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Eric Volkman

For Eric, writing for Motley Fool is the closing of a big circle. After all, he learned the basics of stocks and investment largely by reading (shameless plug/kiss-up) "The Motley Fool Investment Guide" back in the dark days of the early 1990s. This helped him win assignments as a freelance business journalist and, later, a "proper" job as an investment bank analyst. He began these twin threads of a career during his years living in Prague, Czech Republic, a city that was his home for nearly a decade and a half. Luckily, a few years short of his 30th birthday he was able to combine the two into a mutant Frankenstein of a job as a co-creator and subsequently editor of Equity Insights, a monthly magazine issued by Austrian financial services major Raiffeisenbank. At the Motley Fool, he got his start as a contributor to its blog network, from which he was invited to join the main Fool site in early 2012. Eric has a great many interests besides finance. He likes movies, he plays bass guitar and has been in an assortment of bands across several genres, and is a sucker for nearly any good documentary TV show, film, or book. He is married and currently resides in Los Angeles, where he refuses to wax nostalgic about the joys of winter.

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

A massive chemical company, a payroll processor, and a insurance/financial services provider are three of the most recent firms hiking their shareholder distributions.

Tue Nov 11

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Robots, amusement parks, and perfume are among the products earning a higher payout for some investors lately.

Mon Nov 10

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10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Las Vegas

There are a lot of elements about Sin City that fly under the radar. Here are 10 pieces of trivia that don't get a lot of play at the gambling tables.

Tue Nov 4

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Why DIRECTV is One of the Biggest Warren Buffett Stocks

The veteran investor typically shuns technology stocks, but the young bucks at Berkshire Hathaway seem to have a different outlook on the sector ... particularly in the satellite TV segment.

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Investing in dividend stocks can be a great way to build your nest egg. Here are three that top the list of dividend hikers over the past few days.

Mon Nov 3

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Is Danger Lurking in New York Community Bancorp Inc.'s Stock Dividend Payout Ratio Analysis?

The bank has solid fundamentals and a great track record... but also pays an extremely high dividend relative to its earnings. Here's a look at whether that's sustainable.

Sat Nov 1

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Las Vegas Mega Flops: 3 Casinos That Squandered Away Billions

Sin City is not only a Mecca for gamblers, it's a magnet for big-pocketed investors who put billions into casino complexes... and occasionally lose their shirts.

Thu Oct 30

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Trulia Inc. Q3 Earnings: Ready For The Buyout

The real estate portal's quarterly numbers are slightly below analyst estimates, but not excessively so.

Fri Oct 24

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Is Visa Inc.'s Fat Dividend Increase Sustainable?

The credit card titan just hiked its payout by 20%; here's a glance at whether it can afford it going forward.

Thu Oct 23

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Weatherford International Plc Earnings: What You Need to Know

The company's results came in just under market expectations.

Mon Oct 13

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3 Companies That Should Benefit From a Rising Dollar

The buck has been gaining on key foreign currencies. We take a glance at three firms that stand to profit from this trend.

Mon Oct 6

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A Balance Sheet Analysis of MasterCard Stock

The payment card powerhouse has traditionally run a squeaky clean balance sheet ... until recently. Do investors need to be concerned about the big debt the company's run up recently?

Fri Sep 26

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Why Hertz is an Activist Investor Target

The car rental specialist is one of the segments big three players, but its share price has been flat and some believe it has value that can be "unlocked."

Fri Aug 29

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How to Get Your Name On a Stadium

It's simple; just effectively lobby your local sports team... oh, and be a corporation willing to spend at tens of millions of dollars.

Wed Aug 20

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3 Things You Need to Know About Zillow's Acquisition of Trulia

The two similar real estate portals are to combine into a single entity. Here are three important points about the merger.

Tue Aug 19

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CenturyLink Earnings: Steady As She Goes

CenturyLink posted a second quarter that beat on the bottom line, but outside of that it wasn't particularly a quarter to remember.

Mon Jul 28

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These 3 Companies Just Raised Their Dividends

One near-dividend aristocrat lifts its payout, while a pair of master limited partnerships master higher distributions for their unit holders.

Sun Jul 27

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3 New Issues IPO Investors Need to Know About for This Week

Among the many new stocks coming to market over the next few days are a pair of spinoffs from prominent companies, and a specialty health-care company.

Mon Jul 21

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These Big Companies Just Raised Their Dividends

SanDisk labors to prove its no flash in the pan, while Kinder Morgan and its relatives add a few cents to their payouts.

Sun Jul 20

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Is a Death in the Executive Suite the End of a Company?

The sudden demise of a CEO is shocking, but not necessarily detrimental to a firm's performance -- fundamental and otherwise.

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