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  • Why Berkshire Hathaway Shouldn't Pay A Dividend: A Long Look Back At Berkshire
    Editors' Pick • Fri, Nov. 21 BRK.B 52 Comments

    Summary

    • I begin to explain in part one of this series, why, even as a dividend growth investor, I am happy to hold shares of Berkshire and believe the company shouldn't pay a dividend.
    • This article goes step by step, year by year, through Berkshire's annual shareholder letters, looking specifically for information relevant to the company's dividend (or the lack there of).
    • I highlight the major reasons why it seems as though Berkshire Hathaway doesn't pay its shareholders a dividend.
    • I set the stage for the next part of this project, where I will examine whether or not several of Berkshire's recent capital allocation moves have effectively met the criteria Buffett claims as a goal, is currently underway.
  • Does Berkshire's Duracell Deal Mean That Buffett Thinks P&G Is Overvalued?
    Editors' Pick • Fri, Nov. 14 PG, BRK.B 58 Comments

    Summary

    • I explain why, in my opinion, the swap of Procter & Gamble shares for Duracell points towards overvaluation.
    • I examine PG's fundamentals and dividend sustainability.
    • Don't fret - I still believe in PG over the long haul, but I do expect things to be a bit rough for the company until it finds growth.
  • Why I Like General Motors At Today's Undervalued Price
    Thu, Nov. 13 GM 31 Comments

    Summary

    • GM is not your mom and pop's car company any longer.
    • The "new" General Motors seems to have succeeded in streamlining its business, and is putting out a much more quality product.
    • I invest in this company as a speculative dividend growth bet, due to perceived limited downside after the recent sell-off.
  • Why I Haven't Sold My ARCP Shares... Yet
    Thu, Nov. 6 ARCP 74 Comments

    Summary

    • I outline much of the recent drama associated with the stock and its publicized accounting issues.
    • I examine the sustainability of ARCP's dividend and the value of the stock post sell-off.
    • I discuss the different possibilities that I have for the shares of ARCP that I own and lay out the reasoning behind my current decision to hold rather than sell.
  • My S.W.A.N. Manifesto
    Mon, Nov. 3 AFL, BP, CB 33 Comments

    Summary

    • I discuss the psychology of my investment strategy which helps me to sleep well at night throughout market volatility.
    • A dividend growth philosophy broken down, step by step, from stock selection to retirement strategy.
    • DGI's greatest gift: Peace of mind, financial freedom, and ultimately, free time. What will you do with yours?
  • 14 Undervalued Investment Ideas After Recent Market Volatility
    Tue, Oct. 14 AAPL, BLK, BP 26 Comments

    Summary

    • "Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful" - doing my best to live up to one of my favorite Buffett quotes.
    • My psychology of slowly scaling into a volatile market explained.
    • I talk about my favorite investment ideas in the market right now - wonderful dividend-paying companies across a wide variety of industries and markets.
  • Let Cummins Inc. Power Your Dividend Growth After Recent Pullback
    Thu, Oct. 9 CMI 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Cummins has pulled back nearly 20% since recent 52-week high.
    • The company offers conservative dividend growth potential.
    • CMI has positioned itself well for future growth with natural gas and international focus.
  • DGI: Should You Focus More On Share Count Growth Rather Than Share Price Volatility?
    Fri, Sep. 19 BP, KO, O 60 Comments

    Summary

    • I examine fear from the investor's perspective, and how to cope with it.
    • The wonder of compounding through re-investment revealed.
    • In troubling times, simplification can help to put the mind at ease.
  • DGI For Dummies: Managing Your Dividend Growth Portfolio
    Editors' Pick • Fri, Sep. 5 AAPL, BRK.B, CL 242 Comments

    Summary

    • I explain why I've chosen to become a dividend growth investor.
    • Key thinking points of DGI explained.
    • Results analyzed to confirm my DGI decision.
  • Let Coca-Cola Energize Your Dividend Portfolio With Its Stake In Monster
    Fri, Aug. 15 KO 19 Comments

    Summary

    • After the bell this afternoon Coke announced it had taken a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage.
    • This move gives Coke an avenue of growth that it sorely needed.
    • Coke doubles down on its recent successes within the 'alternative' beverage segment.
    • M&A growth should help KO maintain its dividend growth into the future.
  • Why, Even At An All-Time High, Disney Is A Buy
    Thu, Aug. 14 DIS 28 Comments

    Summary

    • I explain the rationale behind my latest purchase of Disney shares.
    • Major upcoming catalysts: the Marvel Universe, the SEC network and the potential privatization of NCAA athletics, and Star Wars.
    • Disney's dividend history examined.
  • Why I Bought Walgreen On This 15% Alliance Boots Pullback
    Thu, Aug. 7 WAG 43 Comments

    Summary

    • Walgreens announced the completion of its Alliance Boots merger Wednesday.
    • Management surprised the market, saying that they were not going ahead with suspected inversion plans.
    • I believe the market overreacted to this news, giving investors an opportunity to buy shares of a great company at a discounted price.
  • What I Bought Over The Last 4 Months, And Why I Bought It
    Wed, Jul. 30 AAPL, AMGN, CBI 129 Comments

