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The Driving Force Behind America's Greatest Stocks

By Dr. David Eifrig, editor, Retirement Millionaire
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Week by week, stock prices are confirming one of my biggest ideas...
 
For several years now, I've been telling you that things are slowly recovering in America. These days, this is a radical stance.  
 
Most newsletter readers are constantly exposed to news and commentary about how bad things are. But as I've repeatedly shown you, most of the economic indicators I follow show things are getting better
 
This optimistic view is paying off... 
 
On August 3, for example, Wells Fargo shares closed near their highest level in more than three years. Wells Fargo is the largest home lender in America, outside of the U.S. government. When folks take on and pay off mortgages, Wells Fargo prospers.
 
On August 6, Boston Properties shares hit their highest level in more than a year. Boston Properties is America's largest office landlord. When businesses pay their bills and open new offices, Boston Properties prospers.
 
On August 8, Disney shares hit their highest level ever. Disney is one of America's largest media and entertainment companies. When folks have enough money to spend on cable TV, movies, and vacations, Disney prospers.
 
Wells Fargo, Boston Properties, and Disney aren't the only major American businesses enjoying new price highs. Dozens of other stocks that are sensitive to the American economy are also surging.  
 
And the driving force behind the resurgent stock market is the incredibly low cost of money...  
 
You see, 10-year Treasury interest rates are around 1.6%. That's a HUGE historical low. Take a look...
 
10-Year Treasury Bond Yields Are at a Record Low
 
Here's why record-low rates matter to the country's best companies... and to us: The interest rates paid on savings accounts and CDs are based on U.S. Treasury interest rates. The interest rates companies pay to borrow is based on both their creditworthiness and the U.S. Treasury interest rates.  
 
So low rates have been murder on investors who want a high return on their cash. But they give the country's best companies – and their shareholders – a huge advantage. They can use low interest rates to amplify their long-term results.
 
Let me explain... 
 
For many corporations, the "cost of money" comes from the interest rates they pay to borrow (for instance, by issuing corporate bonds). Thus, interest rates are an important part of their profitability. If a company pays 10% for the cash it needs to build a factory, that generates a profit of only 11%... That's a thin margin. Compare that with the opportunity it has borrowing at 3% or 4% to build that same factory. That plant is going to be a lot more profitable.
 
That's why now is an excellent time for creditworthy companies to borrow. When companies like Microsoft or Automatic Data Processing can borrow for 2% or 3%, their interest costs drop. And that means more money to the bottom line.  
 
It's why I like stocks that have stable revenues, deep cash flows, and pay shareholders the extra money. These companies' interest costs are at record-lows, and that makes them that much more profitable.
 
Low interest rates also make companies with cash flows that much more valuable, too... The alternative investments pay little-to-no interest. Government bonds pay less than 2%. And the bonds that are being issued by strong companies pay less than 3%.  
 
Owning companies that pay 3%, 4%, or 5% in dividends is an attractive alternative... especially when you consider that annual dividend payments can rise, while interest payments from bonds are fixed and cannot rise.
 
In short, "cheap money" makes this a great time to be a great American company... and a great time to invest in the same.  
 
Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement, 
 
Dr. David Eifrig




Further Reading:

Investing in blue-chip American businesses is one of the safest, wisest investing decisions you can make. It's the "ultimate investing idea," Dan Ferris says. And it can assure you all the income you need for the rest of your life.
 
You can learn more about these companies – and how they'll boost your income for years to come – here and here.

Market Notes


CHINA BULLS: THE ODDS MAY BE SHIFTING IN YOUR FAVOR

We've been bearish on China's stock market for what seems like forever. But it may be time to start getting bullish… 
 
A great way to keep tabs on the "China situation" is by monitoring the "Dow Industrials of China," the Shanghai Composite Index. This index tracks the biggest, most important companies in China.
 
Over the past few years, Chinese stocks have been getting hammered. The Shanghai Index is down 33% from its 2009 peak, and almost 20% from its 2012 watermark high near 2,500.
 
But the index broke out to the upside of a bullish "falling-wedge pattern" last week, and it's in the process of testing the former resistance line of that pattern right now. If the line holds as support and the Shanghai Index bounces from current levels, we may be on the verge of an important, long-term reversal for the Chinese stock market.
 
– Jeff Clark
 
Shanghai Index Breaks to the Upside

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