Another quarter, another earnings season.
Keeping up with earnings season’s rapid-fire releases can be exhausting, and figuring out what to do with those numbers can be just as challenging. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the expectations game, whether it’s being scared off by a subpar quarter or thinking a stock’s short-term growth will last forever.
Unless you’re a day trader, though, many earnings-related headlines are just noise. If you’re investing for retirement or have any kind of longer-term time horizon, a more useful exercise would be to simply take a step back and consider what kind of big-picture changes are coming … then put your money toward companies that fit in that big picture.
But while investing in megatrends is a popular and sound strategy, many folks are too impatient to wait for the long-term payoff. Luckily, plenty of companies set to cash in on megatrends also currently reward shareholders in the short-term via dividends.
Let’s take a look at five of them: