About Matt Hibbard

While many investors chase quick fire gains, Matt takes a different view. He is focused on two very clear goals. First: How to generate reliable and consistent income in a low-interest rate world. And second, how you can invest today to build wealth over the next 10–15 years.

Matt researches income investments. You can find more of Matt’s work over at Total Income, where he is hunting down the next generation of dividend-paying companies for the future. He is also the editor of Options Trader, where he uses basic options strategies to generate additional streams of income beyond the regular dividend payments.

Having worked for himself and with global firms for almost three decades, Matt has traded nearly every asset in existence. But now he is on a very different mission — to help investors generate income irrespective of what the market is doing. It’s about getting companies to pay you a steady, stable income, with minimal stress and the least risk possible.

Matt doesn’t believe you have the luxury of being a bull or a bear in the market right now. You have to earn an income from it, regardless of whether stocks are going up or down. By getting the financial markets to pay you an income, you can get to focus on more important things than just money.


Finding Out the Truth about Stocks

Australian investors often lament the performance of our market. They look at other markets and wonder why ours can’t be the same. We all know that financial stocks dominate the Australian market (around 40%). That the Big Four banks account for about 30% of the index. Remember, an index simply reflects the stocks that are in it. However, while that profit was 8% higher than the previous year, revenue hardly budged an inch.
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What Lies Ahead for the Big Bank Stocks?

Banks are the backbone of many investors’ portfolios. Their steady and growing dividends have been a boon for income investors. They are our biggest dividend payers. But could this all be about to change?
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Why Market Volatility Will Continue to Rear Its Head

If you follow the trail, it would seem that the share market rout this past week stems from one piece of data. The market took last week’s wage growth data as evidence that things might finally be turning around. An increase in their paycheques means that consumers can spend more, putting more money into the economy. However, it also has other ramifications.
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Why Stock Investors Need to Watch Bond Markets

One asset class that many investors are less familiar with is bonds. They are something that you are unlikely to see quoted anywhere — often not even in a finance report. The thing about bonds is that they matter a great deal to the stock market. And much of that has to do with the size of this asset class.
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Where You Want to Be Investing if the Market Turns South

It’s this end of the market where the professionals invest. They invest in companies that actually generate surplus cash — and can share that with their shareholders via dividends. These companies have a sustainable business and can ride out a downturn in the markets. So what is an investor to do?
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Intellectual Property: The Income Stream That Keeps on Giving

To fund its ageing population, Japan is again seeking to innovate. But it is doing it in a different way. Japan is not just aiming to make and sell more goods. It is also looking at another way to generate income from its engineering skills. And it all has to do with intellectual property (IP).
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500 Stocks The Aussie Market Has Forgotten About

As investors, we want to make sure that we don’t have too much of our holdings tied up in growth only stocks. And this is where income stocks fit into the picture. Of the 2000 or so stocks listed on the ASX, only around a quarter of them pay any dividend.
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The Thing That Could Really Bring This Market to an End

As revellers sip champagne and take in the fireworks, there will be one group of people for whom the end of the year won’t come soon enough. While everyone else is reflecting on the year gone by — and making plans for the next — this group will be ruminating on the decade gone by.
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The Real Story Behind the Banking Royal Commission

Don’t think for a moment the banks aren’t prepared. While all the political shenanigans have gone back and forth, the banks have been combing over their records to see what else is out there. When the bank executives front up, there is every chance they’ll know about, and be prepared for, whatever comes their way.
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Investing Tip: Take Yourself Out of the Box

We are not robots — and because many of us want both growth and value — many stock portfolios bear little resemblance to the way we are supposed to invest. For those of us looking for income out of the stock market, it can be a trap to worry too much about investing styles.
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Why Too Much Income Can Be Bad for You

If you’re on the hunt for income, you’ll be tempted to look for companies with the highest yield. At first glance, a higher yield looks more attractive. However, there are a number of things you need to consider before investing.

How to Make Your Accountant Wince

The good thing about the stock market, however, is that you can grow your wealth without having to keep tipping in your own money. One way you can do this is through a dividend reinvestment plan.
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30 Years On…Not Much Has Changed

Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the bleakest day in ASX history. On 20 October 1987 — 30 years ago exactly — the Australian market crashed by a massive 25%. That figure paints the day in better light than it should.