10 Great Stocks For Retirement

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By Matt Frankel, The Motley Fool 10 Great Stocks For Retirement 1

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2 1. Johnson & Johnson

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Johnson & Johnson has large and diverse operations in pharmaceuticals, home health products, and medical devices The company is a rock-solid retirement pick because of its size and its portfolio of brands, which include Band-Aid Immodium Johnson’s baby products Tylenol Neutrogena 3 Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

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Additionally, earnings are expected to increase by 7% per year over the next three years J&J is a “dividend aristocrat”, having increased its dividend for 52 consecutive years. 4 Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

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5 2. Berkshire Hathaway

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Perhaps the best overall retirement stock in the market because of its diversity and its management team, Berkshire owns a diverse collection of businesses, including GEICO Hanes See’s Candy NetJets 6 Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A)

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In addition, the company owns an excellent stock portfolio featuring 45 companies, many of which are found elsewhere on this list Warren Buffett and his management team run one of the most shareholder-oriented companies in the world, always emphasizing long-term performance 7 Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A)

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8 3. Procter & Gamble

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Procter & Gamble is one of the largest consumer product manufacturers in the world The company’s products are sold in more than 180 countries Procter & Gamble’s size, geographical diversification, and impressive brand portfolio make it a great choice for decades to come 9 Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)

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Procter & Gambles brands include: Pantene Gillette Crest Oral-B Vicks Dawn Downy Tide Pampers 10 Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)

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11 4. Google

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Google is an excellent retirement investment because of its commanding market share and its business model Currently, Google commands nearly 80% of the U.S. internet search market Google’s primary revenue stream (advertising) is a business that will always be needed 12 Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL)

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13 5. Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo is a great choice for a retirement stock because of its unique business model and size Unlike the other big banks, Wells Fargo focuses on traditional community banking operations Effectively, it is the United States’ largest savings and loan 14 Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC)

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Despite its size, Wells Fargo continues to grow The bank has been very successful at getting current customers to use multiple products (Wells Fargo’s average banking household has more than six products with the bank) Credit cards, auto lending, and deposits continue to grow at an impressive pace 15 Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC)

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16 6. American Express

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Despite a few recent hiccups, including the end of its partnership with Costco, American Express is a long-term winner The company’s focus on affluent consumers makes its cards very desirable to retailers As a result, American Express can command a higher “swipe fee” than rivals Visa or MasterCard 17 American Express (NYSE: AXP)

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American Express has a very loyal customer base, thanks to its exclusive “clubs” of cardholders In addition, American Express has been very successful so far in the prepaid and gift card space, expanding its reach to the under-banked population 18 American Express (NYSE: AXP)

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19 7. Exxon Mobil

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Despite the recent drop in oil prices, Exxon Mobil’s size and cash stockpiles make it a great long-term pick that trades for 18% less than it’s 52-week high In a recent upgrade, Goldman Sachs emphasized Exxon’s ability to generate cash flow, grow its dividend, and improve its margins despite the lower oil prices Analysts expect the company to increase its dividend by 6% per year, on average 20 Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM)

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21 Realty Income Corp.

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In addition to paying a 4.7% dividend yield on a monthly basis, Realty Income has produced some very solid growth over the years And it has done so with a relatively safe and straightforward business model 22 Realty Income (NYSE: O)

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Realty Income owns about 4,300 commercial properties, and some of the reasons this is a great retirement investment include: Tenants are on long-term (15+ year) leases with rent increases built in (low turnover) Tenants pay uncertain costs such as taxes, insurance, and building maintenance Over 98% of the company’s properties are currently occupied 23 Realty Income (NYSE: O)

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24 9. Coca Cola

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One of the most recognizable brands in the world, Coca-Cola continues to expand internationally The company’s basic strategy is to expand its global reach and to strategically add more brands to its portfolio It makes a great retirement investment because it works as a business no matter what the economy is doing or who is running the company As Warren Buffett once said, “a ham sandwich could run Coca-Cola” 25 Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO)

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26 10. Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart is an excellent retirement investment because its business model works very well in good economic times, while allowing the company to thrive during recessions and crashes When times get tough, more people shop at low-cost retailers such as Wal-Mart Successful long-term investing depends more on your performance during the bad times, and this is when Wal-Mart shines 27 Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT)

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Consider the performance of the following retailers during 2008 Target (TGT) – DOWN 30% Costco (COST) – DOWN 23% Wal-Mart (WMT) – UP 20% 28 Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT)

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