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  • Baby Boomers Need Not Fear All-Time Highs In The Market
    Mon, Sep. 29 CVX, MDP, TGT 37 Comments

    Summary

    • With the market near all-time highs some investors are overly cautious about putting their nest egg to work in stocks.
    • While the S&P is currently yielding just 1.87%, retirees can still take investing into their own hands to build a portfolio that provides a high income.
    • This article highlights a diversified group of companies that are paying above market yields with reliable growth in the payments.
  • Young Investors - Why Increasing Risk Is A Bad Idea For Your Portfolio
    Thu, Aug. 28 AMP, CMCSA, CMI 97 Comments

    Summary

    • I frequently see recommendations that young investors should own riskier investments because of their longer time frame until retirement.
    • Dividend growth investing sometimes gets a bad rap from critics who say that it ignores growth stocks and investing for capital gains.
    • While high yield, low growth stocks are certainly a popular component of the investing style, there are many high growth stocks that also qualify.
    • This article will identify a diversified cross-section of growth stocks who have paid rising dividends over the last 5+ years.
  • Dividends In Investing: How To Sleep Well At Night
    Wed, Aug. 13 KO, MSFT 118 Comments

    Summary

    • While earnings are certainly an important focus in selecting companies for investment, dividends received are a much more predictable metric.
    • For an investor at or nearing retirement, the reliability of these dividend payments can make the volatility of the market much less worrisome.
    • Focusing on the steady dividend income of your portfolio rather than the up and downs of capital gains can help you hold through a down market.
  • Update: Pacific Ethanol Earnings
    Fri, Aug. 1 PEIX 8 Comments

    Summary

    • Pacific Ethanol announced earnings after the bell on July 30th.
    • Higher taxes, start-up costs on the Madera plant, and possible lower profits on 3rd party ethanol sales may have hurt profit margins, leading to lower earnings than I expected.
    • The company's increased revenues confirmed the strength in the ethanol market.
  • Earnings Surprise On Deck For Pacific Ethanol?
       • Thu, Jul. 31 PEIX 10 Comments

    Summary

    • Fundamental catalysts remain as corn prices continue to drop and ethanol prices remain strong.
    • A vast reduction in debt load during the first quarter has led to reduced interest expense going forward.
    • The re-opening of its Madera ethanol plant will provide increased sales volumes over the first quarter.
    • Fair value adjustments to outstanding warrants led to a disappointing reported earnings number in Q1 for the company.
  • 401(K) Reconstructed: 2014 Q2 Review
    Tue, Jul. 15 AFL, CVX, DRI 39 Comments

    Summary

    • Another quarter has passed, and my rebuilt 401(k) portfolio has set another dividend income record.
    • In addition to the growing dividends, the value of the account has also set a new all-time high.
    • Dividend increases announced so far in 2014 have kept my goal of $1200 in annual dividends in reach.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Utilities
    Tue, May. 27 ITC, SCG, SO 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Even with the market nearing all-time highs, there are still plenty of stocks trading at attractive valuations.
    • Previous articles in this series have covered stocks in the Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Financials, Healthcare, Industrials, Materials, Technology and Telecommunications Sectors.
    • This article will focus on the Utilities Sector and look to identify some "Blue Light Specials" in the stock market.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Telecommunications
    Tue, May. 13 BCE, RCI, T 24 Comments

    Summary

    • Even with the market nearing all-time highs, there are still plenty of stocks trading at attractive valuations.
    • Previous articles in this series have covered stocks in the Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Financials, Healthcare, Industrial and Materials Sectors.
    • This article will identify stocks in the Telecommunications Sector that are "On Sale" in the market.
  • Dividend Growth On Hiatus For Darden Restaurants?
    Tue, Apr. 22 DRI 67 Comments

    Summary

    • Darden Restaurants, Inc. has raised its dividend for the past 9 consecutive years.
    • Darden typically raises the dividend with its July payment.
    • Management has given clues that the increase streak may be in jeopardy.
  • 401(k) Reconstructed: Q1 2014 Review
    Wed, Apr. 16 CHD, DPS, EOG 47 Comments

    Summary

    • My 401k's transition into Dividend Growth Investing has now reached its one-year anniversary.
    • While there have been several adjustments made to the portfolio during the year, the growth in income it produces has been on an upward trajectory.
    • In addition to increasing income, the portfolio has also had a sizable increase in capital gains.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Materials
    Thu, Apr. 10 ALB, EMN, IP 11 Comments

