3 Dividend Stocks You’ll Wish You’d Bought 10 Years From Now

We chronically underestimate the astonishing power of compounding dividend reinvestment. From 2000 to today, for instance, shares of cigarette kingAltriahave returned a respectable 1,080%. When we factor in the dividends that the company has paid out during that time, however, the story changes considerably.

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How to Reach Your Peak: Interview With Anders Ericsson

In the Oct. 4Rule Breaker Investingpodcast, David Gardner interviews Anders Ericsson, one of the world’s top experts on expertise. His work has been cited in multiple best-sellers and was also the basis for anidea of the 10,000-Hour Rule that Malcolm Gladwell popularized. But as Anders has often repeated since then, there’s a lot more to mastery than that, and he and David discuss the keys to it this week.

A full transcript follows the video.

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Apple and Microsoft’s Upcoming Events Will Push AR and VR Further Ahead

Apple(NASDAQ: AAPL)will hold its annual iPhone event next week, where the company is expected to launch the all-new iPhone 8 (along with incremental updates for a new iPhone 7s and 7s Plus), a new version of its Apple Watch, and perhaps even a new 4K Apple TV.Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will have its own event in mid-October, in which the company will debut the latest update to its Windows 10 platform, called the Fall Creators Update.

There’s plenty of things going on at both of these events to talk about, but what I want to focus on specifically here is how the companies will likely spur on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) adoption through the software updates at these events. So let’s take a look at what they’re both doing over the coming weeks.

As far as Windows software updates go, the changes that come with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Oct. 17 will be modest by most standards, except for the Windows Mixed Reality update. That’s because Microsoft is tweaking its software to make it easier for users to use plug-and-play virtual reality headsets with Windows 10.

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Why I Love Berkshire Hathaway

It’s the investment vehicle of arguably the most legendary investor in the world, its portfolio never seems to stop growing, and its historical returns have been leagues better than many stock investments.

There isn’t much not to love about Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A)(NYSE: BRK-B). Here are a few reasons in particular I feel the company is worthy of such deep affection.

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This Week in Solar

After First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) reported its earnings last week and SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) reported this week, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the second quarter looked like for solar companiesThe market’s reaction to the two reports couldn’t have been more different, but the underlying story was similar, as I’ll discuss below.

Outside of earnings, we got a look at how Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) is progressing on its solar roof and energy storage, plus some other notable news items.

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Social Security Benefits Are Expected to Increase by This Much in 2018

Social Security plays a critical role in providing a financial safety net for retired workers. An analysisby the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that without Social Security, poverty rates among the elderly would increase from 8.8% to 40.5%.Plus, roughly three out of five retired workers count on their Social Security check to provide at least half their income.

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But there are a number of issues with this critical social program, and they extend beyond just what you hear in the news.

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Twilio Stock Has a Lot to Prove on Monday

Twilio(NYSE: TWLO)is ready for its close-up. The in-app communications specialist reports fresh financials after Monday’s close. If investors are getting jittery, it’s hard to blame them: Twilio shares plummeted 26% the day after it posteddisappointing first-quarter resultslast time out.

Twilio stock has gone on to make back nearly half of that slide since its early May report. The biggest dagger in Twilio’s poorly received first quarter was the warning that Uber would be relying less on Twilio’s platform in some markets. There’s no shortage of developers leaning on Twilio for their cloud-based communications needs, but Uber still accounted for more than 10% of its revenue last year.

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