Date: February 2013
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Last year had me very excited about the promised Facebook (FB) IPO and it did prove to be as good as I had hoped. An extremely interesting IPO (with Nasdaq proving unable to handle trading), a major drop that gave me the opportunity to get in on the action in a trade that will hopefully pay off big time. Also, even though I have not done it yet, I will certainly be trading Facebook as part of my long & short tech stock strategy.

There Is No Other Facebook But…
There is no stock that will start trading soon that has anywhere near the hype we saw for Facebook. That being said, there are several interesting ones that I’d be interested investing in or trading on.. here are a few

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of People’s United Financial Inc. (PBCT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: People’s United Financial Inc. provides a full range of banking and financial service products to individuals, corporations and municipal customers in the U.S. Northeast.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

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About BancFirst Corporation (BANF)

BancFirst Corporation is a local bank headquarted in Oklahama City, Oklahama.  The Company has four principal business units: metropolitan banks, community banks, other financial services, and executive, operations and support

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Investing is not only about making money. In an ideal world, we all hope to pick the right stock at the right time and sell it for a profit. This always gives us a good story to tell and we wish we had the same story for each stock in our portfolio. Unfortunately, investing is a lot more complicated than simply picking strawberries during a warm, sunny day with your family.

I started my investing journey ten years ago and made some great moves and some stupid ones too. Over the years, I’ve tried to identify my own challenges, my own investing pain and try to solve them the best that I could. I’m sharing my experience here and hope you will find hints to solve your own investing pain through my story.

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Apple (AAPL) has been one of my favorite stocks for a long time and while yesterday it turned out to be a great pick, the company is struggling a bit more this year. Why? There are so many different reasons. But I’m starting to think that Apple could soon be added to the Ultimate Sustainable Dividend Portfolio.

Apple Does Not Fit The “Typical” USDP Candidate
No doubt, in many ways, Apple would not fit in. Why?

-Dividend growth under 2.50%
-Basically no dividend history

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Many investors don’t think of mining stocks as dividend growth companies, because of their lower dividend yields. The sector has largely been overlooked by the Canadian dividend investing crowd. Yet these are “dividend growth” companies with strong balance sheets. They have recently raised their dividends, and have more potential for share price increase. Take PotashCorp (POT) as an example, which recently raised its dividend by a whopping 33%. By avoiding the lower-yield mining companies, many investors may be giving up a “golden” opportunity for future growth, when the resource sector rebounds.

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The market hasn’t been as cooperative as I would have liked over the past month. I would have enjoyed a 500 or 1,000 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average to bring some of the share prices in companies that I’m interested in down to earthly levels. But, alas, such was not to be. That’s fine. I continue to make my monthly purchases in high quality dividend growth stocks, as I become a part-owner in these fantastic companies for the long-term. Meanwhile, as a benefit of being a part-owner I collect rising dividends which I combine with fresh capital from my day job and make further investments as opportunities present themselves. Sounds like a winning strategy to me!

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When I was first getting started with dividend growth investing, one of the biggest authorities on dividend investing was the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index. This list of stocks was compiled by a respectable agency and included companies which had raised dividends for at least a quarter of a century each.

The more I researched my way into the world of dividend investing however, the more companies I uncovered which were not included in this elite index of stocks. Chevron (CVX) is an example of a company which has consistently raised distributions for 25 years in a row and is not part of the index. Colgate –Palmolive (CL) is a company which has rewarded shareholders with higher distributions for 49 consecutive years, yet it was only recently added to the index. In addition, most recently a company which had only raised distributions for much less than 25 years had been added to the index – Ecolab (ECL). The company has only boosted dividends for 21 years in a row. This did not make much sense, and as a result I have paid very little attention to this index which I previously viewed as elite. The list was too exclusive and was leaving out a lot of potentially great dividend growth stocks. You can view the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index list here.

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How much money will you need before retiring? This obviously is very important question, but also a very difficult question to answer. There are many factors and assumptions that go into estimating the income that will be needed in retirement. With so many estimates and assumptions, there is a high probability the estimated number will be incorrect.

In the summer of 2009, BusinessWeek week ran an article in which Brett Hammond, TIAA-CREF’s chief investment strategist, shared an easy way for people to check on their retirement readiness.

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Aflac Inc. (AFL) is the world’s largest underwriter of supplemental cancer insurance. Aflac insurance products pay cash benefits directly to the insured to help protect against income and asset loss when a specific health event causes financial challenges. They are the number one provider of voluntary insurance products at the work-site in the United States and the number one life insurance company in Japan. In 2011, operations in Japan accounted for roughly 80% of profits while the other 20% was attributable to the United States. The company makes money by selling new insurance policies, collecting premiums from renewed insurance policies and from investment income made by investing the insurance premiums received.

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