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  • The Dogs of the Dow Can Keep You Out of the Doghouse [View article]
    Didn't Dogs of the Dow significantly underperform major indexes by 20% in 2008?

    The only period for which Dogs of the Dow made any more money than a simple buy and hold index funds strategy, was when the DOD strategy was being backtested.
    Dec 11, 2008. 01:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Would Anyone Buy T-Bills at 0%? [View article]
    I wonder if there are alternatives to large companies to open hundreds of CD's in hundreds of Banks instead of purchasing 0% yielding products..
    Dec 11, 2008. 01:53 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Five Solid Dividend Companies [View article]
    That's a very good article D4L. I need to look into TEG, I have ED as an alternative.
    Dec 11, 2008. 01:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Altria: One of the Best Run Companies [View article]
    I own MO as I like the company and its ability to increase dividends and buy back stock consistently. The current MO however is different than the Altria that Siegel discusses, as it doesn't include international operations. However If you also own PM you should do just fine ( I own that one too)

    The high payout for MO is a warning sign.. The thing however is that the tobacco industry is in a decline and there should be little in capital investment for the future. Furthermore the company doesn't have a lot of options to reinvest in its business other than acquisitons..
    Dec 10, 2008. 10:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Playing the Auto Bailout With Yields as High as 45% [View article]
    The securities do yield a lot.. But buying them just because they yield so much is not a reason to enter a position. I view them more as a long-term investment. In the worst possible situation you will get equity in the "new" GM and "new" Ford, and this equity will have much more appreciation potential than the current one.
    Dec 10, 2008. 10:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Take on Year End Investing [View article]
    The funds definitely make it easy for you during tax time, as they report it in a 1099, as opposed to K1.
    Dec 9, 2008. 02:38 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Take on Year End Investing [View article]
    If you are looking to purchase an MLP fund, check out TYY or TYG.
    Another thing to check is the annual management fee that will come out of your pocket every year..

    Dec 9, 2008. 12:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Country Default Risk Rises Across the Board [View article]

    Argentina's bonds are pretty likely to default, so I wouldn't be surprised if someone paid 4400 in order to get $10,000 back.. I think that Argentine bonds trade well below par right now..
    Dec 4, 2008. 04:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Star Bulk Carriers: Interesting Dividend Payout [View article]
    The problem is not with dividend payments - the problem is that companies didn't allocate their cashflows wisely in order to be more competitive compared to their competitors. What is the guarantee that a company that doesn't pay any dividends will allocate the funds wisely?

    How else are shareholders expected to earn some real cash from the companies they invest in? Sure, stock prices could rise and fall based off fundamentals, but there always is a disconnect between those. When a company shares a portion of its profits with shareholders, it proves that these profits are real, and not made by manipulating the books.
    In the corporate america of the 21st century the shareholder is the last one to get paid. Companies that cannot afford to pay dividends are always suspect. If they cut or suspend dividends they show you zero confidence in the short-term ability to compete in the markets. If management doesn't think that the company will earn enough cash to support the dividend it has been paying for some time, then why should you hold the stock?

    Google never paid a dividend, yet they had the funds to pay millions for a space challenge.. That's a missapropriation of shareholders money if you ask me!

    Dec 3, 2008. 03:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Dividend Primer, You Don't Get Something for Nothing [View article]
    You are not discrediting me with your childish comments. You are discrediting yourself with your 6 posts on SeekingAlpha. Shame on you.

    On Dec 02 09:46 PM 22Thoroughbreadisanidi... wrote:

    > Wow! That has to be the dumbest comment I have read on a financial
    > blog...EVER.
    Dec 3, 2008. 10:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • GE Shareholders Cheered by Dividends, Earnings News [View article]
    I am very skeptical of the whole dividend reiiteration thing. Citi and BAC also claimed their dividends to be safe, only to cut them several months later..
    Dec 2, 2008. 05:38 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Dividend Primer, You Don't Get Something for Nothing [View article]

    You are looking at the issue from the standpoint of a daytrader. It is true that the stock price at the open is reduced by the amount of the dividend, but more often than not this is only a cosmetic change as the market adjusts it value up or down based off other factors.
    Stocks that pay dividends tend to outperform those that do not, as their dividend checks tend to soften any declines in bear markets and further compound your profits in bull markets.
    Dec 2, 2008. 05:32 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Highest Yielding Stocks Going Ex-Dividend in December [View article]
    I wrote an article on the dividend capture strategy:


    Basically this strategy assumes that markets are inefficient and that there is free lunch. Even the author of the article doesn't do what he preaches - then why should you risk a large capital loss for a small dividend?

    Dec 2, 2008. 11:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Top High Dividend Stocks in a Down Market [View article]
    It's important to make sure that the dividend is adequately covered. If the payout is significantly more than 50%, i would be hesitant in purchasing the shares..
    Dec 2, 2008. 11:32 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Merger Arbitrage: Sound Strategy for a Bear Market [View article]
    Looks like GDL has outperformed the market in 2008 by falling only 15%. ( total returns). The weird part is that GDL seems to be returning capital in order to maintain its 40 cents/quarter distribution.
    It also looks to me as if the fund participates in all deals, which is someting I am not looking to achieve. By all deals I mean deals that are just announced, and still have obvious hurdles in front of them. For example on 6/30/2008 GDL owned shares of YHOO even though the merger was never approved by YHOO's board.

    Please review this post on merger arbitrage:

    Nov 30, 2008. 05:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment