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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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  • Dividend Growth Stocks Protect Investors From Inflation

    One of the biggest risks that investors in retirement face is inflation. There is a general trend of rising prices over time, which decreases the purchasing power of cash today, as prices on many items slowly increase. A dollar today is going to have a higher purchasing power than a dollar received in 2025.

    Dividend growth stocks are the ideal venue for investors in retirement. This is because the dividend income usually rises faster than the rate of inflation, in diversified portfolios of dividend paying securities. For example, historically prices have risen by an average of 3.90% per year between 1960 and 2014. However, annual dividends on the S&P 500 index have increased by 5.60%/year between 1960 and 2014. I have taken the S&P 500 as a proxy for overall dividend growth that could be expected from a diversified portfolio of US stocks.

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    Jul 29 9:10 AM | Link | Comment!
  • How I Manage My Dividend Portfolio

    I have received quite a few emails recently, asking me how I manage my dividend portfolio. In general, I focus on several things that I believe are important in managing a dividend portfolio.

    1) Researching and analyzing companies

    I try to make sure I have analyzed each company I own at least once every 12 - 18 months. This includes the analysis I post on this site. I do not post each stock analysis, since many of the companies I own are not attractive for a purchase. Hence I don't post as many stock analyses as I actually do.

    I obtain my information from multiple sources, including annual reports, financial websites, press releases, company presentations etc. I also have a spreadsheet, where I basically update the annual numbers I find helpful once per year for each company I am monitoring.

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    Jul 27 10:10 AM | Link | Comment!
  • ACE Limited (ACE) Dividend Stock Analysis

    ACE Limited (NYSE:ACE), through its subsidiaries, provides a range of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance products worldwide. It operates through five segments: North American P&C, North American Agriculture, Insurance, Overseas General, Global Reinsurance and Life Insurance. ACE Limited is a dividend achiever, which has raised dividends for 23 years in a row.

    The most recent dividend increase was in May 2015, when the Board of Directors approved a 3.10% increase in the quarterly dividend to 67 cents/share. After reviewing the past history of dividend increases however, I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't another dividend increase this year.

    The company's largest competitors include American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Travelers (NYSE:TRV), and Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.B)

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    Jul 24 11:00 AM | Link | Comment!
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