Market Wrap-Up for Apr.18 (GWW, LLY, AMTD, MTB, GPS, more)

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The markets had a tough day following the news Standard & Poor's lowered its outlook for U.S. long-term debt.

Well it should not come as a big shock to investors that the U.S. is risking this sort of move by a ratings agency. Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve have not been shy about the ability to print as much money as it takes to kickstart the economy. Look no further than what we have seen for gold and silver prices leading up to today's announcement. The inevitable news was never certainly going to be well-received and I would imagine that we will see further risk being priced into the markets over the near term. We made some recommendation changes today, removing three dividend stocks we told investors to ring the register on. We will continue to monitor the markets closely and keep subscribers updated to any further changes that may be coming.

Earnings reports are going to be heavy this week. M&T Bank ( MTB ) and W.W. Grainger ( GWW ), bucked the downtrend and finished higher following their results. On the flipside, we saw some selling in stocks like Eli Lilly ( LLY ) and TD Ameritrade ( AMTD ) following their earnings numbers. Wall Street downgrades on this weak market day took a toll on shares of Total ( TOT ) and Gap Inc. ( GPS ).

It was quite a weekend for us at as we had a major server meltdown we had to overcome on Sunday, which had us frantic for 12 hours working with our hosting company to get us back up on line as quickly as we could. The hosting company called it an uncommon hardware glitch on their end, but it made for a tough day. We are fortunately back and running on a brand new server and hopefully this will never happen again.

I was checking my Be a Dividend Millionaire book status last night and up came a 1-star review from someone who described me as having a huge ego and being a fraud. "Momma said they'll be days like this" was so appropriate for yesterday's theme. You know it can sometimes be a tough thing to get everyone to understand the investing philosophy of generating income with dividend-paying stocks. There are going to be individuals that will fight tooth and nail about what the right investing strategy is and for this one reader, I must have let him down when it comes to the idea investing needs to be more complicated than how I paint it. You can choose to make anything you do in your life more complicated than it has to be.

My philosophy is beyond just simply buying and selling stocks. It is to further develop the mindset so you can embrace the possibility we all can build wealth and have that spill over into other areas of our lives. People with money don't always necessarily live the happiest lives, but it sure helps alleviate the stress of worrying what happens when you don't have money saved up and invested properly. Everyone thinks about stress and how it affects those who may have money, but I can tell you it is much harder for people that are in dire financial situations. People look at a welfare situation at times and feel like those people have it made because they don't have to work and can simply collect. Think of the mindset someone is in when they have to rely on that check each month to keep their lives from getting any worse. We all have pride and I know if I was in a bad financial situation, I would be worried about what direction my life and that of my family's is going in. Everything is worse when you are poor, you live in tougher neighborhoods, you don't eat as well, you worry about the fact you are unable to find work, you are likely to be less educated, you begin to lose motivation, and eventually hope. Getting back to my book, could it have been better? It's hard to say since it was my first book and the vast majority of people that have bought it and e-mailed me have been happy with it. That said, everything can be better.

My goal is to have everyone understand investing is more about just the X's and O's. It's about developing the right mindset and attitude as well. You have to become persistent and you have to want to follow through and take action. The results will be there. I trust we will continue to make the best moves possible to outperform any other investing strategies over the long term. What I can't do is make someone take action. Without action, you will never be able to understand what works and what doesn't. All I can tell you is that will continue to dig through all the data and muffle out all the noise to bring you the best results we can.

I will have two media appearances tomorrow discussing my book as well as other pertinent investing topics. Here are the details:

WSCL/WSDL-FM (NPR) "2 BOOMER BABES RADIO SHOW" (BALTIMORE) - This is a 15 minute, taped interview. The interview will be about investing for the boomers that have never invested and have no retirement. 2BoomerBabes is about boomer issues and topics such as coping with aging parents or adult children living in our basements, romance in mid-life, health, and of course, finances!

WGVU-AM/FM (NPR) "Morning Show with Shelley Irwin" - (Michigan) - This will be a 15-minute taped interview about my "Be a Dividend Millionaire Book" and how it relates to the baby boomers. WGVU is an NPR-affiliate is located in Grand Rapids, MI and reaches over 1.3 million radio listeners from Grand Rapids to the Lakeshore.

I hope everyone had a chance to check out our Premium members-only weekend articles (while the site was up of course), including the new features that highlight some of the biggest winners and losers from the week that was, in regards to analyst upgrades, downgrades, as well as earnings/story stocks. We also had a rundown of how various Dividend ETFs performed on the week. Our expanded dividend data is pretty much all in place so anyone that focuses on "Dividend Capture" strategies should have plenty of good stuff to research each day.

Speaking of dividend capture, premium members can now access a new 9 page report we just released on things an active investor needs to know when it comes to a dividend capture strategy. Be sure to check it out!

Thanks for reaching everybody, and I'll see you tomorrow!

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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Referenced Stocks: AMTD , GPS , GWW , LLY , MTB

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