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  • Retirement Strategy: Sorry Warren, But You're A Cheapskate
    Thu, May. 15 BRK.A, BRK.B 344 Comments

    Summary

    • The "Oracle of Omaha" is obviously one hell of an investor, hands down the best ever.
    • Berkshire Hathaway was an incredible stock to own at one time.
    • Everyone loves you Warren, but your stock is not for dividend seeking income investors.
  • Retirement Strategy: Dividends Are Passive Income Generators For Retirement
    Tue, May. 13 AAPL, CVX, F 56 Comments

    Summary

    • A portfolio of mega cap blue chip dividend payers are passive income producers for retirement.
    • Once an investor is retired, where will the money come from to pay expenses?
    • Growing income and reducing expenses are the keys to a secure financial future.
  • Bank Of America: There Will Be A Time To Own Shares, But Not Now
    Mon, May. 12 BAC 68 Comments

    Summary

    • The recent plethora of issues has led to some analysts to either cut future earnings estimates for BAC or adjust its outlook in key business segments.
    • The conference call left some with a chilly feeling.
    • Investment banking will not carry them to the next level.
  • A Buying Opportunity Might Present Itself For Annaly
    Thu, May. 8 NLY 49 Comments

    Summary

    • The earnings miss on both revenue and earnings might have been disappointing, but is it a reason to run and hide?
    • This is a dividend opportunity stock and requires more monitoring than dividend champion stocks.
    • Watch the price movement today, and you might find an opportunity to open a position or add to one.
  • Retirement Strategy: Did You Buy The Last Dip? You Should Have, But There Will Be Others
    Wed, May. 7 AAPL, AMZN, CVX 81 Comments

    Summary

    • The last "dip" was short lived but offered opportunities.
    • The creation of the BTDP stemmed from our continued opinion to buy the dips for increased income for retirement.
    • There will be other dips to take advantage of so have your shopping list ready.
  • Apple: I Absolutely, Positively, Disagree With Ugly Duckling, I Think, Maybe
    Tue, May. 6 AAPL 89 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple has become one of the most significant dividend-paying stocks on the planet.
    • Building shareholder value with dividends and legacy product growth places this company in a rare breed of growth and value stocks that can be counted upon to deliver both.
    • Yes, we should not sell this stock.
  • Retirement Strategy: ETF Portfolio Versus The Stock Only Portfolio, A Glaring Update
    Thu, May. 1 AAPL, CVX, DLN 124 Comments

    Summary

    • This ETF only portfolio is for the passive investor who wants to have a wide assortment of dividend champion stocks.
    • Our stock only portfolio is our "Buy The Dips Portfolio" or BTDP for investors who will actively manage their holdings.
    • Our second update already shows how managing a portfolio of stocks only far outperforms a great selection of ETFs that invest in the same stocks.
  • Retirement Strategy: If You Are Just Beginning A Retirement Portfolio, These 3 Stocks Must Be Owned Right Now
    Wed, Apr. 30 JNJ, KO, XOM 69 Comments

    Summary

    • The essence of a retirement portfolio is to create a steady stream of income that can be relied upon.
    • Dividend investors should anchor their portfolios with the best stocks on the planet.
    • Dividend growth every year will afford the investor an opportunity to keep up with inflation.
  • More Problems For Bank Of America And Its Shareholders
    Mon, Apr. 28 BAC 108 Comments

    Summary

    • The dividend increase, and share buyback plans are in trouble now.
    • The potential Department of Justice settlement could far exceed $13 billion, and has not been settled.
    • Future potential litigation issues remain a worrisome headwind.
  • Every Dividend Income Investor Should Own Apple Now
    Sun, Apr. 27 AAPL 170 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple just announced another dividend increase on the road to becoming a dividend champion one day.
    • The 7:1 split that will happen in June puts the stock on more radars simply by virtue of a lower share price.
    • The company is the greatest tech company on the planet.
  • Retirement Strategy: When Should We Sell Shares?
    Thu, Apr. 24 JNJ, XOM, T 86 Comments

