Some of our prior best-company picks are still powerhouses. Others have floundered.
Dividends are a great way to boost your investment returns. When companies pay out an annual dividend to investors -- typically a single-digit percentage of their share prices -- you can take home some extra income that can be accretive to your investment returns. You might know Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) for its clunky graphing calculators.
Microsoft and Nvidia have suffered sharp declines in their stocks this year, but their long-term outlooks make them screaming buys.