Finance experts have reiterated time and again that relying on savings to fund one's retirement is not advisable because inflation eats up the actual value of a person's retirement nest.
The situation is compounded by the low interest rates that banks offer, and there is little chance that interest rates would go up soon.
So while still employed or engaged in business, experts recommend that if you have spare cash, it is wise to invest in stocks. But it takes more than spare funds to invest in stocks. One must listen to advice from analysts, economists, brokers and other money experts, including online investment educators like InvestView (OTCQB: INVU), a Red Bank, New Jersey-based company that has made it the firm's mission to make available to the public products that would help individual investors find, analyze, track and manage their portfolio.
The Motley Fool recommends retail investors in Australia seeking income from their investment to look for blue-chip Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) stocks with at least five per cent dividend stocks.
Among the examples cited are National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB), Westpac Banking Corp (ASX: WBC) and Telstra Corporation (ASX: TLS), which yield 8.5 per cent, 6.8 per cent and 7.7 per cent, respectively, grossed-up dividends.
But it warned that NAB, while it has a huge payout, has bad commercial loan portfolio that drags earnings thereby the threat of lower cash profits very real. This explains why analysts did not give it a "buy" recommendation.
Westpac shares have a mixed outlook and high share price, but it appears to be overvalued, while Telstra got a thumbs up.
Ninemsn also cited NAB and BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) as Australian publicly listed companies with generous dividend yields, but their share price performance in the past five years are causing some investors to lose sleep.
In lieu of NAB and BHP, the article recommended other stocks that provide long-term gains and income.
These include M2 Group (ASX: MTU), a retail telecommunications player, which appears primed for market outperformance in the coming years; ResMedInc (ASX: RMD), which develops and markets products for respiratory disorder management; and Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG), which has a focus on Asia's growing middle class and expanding its specialist knowledge in various areas such as commodities, mergers and acquisitions, mortgages, banking and funds management.
M2, owner of the brands Dodo, Primus, Eftel and Commander, trades on a forward P/E ratio f 12 and dividend yield of 3.8 percent fully franked.
ResMed shares are good investments because the company's market continues to grow as more people seek help for respiratory disorders like sleep apnoea.
While listening to the sage advise of these stock market experts would be of big help, retail investors should also learn the basics of stock trading to help validate what analysts state.
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