    Summary

    • Many dividend investors struggle with selling stock more than with buying stock.
    • For dividend investors, selling shares means less income, so a balance needs to be made.
    • It is NEVER wrong to take a profit, but when and why are the questions.
  • Retirement Strategy: Adding A BDC For An Improving Economy And More Income For Retirees
    Wed, Apr. 23 MAIN 31 Comments

    Summary

    • A business development company does well in a better economy.
    • The higher yields offer a dividend income opportunity for retirement.
    • This sector comes with higher risks and need to be monitored as the economy moves ahead.
  • Retirement Strategy: Adding A Dividend Opportunity Stock That's Undervalued With A High Yield
    Tue, Apr. 22 NLY 49 Comments

    Summary

    • Active portfolio managers will take advantage of dividend opportunity stocks to enhance income and yields.
    • While adding a high yielding stock could pay us more income they require more attention.
    • Retirement income needs to continue to grow and owning shares of a high yielder from time to time helps that goal.
  • Retirement Strategy: Doing Nothing Is A Strategy For Dividend Income Investors
    Fri, Apr. 18 AAPL, CVX, F 93 Comments

    Summary

    • A portfolio such as the BTDP is set and producing income while we wait for opportunities.
    • The market looks like it is correcting, then it doesn't.
    • Dividend paying stocks pay you to hold on in times of market uncertainty.
  • Bank Of America Is Not A Solid Investment For New Money, And Litigations Continue
    Wed, Apr. 16 BAC 57 Comments

    Summary

    • Bank of America had a decent earnings report, but litigation costs keep going higher.
    • The yield curve is flattening and profits for BAC will become more difficult.
    • The US Justice Department is still probing Merrill Lynch, until a settlement can be reached.
  • Retirement Strategy: Is Now The Time To Buy The Dips?
    Mon, Apr. 14 AAPL, CVX, F 35 Comments

    Summary

    • Buy the dips, add to the core, but at what price?
    • Over the long term, will $.25 per share be that important to save right now?
    • The sooner you put your money to work, the sooner you will begin receiving income.
  • Retirement Strategy: Is Boring Becoming Bubbly?
    Fri, Apr. 11 T, XOM, JNJ 32 Comments

    Summary

    • As the hot stocks wither, the boring stocks have become even more beautiful.
    • The markets indices have gotten walloped but the dividend champs have become the new "safer haven".
    • Investors are awakening to the magic of dividend growth investing for income, as well as capital appreciation.
  • Retirement Strategy: Want To Own A Bank Stock For Income? Wells Fargo Will Pay You Nicely
    Wed, Apr. 9 WFC 21 Comments

    Summary

    • Wells Fargo is increasing its dividend by 12%.
    • The share price has been strong, plus the bank has strung together an impressive collection of dividend increases at the same time.
    • Why own a bank stock that pays shareholders less, and has many more issues?
  • Bank Of America Still Does Not Cut The Mustard
    Tue, Apr. 8 BAC 67 Comments

    Summary

    • The bank was approved to increase its dividend but it is still a puny amount.
    • Interest rates are not skyrocketing as predicted as the Fed began tapering QE.
    • Mortgage applications have dropped and so has lending, the life blood of bank revenues and earnings.
  • Retirement Strategy: The Active Manager Takes Action, While The Passive Manager Remains Passive
    Sun, Apr. 6 MO 51 Comments

    Summary

    • The goal is to outperform the passive approach, or ETF investments, by taking actions that will grow the portfolio.
    • Active managers will take actions that are in line with their goals, while the passive approach lets the ETF do it for them.
    • Our first move in the BTDP should come as no surprise, but makes complete sense.
  • What's Next For Annaly? I Think A Dividend Hike
    Thu, Apr. 3 NLY 40 Comments

    Summary

    • Annaly has recently maintained it's dividend payment, the bleeding has stopped.
    • The longer term interest rate environment has become stable and has not shot up too fast as feared.
    • The yield curve has widened which should translate into higher profits for Annaly.
  • Retirement Strategy: ETF Portfolio Versus The Stock Only Portfolio; Our First Update
    Tue, Apr. 1 VYM, SDY, DLN 67 Comments

