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I write about dividend growth stocks on my website I am mostly a buyer of high quality dividend stocks, with solid competitive advantages. My holding period is forever, as long as the dividend is at least maintained. I tend to concentrate my efforts on stocks... More
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  • What Drives Future Investment Returns?

    There are several factors that drive future investment returns. The important drivers behind future returns on equity investments include:

    1) Attractive Entry Price
    2) Adequate growth in earnings
    3) Dividend Safety
    4) Strategic dividend reinvestment

    While these are important drivers of future returns, it is equally important to keep as much of any returns as possible. In order to do that, investors need to be mindful of all costs. In order to reduce taxes, it is advisable to place as much shares as possible in a tax-deferred account such as a Roth IRA for example. In taxable accounts, it is advisable to refrain from too much trading, in order to let the power of tax-deferred capital gains on long-term holdings do its magic. The other way to keep costs low is by putting money in the lowest cost broker. In my situation, this is Interactive Brokers, which charges me 35 cents/investment. It feels like a steal.

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    Jun 29 11:03 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Emerson Electric (EMR) Dividend Stock Analysis

    Emerson Electric Co. provides technology and engineering solutions to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. It operates through five segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Emerson Electric is a dividend king, which has raised dividends for 58 years in a row. There are only 16 dividend kings in the world.

    The most recent dividend increase was in November 2014, when the Board of Directors approved a 9.30% increasein the quarterly dividend to 47 cents/share..

    The company's largest competitors include General Electric (NYSE:GE), ABB (NYSE:ABB), and Honeywell (NYSE:HON)

    Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 9.10% to its shareholders.

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    Jun 26 11:09 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Should Dividend Investors Re-Balance Their Portfolios?

    Rebalancing is the process where investors sell an asset that takes an above average allocation in their portfolio, and use the proceeds to purchase an asset which has a below average portfolio weight. Many investors are told that they need to re-balance their portfolios regularly. The benefit from rebalancing is risk reduction. In my investing, I do not practice re-balancing. This is because I view re-balancing as a perverse process where I end up selling my winners, in order to add to my losers. Re-balancing is a form of market timing, and runs opposite to my belief of letting the best performers run for as long as possible ( until that dividend is cut). I am going to provide more detail below.

    I spend a lot of time trying to find attractively valued companies, and then poring through financials, reports and performance statistics in order to determine if I want to purchase them or not.

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    Jun 25 8:40 AM | Link | Comment!
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