A NIGHT OF HARMONY
The Dixie Chicks played a set of songs celebrating
music producer and meditator Rick Rubin, who was
presented with the Lifetime of Harmony Award by
the David Lynch Foundation. The Foundation supports Transcendental Meditation training for youth
at risk, veterans, first responders, and others in need.
BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL
The 7th annual Bali Spirit Fest featured musicians,
teachers, healers, artists, and more from around the
world for an immersion into a ritual paradise. The
8th annual Bali Spirit Fest will be held in 2015.
ARTISTRY AT COACHELLA
The Do LaB and Lucent Dossier Experience combined
to create a heart-pounding sensual vibe at this year’s
Coachella Festival. Their own vibrant Lightning in a
Bottle festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend.
A Healthy Investment.
BY NATALIE PACE.
Many of us have made the switch to natural food, but should
you make the switch in your investments, too? Is it fiscally
healthier to own Hain Celestial than Kraft Foods? It certainly
has been for the last few years: Hain has doubled in share price
over the last two years, while Kraft Foods is performing below
the general marketplace.
There is a clear advantage to investing in natural food companies over the legacy food companies. They are healthier (in sales
growth and profit margins) and fat-free (with far less debt), while
pioneering the products of tomorrow.
United Natural Foods, Inc., Hain Celestial, and
Chipotle all have had double-digit sales growth and
7-10% profit margins. On the other hand, Tyson
and Kraft Foods have high levels of debt, more
than triple the debt/equity ratios of the natural
So, how do Kraft and Conagra keep investors interested, when they are less healthy companies?
Through dividends. Many brokers will keep their
clients in for the dividends, without warning
that the debt concerns could cost their clients in
principal investment. In that sense, these stocks
could be like trans-fat cookies.
They might taste good today, but then run the
risk of giving you a heart attack tomorrow.
Investing in natural food is a win-win-win.
You fuel the companies you like to purchase from,
your bottom line looks more beautiful, and your
conscious ownership enriches our planet. Just as
you don’t want to be stuck with a watch company (clock bracelets) when everyone checks the
time on their cell phone, you don’t want to own
antibiotic-laced meats and trans-fat snacks stocks
when the FDA is outlawing them.
Just like fresh, natural foods are healthier than
big-box, GMO, trans-fat laden foods, real growth
and solid profits are a better foundation for fiscal
health than the promised shelf-life of the debt-lad-en dividend stock.
Natalie Pace is the author of the Amazon bestsellers, The ABCs of
Money and You Vs. Wall Street. For 14 years, Natalie has been saving
homes and nest eggs, while simultaneously earning the ranking of
No. 1 stock picker. Natalie Pace is a blogger on HuffingtonPost.com
and a repeat guest on national television and radio shows. A strong
believer in giving back, she has been instrumental in raising tens
of millions for public schools, financial literacy, the arts and underserved
women and girls worldwide.
For more information please visit NataliePace.com
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