TMFVolkman

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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Mon Dec 22

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Two dividend aristocrats maintain their noble status, while Boeing's payout rockets skyward.

Wed Dec 17

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Today's Exciting Stock IPO

Micro-lender On Deck Capital is about to launch on the New York Stock Exchange.

Tue Dec 16

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

It's back to the lab and into the data cloud with this trio of companies that hiked their dividend payouts last week.

Tue Dec 9

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Three giants in their respective fields have lifted their payouts at double-digit rates in recent days.

Mon Dec 8

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Is This the Best Dividend in the Gaming Industry?

In the contest between the payouts of Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts, one Fool picks a winner.

Fri Dec 5

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Are You Missing Out on These High-Yield Dividends in the Financial Sector?

Not all dividends are created equal. These three picks offer superior payouts.

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Will Las Vegas Finally Get a Pro Sports Team?

MGM Resorts International and AEG are building a big multipurpose arena near the Las Vegas Strip with hopes of hosting a pro sports franchise.

Wed Dec 3

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Is MasterCard Inc.'s Dividend Increase Sustainable?

The credit card behemoth just lifted its payout by 45%; here's a look whether the new payout -- plus a fresh share buyback program -- will be viable for the company.

Tue Dec 2

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These Stocks Just Raised Their Dividends

Two of these three companies are satisfying the hunger for higher payouts, while a third is prescribing them as medicine.

Thu Nov 27

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3 Stocks That Just Raised Their Dividends

Companies hiking their distributions last week included one of the world's top sports apparel brands, a furniture purveyor, and an auto parts supplier.

Tue Nov 25

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Is Philip Morris' Dividend Safe?

The tobacco giant has been a reliable dividend payer for years, but the future of that payout looks smoky.

Thu Nov 20

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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.

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