Coronavirus-Led Digital Payments to Hold Sway: 3 Stocks to Retain

Laveta Brigham

The payments industry has been one of the beneficiaries of the COVID-19 pandemic so far, which led to a rise in digital payments.

The global health peril discouraged people by and large to handle cash directly for avoiding physical contact and breaking the chain of infection. Due to closure of the local market places and to avert public gathering, people are preferring online purchases of essential supplies, which in turn, are amplifying demand for the digital payments market. The payments industry has been shifting to the electronic mode over  the recent years, given the proliferation of technology and the coronavirus episode will only expedite this transition.

Though the coronavirus weighed on businesses across various industries due to a meltdown in demand and supply glitches, one industry that earned a sweet spot is the payments industry.

Albeit payments on account of travel and other discretionary spending took a hit, customers spent

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3 Stocks for Long-Term Investors to Buy Now Despite Market Turmoil

Laveta Brigham

The market has tumbled since its early September records, with Wall Street yanking its foot off the gas to put on the breaks heading into the upcoming election, which is less than six weeks away. The uncertainty of the current environment is palpable and the market is deciding what to price in when it comes to possible changes in Washington.

Investors have also grown increasingly impatient about the lack of progress on the stimulus front, as the travel and broader hospitality industries remain devastated, alongside many smaller businesses. Meanwhile, the coronavirus is still hampering a more complete economic rebound in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere.

That said, the political will for a second round of lockdowns likely isn’t there as economies and people have no other logical alternative beyond learning to live with the virus the best they can. Plus, there continue to be signs of a slow and steady

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4 Accident & Health Insurance Stocks to Watch Amid Pricing Pressure

Laveta Brigham

The Zacks Accident and Health Insurance industry is likely to benefit from prudent underwriting and increase in underwriting exposure. Aflac (AFL), Unum Group (UNM), Amerisafe (AMSF), and Employers Holdings (EIG) should continue benefitting from prudent underwriting standards, though rise in claims frequency could weigh on the positives.  

The industry has been witnessing soft pricing over the past several quarters. Nonetheless, rise in claims due to the pandemic is likely to increase pricing for this industry in the coming days. Also, increasing adoption of technology in operations will help in smooth functioning of the industry amid coronavirus-induced challenges.

About the Industry

The Zacks Accident and Health Insurance industry comprises companies that provide workers’ compensation insurance, largely to employers operating in hazardous industries, such as construction, trucking, logging and lumber plus manufacturing and agriculture. These companies also offer group, individual or voluntary supplemental insurance products.

Workers’ compensation is a form of accident

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3 Safe Dividend Stocks Yielding 5%; Analysts Say ‘Buy’

Laveta Brigham

Volatility rules, of a sudden, as the markets slipped significantly over the past two trading days. The swoon simply underlines the uncertainty of the times – with COVID-19 waning but not out, and the election polling tightening enough to make the Presidential race a toss-up, volatility should really be the expectation. And that means, simply, that markets might drop suddenly for reasons we just cannot divine.

It’s times like these that make investors glad for dividend stocks. These are the classic defensive investment, stocks that pay out regular, reliable, income streams no matter how the markets are shifting.

Wall Street’s analysts are not shy about recommending strong dividend payers. They like the income stream, they like the cash returns, and so they’ll overlook the lower average share appreciation.

Using TipRanks database, we pinpointed three dividend stocks that have recently gotten the ‘thumbs up’ from their reviewers. They are yielding 5%

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18 Stocks Cashing In on the Suburbanization Trend

Laveta Brigham

One of the more intriguing trends to emerge form the pandemic is folks who are heading out of densely populated cities and into the suburbs. With more big city companies embracing remote work and folks concerned with how quickly COVID-19 spread in heavily congested residences including senior living facilities, cruise ships, and metropolitan high-rises, the suburbs are no longer a punchline for soccer dads and commuter moms. 

