Our Lifelong Income Portfolio holdings continue to post strong numbers this earnings season. We review the qualitative and quantitative metric we use to evaluate the health of our positions and review each company's future prospects in light of their quarterly results.
Although a company’s growth prospects and earnings will win out over the long haul, how quarterly results stack up to the market’s expectations will drive stock prices in the near term. The key is distinguishing a company’s temporary hiccups from a bigger malaise.
Baseball Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler’s famously advised, “Keep your eye clear and hit ‘em where they ain’t.” This motto has an important corollary for investors: Buy what’s unpopular and hold the stock until the market discovers its value.
The stronger-than-expected revenue growth posted by the S&P 500’s constituents supports our thesis that US economic growth will accelerate meaningfully this year. We also review fourth-quarter earnings from the last two Wealth Builders Portfolio holdings to report results.
All our Lifelong Income Portfolio holdings have reported their results for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2013, and issued guidance for 2014. The prognosis: Expect another year of high yields, reliable dividends and solid upside.
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