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4 Accident & Health Insurance Stocks to Watch Amid Pricing Pressure

The Zacks Accident and Health Insurance industry is likely to benefit from prudent underwriting and increase in underwriting exposure. Aflac (AFL), Unum Group (UNM), Amerisafe (AMSF), and Employers Holdings (EIG) should continue benefitting from prudent underwriting standards, though rise in claims frequency could weigh on the positives.  

The industry has been witnessing soft pricing over the past several quarters. Nonetheless, rise in claims due to the pandemic is likely to increase pricing for this industry in the coming days. Also, increasing adoption of technology in operations will help in smooth functioning of the industry amid coronavirus-induced challenges.

About the Industry

The Zacks Accident and Health Insurance industry comprises companies that provide workers’ compensation insurance, largely to employers operating in hazardous industries, such as construction, trucking, logging and lumber plus manufacturing and agriculture. These companies also offer group, individual or voluntary supplemental insurance products.

Workers’ compensation is a form of accident

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3 Safe Dividend Stocks Yielding 5%; Analysts Say ‘Buy’

Volatility rules, of a sudden, as the markets slipped significantly over the past two trading days. The swoon simply underlines the uncertainty of the times – with COVID-19 waning but not out, and the election polling tightening enough to make the Presidential race a toss-up, volatility should really be the expectation. And that means, simply, that markets might drop suddenly for reasons we just cannot divine.

It’s times like these that make investors glad for dividend stocks. These are the classic defensive investment, stocks that pay out regular, reliable, income streams no matter how the markets are shifting.

Wall Street’s analysts are not shy about recommending strong dividend payers. They like the income stream, they like the cash returns, and so they’ll overlook the lower average share appreciation.

Using TipRanks database, we pinpointed three dividend stocks that have recently gotten the ‘thumbs up’ from their reviewers. They are yielding 5%

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5 Top Stocks for September

Some investors may have heard of the September Effect, which is a phenomenon in which stocks tend to drop slightly in September in markets around the world. Since World War II, the S&P 500 has dropped by an average of 0.5% in September. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for its part, declines an average of 0.8% during the month.

So what should savvy, long-term investors do to outsmart the September Effect? Absolutely nothing. Speculating on what the market might do is not a good way to build wealth. Instead, focus your attention on finding great companies that have the potential to beat the market over the long term — September Effect be darned — and let the other investors worry about what month it is.

To help you do that, a handful of Motley Fool contributors have put together a list of five top stocks for you to consider

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18 Stocks Cashing In on the Suburbanization Trend

One of the more intriguing trends to emerge form the pandemic is folks who are heading out of densely populated cities and into the suburbs. With more big city companies embracing remote work and folks concerned with how quickly COVID-19 spread in heavily congested residences including senior living facilities, cruise ships, and metropolitan high-rises, the suburbs are no longer a punchline for soccer dads and commuter moms. 

few stocks to play the new suburbanization trend, and I followed that with a couple more. I could write about the companies that will cash in on this trend for ages, so let me give you a larger shopping list. Here are 18 stocks that I think will benefit from folks moving into the ‘burbs, broken up into categories. ” data-reactid=”13″I went over a few stocks to play the new suburbanization trend, and I followed that with a couple more. I

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4 Finance Stocks That Beat S&P 500’s Sizzling August Rally

After witnessing a volatile first half of the year due to the pandemic-led concerns, the S&P 500 has recorded its best August in the past 36 years, soaring about 7%. Of the 11 S&P 500 sectors, nine witnessed growth.

Major technology companies’ resilience to the coronavirus crisis heavily supported the market’s momentum. Rising work-from-home and online shopping trends along with increasing digital payments helped major tech stocks gain on the surging demand for their products and services.

Credit for this rally can also be given to the several COVID-19 vaccine-related developments during the month, which aided Healthcare stocks. Further, the reopening of the economy benefitted the coronavirus outbreak-hit sectors like airlines, retailers, hotels and restaurants, and cruise line operators to some extent.

Notably, a slew of positive economic data helped instill optimism in investors. Per a report by the Commerce Department, consumer spending in the United States grew 1.9% in

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Ride the Momentum with These 5 Stocks

I know I tend to go on about the long term, and how we must be really careful about buying into a trend that could end real fast, especially since the market’s at unprecedented highs and sentiments are going through the roof.

But that’s basically one side of the story. It doesn’t mean that we must put all our money into stocks that we must hang on to forever. Not at all. The idea of long term buys, dividend stocks, etc is that we provide ourselves some sort of a buffer so we can absorb the volatility in riskier bets.

There are a couple of reasons why I think that we can and should make the most of the volatility in the market.

First among them are the improving macro numbers. So we see that the ISM numbers released earlier this month indicate expansion in the manufacturing sector; the HUD

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Stocks mixed after Powell’s inflation plan; Walmart, Microsoft rally on TikTok deal

try and nudge inflation higher.” data-reactid=”16″Wall Street ended a choppy session on a mixed note Thursday, with major benchmarks struggling to extend their win streak as investors digested stubbornly high unemployment data — but took heart from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s pledge to try and nudge inflation higher.

persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. ” data-reactid=”17″Powell unveiled a new framework of thinking for the central bank that will tolerate inflation “moderately” above its 2% target. The Fed also committed to reviewing this policy every five years. The Fed chief warned that the persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. 

“On the one hand, with the framework review out of the way, it gives the Fed something to do at the September [Open Market Committee] meeting: namely, introduce new, more aggressive forward guidance,” said JPMorgan

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Stocks adrift after Powell’s inflation plan; Walmart, Microsoft rally on TikTok deal

try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.” data-reactid=”16″Wall Street was mixed on Thursday, with major benchmarks struggling to add a 5th consecutive session of gains, as investors took heart from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s pledge to try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.

persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. ” data-reactid=”17″Powell unveiled a new framework of thinking for the central bank that will tolerate inflation “moderately” above its 2% target. The Fed also committed to reviewing this policy every five years. The Fed chief warned that the persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. 

“Many find it counterintuitive that the Fed would want to push up inflation,” Powell said. But the Fed chief warned that low inflation leads to declining inflation expectations, which has the effect of “diminishing

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Stocks jump on Powell’s inflation plan; Walmart, Microsoft rally on TikTok deal

try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.” data-reactid=”16″Wall Street rallied on Thursday, poised to tack on more gains after another record-setting session for each of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq on Wednesday, as investors took heart from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s pledge to try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.

persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. ” data-reactid=”17″Powell unveiled a new framework of thinking for the central bank that will tolerate inflation “moderately” above its 2% target. The Fed also committed to reviewing this policy every five years. The Fed chief warned that the persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. 

“Many find it counterintuitive that the Fed would want to push up inflation,” Powell said. But the Fed chief warned that low inflation leads to declining inflation

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Stocks jump at the open, Dow erases 2020 losses as Powell targets inflation

try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.” data-reactid=”16″Wall Street rallied early on Thursday, poised to tack on more gains after another record-setting session for each of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq on Wednesday, as investors took heart from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s pledge to try and nudge inflation higher while maintaining accomodative monetary policy.

persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. ” data-reactid=”17″Powell unveiled a new framework of thinking for the central bank that will tolerate inflation “moderately” above its 2% target. The Fed also committed to reviewing this policy every five years. The Fed chief warned that the persistence of low inflation over the last eight years risks new economic difficulties. 

“Many find it counterintuitive that the Fed would want to push up inflation,” Powell said. But the Fed chief warned that low inflation leads to declining

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