Three All-Weather Blue-Chips for Stability

Readers might recall that we have been advocates of a barbell equity strategy, balancing growth-oriented undervalued situations with all-weather, dividend-oriented blue chips. As we start the year, we believe that 2013 should be another solid year for stocks. Nevertheless, because we expect some bumps along the road and continued volatility, the barbell strategy still makes great sense, especially after the strong start to the year for some of the more economically sensitive businesses. 

While these all-weather names have not had the same kind of relief rally that the more economically sensitive stocks have enjoyed so far this year, they too are beneficiaries of the tax agreement, especially since the new dividend tax is much less punitive than many had feared. As such, we believe these all-weather stocks will be an important part of balancing a portfolio for the volatility that the current earnings season, the debt-ceiling battle and other macro issues might bring, and they should provide some healthy income and appreciation this year....361 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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