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Market Wrap-Up for Mar.24 (PAYX, SCHL, BAC, JCI, ROK, CL, more)

We are seeing spikes in some of the stocks that have been performing well in the first quarter. There are only six trading days left before the first quarter wraps up, so fund managers may be getting busy sprinkling some winners on to their portfolio (hence the term "window dressing").

This could mean short-term profits may be had for aggressive investors playing the continued run in gold and silver prices. Anyone in this area should consider taking a bit of the easy gains off the table if things get frothy in the next week. Despite the argument of commodity prices being a solid long-term bet, it is still a trade in my opinion. Enjoy the run (with the rest of the traders), but know there needs to be some nimbleness if you are going to cash in on the commodity craze. Remember how real estate was supposed to be a tremendous long-term bet! Anything that spikes up as much as we have seen with commodity prices need to understand they can go down just as quickly. If anything, keep your sell-stops firmly in place and be sure to move them up along with rising prices. Just don't move them down if you see prices falling. You will only see more of your profits disappear or worse even, if you get in at the top of the craze, not keeping your stops in place can potentially set you up for big losses. Please be careful with the commodity plays (mining companies, ETFs, etc).

Looking at the action today, Paychex ( PAYX ) and Scholastic Corp ( SCHL ) did not participate in today's rally, following both companies' earnings results. Also lower was Bank of America ( BAC ) for a second consecutive day as analysts continue to urge caution with the name. A few standouts names included Rockwell Automation ( ROK ), Johnson Controls ( JCI ), both on the receiving end of analyst upgrades. Also, Colgate-Palmolive ( CL ) gained $2 in today's trading.

We added a new name to our Best Dividend Stocks List today, so be sure to check out the link for the upgrade below if you did not read the e-mail alert we sent out to Dividend.com Premium members earlier.

To follow up with what I was saying yesterday regarding multi-family real estate investments, some of the keys to remember when you are taking the next step and becoming a landlord:

1. You have to do credit checks on potential tenants. Look for companies online that specialize in the field. You skip this step and you are certainly on your own.

2. Avoid accepting partial month payments. This will start the poor paying habits off and your good gesture will not be appreciated in many cases.

3. Start the eviction process as soon as a tenant is 15 days late with their rent. It sounds heartless, but you are running a business in a sense and can not afford to have your cash-flow disrupted.

4. Get multiple estimates for any costly work that you will need done. Also, build a database of dependable service people that you can rely on in case of emergencies. Lastly, pay attention to the repairs being done and try and learn something so you can possibly fix basic issues that arise yourself.

There are plenty of more things you will need to know, so if you are serious about generating income in real estate, keep these tips in mind and be sure to research the subject more. And don't forget, the data points coming from the real estate market continue to be somber. If you are itching to make an investment move, the multi-family niche could work if you do your homework. I still prefer the bulk of my investment dollars to be geared toward dividend-paying stocks, but there is nothing wrong with diversifying either.

For those of you out there who are either just starting your careers or have been in a career for years, are you pleased with the direction you are going in or may be in already? It's funny, if you had told me 20 years ago that I'd wind up in the situation I am now, I probably wouldn't have believed you. At the time, I was running a retail business and hadn't even begun to think about the markets! As you can see, the wonderful thing about having the ambitious trait is that you never know what great things can come about if you pay attention to what is going on in the world and how your desire to succeed can often carry you to heights you never thought possible. As I get set to speak later on today at a university here in New Jersey, I am going to carry with me the message that planning your career out too far may not make the most sense in the world we live in today.

Depending on the industry you are considering, you may find yourself touching 2,3, 4, different type of careers before you are ready to enjoy the golden years. If you are considering the medical field, and being a doctor, then you will likely stay the course. There is certainly nothing wrong with that choice of course. But for many, the pressure to "pick something" to do forever is way over-rated and is something parents may slowly have to discover. You increase the likelihood of having an outstanding career if you adopt a mindset that whatever business, service, or job you have offers value to others. There is no greater satisfaction than to know you have customers that are there for you and want you to help them. Depending on the business or job you are in, the demand can sometimes be overwhelming, but don't ever take your customers for granted. If we start to slack off here at Dividend.com and our results start to disappoint, we will certainly see a bottom line effect to how much we can earn and even more importantly the influence we will have in the investment world. Complacency becomes a danger to anyone that has tasted success for a certain amount of time. The best thing you can do is surround yourself with colleagues that are as hungry as you are and make that a key ingredient for you to succeed. Age should never stop someone from believing they can't reach higher mountains. Look at Warren Buffett continuing his passion of business each day. He continues to stay active in what he loves. I have mentioned a few times about Ray Kroc turning McDonald's into a national brand starting at age 59. If you willing to make the extreme efforts, the extreme rewards could be right around the corner.

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you tomorrow! P.S. Please pass this e-mail on to someone you think can use some financial motivation. Thanks again!

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