    Summary

    • An overview of the purchases I've made since 4/1/14.
    • The results are in: these moves represent a 1.30% beat over the S&P over the same time frame.
    • A strategic look at the reasoning behind recent purchases.
  • Stress Free Portfolio: Q1 2014 Results
    Fri, Apr. 4 BA, BRK.B, CAT 35 Comments

    Summary

    • The Stress Free Portfolio achieved a 3.56% Alpha, posting a 4.86% quarterly increase.
    • This is me, documenting my journey in portfolio management towards financial independence via a DGI/value based strategy.
    • An overview of quarterly regrets and lessons learned.
  • Dividend Growth Investing: Why I Don't Own Index Funds
    Tue, Apr. 1 BRK.B, CL, DPS 120 Comments

    Summary

    • I examine the historical performance of my individual DGI holdings against the S&P 500.
    • I address several of the common concerns that those who disagree with owning individual companies have brought up to me.
    • I've come to the conclusion that if a DGI investor were forced to only own one entity, it would be Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Amgen: Allowing Dividend Growth Investors To Capitalize On The Biotech Sell-Off
    Mon, Mar. 31 AMGN 22 Comments

    Summary

    • In my opinion, Amgen is the only viable option for a conservative income investor looking for large-cap exposure to biotech.
    • Amgen offers investors a 2% yield with great dividend growth prospects and a low payout ratio.
    • The company is down over 6.5% from its 52-week high on March 21st.
  • Kobe Bryant Talks Dividend Growth Investing
    Wed, Mar. 26 CMG, JNJ, KMB 31 Comments

    Summary

    • Talking about his business future, Kobe Bryant lays down four pillars for dividend growth investing.
    • The importance of patience when it comes to dividend growth investing is analyzed.
    • An investor sets himself up for success when he runs his portfolio like a business.
  • Starbucks: Fueling Future Growth With Addiction
    Fri, Mar. 21 SBUX 15 Comments

    Summary

    • Caffeine reported to be the world's most widely used drug.
    • Starbucks adding to its addictive product portfolio with moves into tea and alcohol.
    • CEO Howard Schultz says that growth is still in its "early stages" - I agree.
  • Why I'm Long Cisco Even After Barclays' Downgrade
    Thu, Mar. 20 CSCO 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Even with the Barclays' downgrade, I still believe Cisco to be undervalued.
    • I believe income seeking investors can find a safe haven with Cisco's 3.5% yield.
    • Cisco's fundamentals are still strong although the company is experiencing negative earnings growth through this transitional period.
  • Ensco: This 6.25%-Yielder Is Oversold With Incredible Fundamentals And Dividend Growth Prospects
    Tue, Mar. 18 ESV 33 Comments

    Summary

    • The recent sell-off of the drillers has left investors with great value available in the market.
    • ESV offers dividend investors the best of both worlds: high yield and growth prospects.
    • ESV is a part of my Stress Free Portfolio and I am strongly considering adding more shares at such depressed prices.
  • The Stress Free Portfolio Project: Introduction
    Fri, Mar. 14 VOO 51 Comments

    Summary

    • Portfolio management doesn't have to be stressful, stay relaxed by formulating a strategy and sticking to it.
    • Use dividend growth to create an ever increasing passive income stream.
    • Learn to sleep well at night as your portfolio grows organically.
  • Patience: The Key To Successful Investing
    May. 25, 2013 CAR, NOK 106 Comments
  • The Top 35 Dividend Champions With Regard To Long-Term Stock Price Appreciation
    May. 19, 2013 BCR, DCI, BDX 21 Comments
  • Ready To Move Your Cash Into This Bull Market? Consider These Dividend Stocks
    May. 16, 2013 COP, CVX, CWT 7 Comments
  • Whole Foods Market Q2 Results: Why I Am So Bullish
    May. 9, 2013 WFM 20 Comments
  • Is Kimberly-Clark's Dividend Safe?
    May. 2, 2013 KMB 14 Comments
  • Looking For Dividend Growth? Try These 8 Regional Banks
    Apr. 29, 2013 BHB, CFNL, FCF 6 Comments
  • Why You Should Buy IBM At These Sale Prices
    Apr. 23, 2013 IBM 12 Comments
  • Dividends: High Yield Vs. Steady Growth Examined
    Apr. 22, 2013 AGNC, KO, MKC 84 Comments
  • The Seeking Alpha Experiment: Portfolio Introduction And 2013 Quarter 1 Review
    Apr. 12, 2013 AAPL, BUD, COH 73 Comments
  • Could An iOS Exclusive iRadio Win The Summer Smartphone War For Apple?
    Apr. 4, 2013 AAPL 65 Comments
  • 5 5% Dividend Stocks That Meet My 'Too Good To Be True' Metrics
    Apr. 3, 2013 CHRM, CXW, GEO 13 Comments