Dividends4Life: Don’t Sell in May – Buy These 3 Dividend Plays

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May’s not actually as bad for stocks as you might have heard. And June is worse. While the historical data over the last 23 years is supportive of some strength for stocks in May, more recent history has seen the month subjected to a lot of “headline risk.” Over the last four years, May has had an uncanny knack for delivering global events that have resulted in selling pressure for stocks. You had the eurozone debt crisis in 2010, the Portugal/Greece crisis in 2011, fears of Greece exiting the eurozone in 2012, then Fed taper fears in 2013. This year we’re monitoring the situation in Ukraine as the next potential big headline risk.

There are two things you should do to position your portfolio. One? Don’t just indiscriminately sell in May. The other is on what you should buy. Focus on the trends that remain intact — namely, low-volatility positions. Specifically, dividend stocks: iShares Select Dividend ETF (DVY), Phillip Morris International (PM) and Utilities SPDR (XLU).

Source: InvestorPlace

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