I went over a few stocks to play the new suburbanization trend, and I followed that with a couple more. I could write about the companies that will cash in on this trend for ages, so let me give you a larger shopping list. Here are 18 stocks that I think will benefit from folks moving into the ‘burbs, broken up into categories. 

A suburban home with a For Sale sign in the front that has since been Sold.
A suburban home with a For Sale sign in the front that has since been Sold.

Image source: Getty Images.

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5 Top Stocks for September

Laveta Brigham

markets around the world. Since World War II, the S&P 500 has dropped by an average of 0.5% in September. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for its part, declines an average of 0.8% during the month.” data-reactid=”12″Some investors may have heard of the September Effect, which is a phenomenon in which stocks tend to drop slightly in September in markets around the world. Since World War II, the S&P 500 has dropped by an average of 0.5% in September. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for its part, declines an average of 0.8% during the month.

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4 Finance Stocks That Beat S&P 500’s Sizzling August Rally

Laveta Brigham

After witnessing a volatile first half of the year due to the pandemic-led concerns, the S&P 500 has recorded its best August in the past 36 years, soaring about 7%. Of the 11 S&P 500 sectors, nine witnessed growth.

Major technology companies’ resilience to the coronavirus crisis heavily supported the market’s momentum. Rising work-from-home and online shopping trends along with increasing digital payments helped major tech stocks gain on the surging demand for their products and services.

Credit for this rally can also be given to the several COVID-19 vaccine-related developments during the month, which aided Healthcare stocks. Further, the reopening of the economy benefitted the coronavirus outbreak-hit sectors like airlines, retailers, hotels and restaurants, and cruise line operators to some extent.

Notably, a slew of positive economic data helped instill optimism in investors. Per a report by the Commerce Department, consumer spending in the United States grew 1.9% in

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Ride the Momentum with These 5 Stocks

Laveta Brigham

I know I tend to go on about the long term, and how we must be really careful about buying into a trend that could end real fast, especially since the market’s at unprecedented highs and sentiments are going through the roof.

But that’s basically one side of the story. It doesn’t mean that we must put all our money into stocks that we must hang on to forever. Not at all. The idea of long term buys, dividend stocks, etc is that we provide ourselves some sort of a buffer so we can absorb the volatility in riskier bets.

There are a couple of reasons why I think that we can and should make the most of the volatility in the market.

First among them are the improving macro numbers. So we see that the ISM numbers released earlier this month indicate expansion in the manufacturing sector; the HUD

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Stocks mixed after Powell’s inflation plan; Walmart, Microsoft rally on TikTok deal

Laveta Brigham

try and nudge inflation higher.” data-reactid=”16″Wall Street ended a choppy session on a mixed note Thursday, with major benchmarks struggling to extend their win streak as investors digested stubbornly high unemployment data — but took heart from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s pledge to try and nudge inflation higher.

persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. ” data-reactid=”17″Powell unveiled a new framework of thinking for the central bank that will tolerate inflation “moderately” above its 2% target. The Fed also committed to reviewing this policy every five years. The Fed chief warned that the persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. 

“On the one hand, with the framework review out of the way, it gives the Fed something to do at the September [Open Market Committee] meeting: namely, introduce new, more aggressive forward guidance,” said JPMorgan

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Stocks adrift after Powell’s inflation plan; Walmart, Microsoft rally on TikTok deal

Laveta Brigham

try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.” data-reactid=”16″Wall Street was mixed on Thursday, with major benchmarks struggling to add a 5th consecutive session of gains, as investors took heart from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s pledge to try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.

persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. ” data-reactid=”17″Powell unveiled a new framework of thinking for the central bank that will tolerate inflation “moderately” above its 2% target. The Fed also committed to reviewing this policy every five years. The Fed chief warned that the persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. 

“Many find it counterintuitive that the Fed would want to push up inflation,” Powell said. But the Fed chief warned that low inflation leads to declining inflation expectations, which has the effect of “diminishing

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