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My entire career has been spent in industry within the finance and accounting realm. My career started in 1985 and has included exposure to implementing SFASs
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  • Dividend Growth Stocks With A Defined-Benefit Pension

    This year I turned 52. It seems that with each birthday, I think about and plan for retirement a little more. I have long since resolved that social security will not provide for my needs in retirement (nor was it ever intended to). I am one of an ever-shrinking group that is still covered by a defined benefit pension plan, though it was recently frozen and closed to new employees. So, how should a pension fund figure into my retirement?

    One question many aging employees are asking is...

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    Tags: MCD, JNJ, MMM, PG, KO
    Nov 04 7:42 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Stocks Heating Up Their Yields With Higher Dividends

    Dividends from a quality, well-diversified portfolio are much more predictable than capital gains and best of all, they are passive. You don't have to do anything, they just show up in your brokerage account each quarter. Inflation? Not to worry, the good companies routinely raise their dividends well in excess of the inflation rate.

    This week as the weather turns cold, the dividend increases heat up with several companies raising their cash dividends...

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    Nov 03 7:38 AM | Link | Comment!
  • My Top And Bottom Performing Dividend Stocks Through September

    Investing in dividend growth stocks is a long-term proposition. One of the beauties of following a dividend growth strategy is that you don't have to watch your portfolio or the market on a daily basis. For the most part, daily, monthly and yearly movements are just noise in the system.

    My normal practice is to refresh my analytical spreadsheets each Friday with updated price information on the 250+ stocks that I follow. Even then, I don't normally look at the value of my portfolio or the performance of individual stocks.

    However, each quarter I update my income portfolio's performance and benchmark it against the S&P 500 and other portfolios. At that time I look at the performance of individual stocks to understand the overall performance the portfolio.

    Saturday, I updated my Income Portfolio's performance for the third quarter. Building on that, here are my income portfolio's top and bottom five performers for the year, through September 30, 2014...

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    Oct 30 7:28 AM | Link | Comment!
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