven by workers leaving the workforce.The labor participation rate rose 0.3 percentage points to 61.7%, still a low rate on historical standards.

So why didn’t the market move up and strongly on the news?

Tomorrow brings the October jobs report

Tomorrow brings the October jobs report

The economy is projected to have added 600,000 jobs in October, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg. That would be a drop from the 661,000 jobs added in September. Which was a drop from... Well, you get the picture. The economy is improving but the rate of...