    Summary

    • As the stock market continues to hit new highs, there are still plenty of stocks available that are trading at attractive valuations.
    • Previous articles have covered stocks in the Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Financials, Healthcare and Industrial Sectors.
    • This article will identify five stocks in the Technology Sector that are "On Sale" in the market.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Technology
    Sun, Mar. 30 IBM, MSFT, ORCL 8 Comments

    Summary

    • As the stock market continues to hit new highs, there are still plenty of stocks available that are trading at attractive valuations.
    • Previous articles have covered stocks in the Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, Financials, Healthcare and Industrial Sectors.
    • This article will identify five stocks in the Technology Sector that are "On Sale" in the market.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Industrials
    Tue, Mar. 25 AOS, CMI, CSX 6 Comments

    Summary

    • Even with the markets near all-time highs, there are still plenty of stocks available that are trading at attractive valuations.
    • Previous articles in this series have covered stocks in the Consumer Staples, Consumer Discretionary, Energy, Financials and Healthcare Sectors.
    • This article will identify five stocks in the Industrials Sector that are "On Sale" in the market.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Healthcare
    Fri, Mar. 14 BAX, CHE, JNJ 24 Comments

    Summary

    • Even as the market approaches all-time highs there are still plenty of stocks trading at attractive valuations.
    • Previous articles in the series have covered stocks in the Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Energy, and Financials sectors.
    • This article will identify five stocks in the Health Care sector that are "on sale" in the market.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Financials
    Fri, Mar. 7 AFL, AFSI, BLK 13 Comments

    Summary

    • Even with the market at all time highs, there are still plenty of opportunities available for investors.
    • Previous articles in the series have covered "blue light specials" in the consumer discretionary, consumer staples, and energy sectors of the market.
    • This article will identify prospective stocks in the financials sector that appear to be trading at attractive valuations.
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Energy
    Wed, Feb. 19 ARLP, CVX, ENB 8 Comments
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Consumer Staples
    Tue, Feb. 4 INGR, KO, KR 12 Comments
  • Blue Light Specials In The Market: Consumer Discretionary
    Sun, Jan. 26 COH, GME, GPS 12 Comments
  • 401(k) Reconstructed: 2013 Recap
    Wed, Jan. 15 DLR, MMM, VVC 39 Comments
  • 401(k) Reconstructed - 2013 Third Quarter Review
    Oct. 15, 2013 RGR, DE, THO 34 Comments
  • Prospecting The Future Dividend Challengers
    Aug. 5, 2013 BLK, DPS, ETN 2 Comments
  • Catalysts Abound For Green Plains Renewable Energy
    Jul. 25, 2013 GPRE 5 Comments
  • Chowder Rule Breakdown - High Growth Vs. High Yield In Your Portfolio
    Jul. 12, 2013 APD, COP, DE 83 Comments
  • 401k Reconstructed: 2013 Second Quarter Review
    Jul. 1, 2013 CBRL, DLR, FLO 27 Comments
  • Dividend Stocks On Sale As The Market Hits New Highs
    May. 9, 2013 AAPL, HLF, CHRW 13 Comments
  • Gambling For Income: Gaming Sector Breakdown For Dividend Investors
    Apr. 23, 2013 CHDN, LVS, WYNN 6 Comments
  • 401k Reconstructed: My Transformation From Mutual Funds To Dividend Growth Investing
    Apr. 5, 2013 WYNN, UNP, RAVN 82 Comments
  • 10 Over-Achieving Dividend Contenders
    Mar. 28, 2013 ARG, CBRL, CHD 8 Comments
  • 14 Dividend 'Champions Of Champions'
    Mar. 25, 2013 BDX, FDO, GWW 21 Comments
  • 4 Discount Retailers With Shrinking Share Counts And Growing Dividends
    Mar. 14, 2013 WMT, TJX, FDO 5 Comments
  • DRIP Or Rebalance? 25-Year Portfolio Analysis To Answer The Question
    Mar. 10, 2013 AFL, CLX, MCD 67 Comments
  • Eagle Materials: Housing + Energy = Growing Profits
    Mar. 4, 2013 EXP 9 Comments