Retirement Strategy: Having Cash Is Not A Sin, It Is Smart!

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Includes: BGCP, ED, F, FSP, GM, HCP, JNJ, KO, MAIN, MAT, MO, MSFT, NLY, O, OHI, ORI, OVBC, PETS, PG, STWD, T
by: Regarded Solutions

Summary

The market is screaming its need to go DOWN, why buy now when you can build cash?

Yes, dividend growth investors want more income, but there ARE times when it is prudent to work on a cash pile.

Having more cash now will go further later when the market calms down.

I have been taking plenty of heat lately when I have written about my decision to do nothing and let cash accumulate. Hardcore dividend growth investors will place every penny to work at all times, seemingly disregarding what the markets are telling us.

While I have supported time IN the markets over timing the markets, there are times when aiming for a growth of cash positions makes more sense and is more conservative. As far as I am concerned, this market has been telling us precisely that for over a month now.

What Is The Value Of Cash?

Most of the time I will lean towards putting idle cash to work to increase a stream of dividend income. There are markets such as the one we have right now when the safer move is to focus on building cash. Some see no value in that so let me offer a few simple thoughts for everyone to consider.

  • Having more cash now will enable you to buy dividend champs cheaper as the market keeps selling off.
  • Having more cash now will make it easier to watch the market drop and is less risky.
  • Let's say you have $10k right now but accumulate another $10k over the next few months or so. If a stock like Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) drops from $78 to $65 per share, you will be able to purchase about 300 shares later, rather than 110 shares now.
  • Cash on hand feels damn good in a declining market and lets you sleep better.
  • Building cash allows you to become an even more aggressive dividend growth investor in a more cost-effective way.
  • Buying at lower entry prices will increase your yield, enable more shares to be added, and increase your income.

Tell me the worst that can happen? In my mind, missing a dip but NOT selling from panic, and building cash while the dividend checks keep rolling in makes lots of practical, conservative sense when the market is so easy to read, as it is now.

So if I am wrong, the worst that will happen is you miss a buying opportunity. That's it in my mind. If that is the worst that can happen, then during this market environment, I choose the less risky path of building cash and keeping an eye on the issues and headwinds that this market is facing.

Trust me, the stocks will still be there when the dust settles. It ain't that critical to rush into anything right now.

In the meantime, TARP will continue producing an income stream, and guess what? General Motors (NYSE:GM) just raised its dividend by over 5%, so the Team Alpha Retirement Portfolio just got another bump in its income!

As of now, the portfolio consists of the following stocks: Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), AT&T (NYSE:T), Franklin Street Properties (NYSEMKT:FSP), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Omega Healthcare (NYSE:OHI), Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Realty Income (NYSE:O), General Motors, Ford (NYSE:F), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Consolidated Edison (NYSE:ED), Altria (NYSE:MO), Main Street Capital (NYSE:MAIN), PetMed Express (NASDAQ:PETS), BGC Partners (NASDAQ:BGCP), Ohio Valley Banc Corp. (NASDAQ:OVBC), HCP, Inc. (NYSE:HCP), Old Republic International Corp. (NYSE:ORI), Starwood Property Trust (NYSE:STWD), Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) and Annaly Capital (NYSE:NLY).

Here is the brand new income update:

Are you building cash or are you still buying this correction? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Disclaimer: The opinions and the strategies of the author are not intended to ever be a recommendation to buy or sell a security. The strategy the author uses has worked for him, and it is for you to decide if it could benefit your financial future. Please remember to do your own research and know your risk tolerance.

Disclosure: I am/we are long AAPL, BGCP, ED, F, FSP, GM, HCP, JNJ, KO, MAIN, MAT, MO, MSFT, NLY, O, OHI, ORI, OVBC, PETS, PG, STWD, T, XOM.

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