    Summary

    • Will the passive ETF only approach outperform a dividend stock portfolio?
    • Our first update has a few surprises.
    • Income is what matters first and foremost, then total value in this challenge.
  • 2 Small Caps That Could Be On The Move Today
    Mon, Mar. 31 APPY, AMBA 28 Comments

    Summary

    • I wrote about both of these stocks well before they increased in price.
    • In the case of Venaxis, I interviewed the CEO and the article was awarded an "outstanding contribution" feature.
    • With good news today, perhaps the stocks will begin my anticipated rise in value.
  • Ultra-Low-Risk Retirement Strategy For Folks Who've Saved $1 Million
    Fri, Mar. 28 AAPL, CVX, F 308 Comments

    Summary

    • You did it. You saved $1 million over a solid career but can't handle any risk anymore.
    • There is a way to retire without having to worry about money.
    • An ultra-low-risk strategy for regular folks who have worked hard and saved.
  • Retirement Strategy: Short The S&P 500? Are You Crazy?!
    Tue, Mar. 25 AAPL, CVX, F 52 Comments

    Summary

    • Folks investing for retirement should block out the doom and gloom noise and focus on the income.
    • Every time the market dips, the crazies come out and suggest to short the market.
    • Believe it or not, the major indices have not gone parabolic in this bull market.
  • Retirement Strategy: The ETF-Only Portfolio Versus Buy-The-Dips Portfolio, Game On!
    Fri, Mar. 21 AAPL, CVX, DLN 55 Comments

    Summary

    • I am not sure how scientific this will be, but at least we can all get in the game together.
    • ETFs will be passively managed and stocks will be actively managed.
    • There is something for everyone in the world of investing.
  • Annaly: Buying The Dips Before The Company Announces The Next Dividend
    Thu, Mar. 20 NLY 56 Comments

    Summary

    • Interest rates have been moving up slowly, not quickly.
    • The yield curve spread has widened.
    • A buying opportunity could unfold.
  • Galena: Setting The Record Straight
    Tue, Mar. 18 GALE 396 Comments

    Summary

    • I feel the need to respond to the Galena articles that have been recently published.
    • I will not be the judge and jury of any issue or individual.
    • In the end, it hopefully will be about the potential of a life saving drug.
  • The Dixie Group Is A Strong Buy For Growth Investors
    Mon, Mar. 17 DXYN 2 Comments

    Summary

    • The carpet business is tied directly to the healing housing market and has strong upside potential.
    • The Dixie Group (DXYN) has focused mainly in the residential replacement business with high fashion.
    • The acquisition of Atlas Carpet Mills makes DXYN a solid player in the high end commercial carpet business.
    • The could be as much as a 40% upside in share prices over the next 12-18 months.
  • Rich And Retired? It Is ALL About Capital Preservation, Folks!
    Sun, Mar. 16 AAPL, CVX, DLN 104 Comments

    Summary

    • In the rather exclusive world of the very wealthy, there is no need to take risks.
    • If you live within your "well-off means," retirement could be wonderful.
    • For the rest of your money, invest in dividend paying blue chip stocks.
  • Retirement Strategy: Can A Portfolio Of ETFs Outperform A Portfolio Of Individual Stocks?
    Wed, Mar. 12 DLN, SCHD, SDY 140 Comments

    Summary

    • ETFs have become popular with passive investors hoping for a more secure retirement.
    • ETFs can offer income, but is it enough?
    • A portfolio of ETFs for retirement might be the best way to invest. Really? Let's see how it stacks up against dividend paying blue chip stocks.
  • Worried About Exxon Mobil? Are You Kidding Me?
    Sat, Mar. 8 XOM 186 Comments

    Summary

    • Exxon Mobil is one of the largest public companies on the planet, with massive resources.
    • The company is a dividend champion of 32 years and counting.
    • Thinking about selling this stock? Don't! Think about buying it!