Category: General Dividend – Most Popular
by | Posted 2.19.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

One of the easiest ways to find long-term dividend stock ideas is the list of dividend champions, that David Fish maintains and updates every single month. The list includes 106 companies which have managed to boost dividends for at least 25 years in a row. This is not a small accomplishment, given the fact that the past quarter century included several wars, a few bubbles bursting, several recessions, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the economic rise of emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and Brazil.

by | Posted 2.17.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

Everyone likes the story of the underdog . This is the person who has everything going against them in life, yet they still prevailed. Every person can identify themselves as the underdog, because most everyone has been an underdog at some stage of his or her life. The following three companies have managed to defy skeptics expectations, and prove them wrong, time and again. The companies are Digital Realty Trust (DLR), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) and PepsiCo (PEP).

by | Posted 2.8.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

I recently initiated a position in Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), which is the holding company of billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett. Over the past year, I have studied almost everything publicly available on Warren Buffett and how he accumulated his sizeable fortune. This included his early years where he was obsessed with numbers and businesses, his Buffett partnership years, and his latest investments at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway over the past 50 years.

by | Posted 2.8.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

Dividend growth investors typically focus on a minimum record of dividend increases which is anywhere between 5 and 25 years. The purpose of focusing on companies with an established record of consistent dividend raises is to identify corporate boards which are eager and willing to reward shareholders with higher distributions. I also believe that a long streak of dividend increases is one of the indicators of a business with strong underlying fundamentals. Regular dividend increases which are supported by gradual increases in profits over time are essential for providing retirees with an inflation adjusted stream of income during their non-working years, which does not rely on reinvestment.

by | Posted 2.8.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

Even though this is a dividend investing blog, I am well aware that several readers have other things in their portfolios. For example, I’m sure many of you have a portion of your assets invested in fixed income. Bond holders have been put under more pressure than usual in 2013. After 4 years of high returns due to the continuous efforts of all countries to suppress interest rates, bonds were among the worst performers in 2013.

by | Posted 2.6.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

The goal of every dividend investor is to generate a sufficient stream of passive dividend income, that would adequately cover their expenses. In order to achieve this goal however, investors need to select a strategy and fine-tune it over time to reflect current market conditions. In most of my articles I tend to focus on investing that would generate dividends for several decades to come. But how would someone who wants to retire in one decade afford to retire? Follow the guidelines in this article, and you might end up being one of the lucky ones who can afford to quit the rat race in a decade.

by | Posted 1.7.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

Another month has passed by, and it’s time for me to post an article on my favorite subject: dividend income. The reason why I love to post articles on dividend income is because it’s pure numbers. It’s hard to argue the success of long-term dividend growth investing when you can slowly and surely see dividend income rise over time and get closer to covering one’s expenses.

by | Posted 1.7.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in December, extending the streak to 42 consecutive months of increases after June 2010’s decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 71 of the last 73 months. My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and last updated in my 2013 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

by | Posted 1.4.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

Hello Dividend Investors! I know I’ve been quite silent on my blog in December, but this is because I was working very hard behind the scenes to come up with two major announcements! For a third year in a row, I’ve produced my Best 2014 Dividend Stock Picks Book. This is a compilation of 20 US dividend stocks and 10 Canadian dividend stocks with one pager analysis for each pick. In 2012, I almost matched the US market and beat the Canadian market by more than 8%. In 2013, I beat both US and Canadian market by far. What will happen in 2014? Keep reading and you will see!

by | Posted 1.4.2014 | Post Comment (No Comments)

With the new year just started, many will be thinking about some new resolution to make and leaning towards resolutions such as losing weight or being healthier and I wonder how many will have financial resolutions? I heard on the radio on my way to work a comment that those who lose weight do so more by having a plan than by being strong willed. The two radio hosts were arguing that you actually need more will power than just a plan. I started thinking that when it comes to finances, what you need is a really good plan. A plan that you need to adjust along the way and refine as you learn.