Author: Pete

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On Monday, I discussed the major bubble crisis in China. I’ve mentioned the term Shadow Banking. This new banking term caught my attention – is shadow banking legal? What is Shadow Banking anyways? And most importantly, how can Shadow Banking affect your portfolio? With a name like this, it’s hard to think shadow banking is good for the economy. From my understanding, shadow banking is like steroids; it boosts your performance and exacts a toll to pay later at a critical price for your excesses.

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Nike, Inc. (NKE). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis: Company Description: Nike, Inc. is the world’s leading designer and marketer of high-quality athletic footwear, athletic apparel and accessories. 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:

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IWhere To Invest have not inherited or won the lottery if you were curious. I am simply transferring my hard earned money to another account. I have decided to execute a transfer from my other RRSP account to bring it over to my Dividend Portfolio RRSP account. As it happens, most of my contributions go into my other RRSP account and I want more in my dividend portfolio so I have to execute transfers every now and again.

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Target Corporation (TGT) is a general merchandise retailer in the United States and Canada. Currently, the company has just under 2,000 stores.Target has a very long dividend growth streak going 46 years strong. Not only has Target been growing their dividend rate for nearly 5 decades, but they recently have been able to maintain a near 20% growth rate of that dividend.

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At some point in the future will we look back at our actions today and refer to them as our greatest missed opportunity? A successful dividend growth strategy takes time. Unfortunately, many income investors don’t have the luxury of time on their side and must focus on high-yield investments to meet current expenses. These high-yield investments are often accompanied by high-risk. For those with time, a solid long-term strategy focusing on quality stocks that grow their dividends will treat them well in their retirement years.

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I’ve often received emails and comments on this blog over the years relating to the sacrifice involved in aggressively pursuing financial independence. While often not criticizing in nature, I think people have this preconceived notion in their mind about what sacrifice really is.

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After each quarter-end, I review my asset allocation and year-to-date total returns by category. The attached PDF contains my actual asset allocation as of 2014-Q1. Below is a high-level summary of the information contained in the PDF:

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Isn’t this the dream? At the end of the day, this is like achieving financial independence without a trust fund or a wealthy family. Retirement is basically achieving that goal but I want to achieve that much earlier. My ‘findependence‘ goal is to be financially free of obligations by age 45 and hopefully, I can earn quite a bit of income by that time.

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Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Monsanto Co. (MON). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis: Company Description: Monsanto Co. is a global provider of agricultural products and integrated solutions for farmers.

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It is very easy for a CEO to get on a conference call and talk about confidence in the future while communicating glowing projections, but do they really believe what they are saying? Are there any actions that would make you believe what they are saying? Senior management purchasing company stock is a strong indicator of confidence in the future. Another indicator is sticking with a dividend plan, including regular increases.