3 Reasons to Own Facebook Stock in Retirement

Retirees may spend hours a day on Facebook, but its stock, lacking a dividend, is often overlooked when it comes to their portfolios.

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Retirees may spend hours a day on Facebook, but its stock, lacking a dividend, is often overlooked when it comes to their portfolios. Facebook (symbol FB, $132.78) may not hand out cash every quarter, but it can still be a good retirement stock. It trades at an attractive price and is expected to generate well-above-average profit growth. It enjoys a large and entrenched position in the digital advertising industry, which is expanding rapidly. And it has various businesses that have yet to reach their full potential, analysts say. Here are three reasons Facebook stock looks like a winner for retirees.

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Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.

In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics, demographics, real estate, cost of living indexes and more.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

Disclosure: Dan does not trade stocks or other securities. Rather, he dollar-cost averages into cheap funds and index funds and holds them forever in tax-advantaged accounts.