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  • Investments Are An Act Of Love [View instapost]
    Hi Bob,
    You give so much of yourself to all of us.
    I always feel less than equal to the task of trying to express myself with any eloquence... luckily all the nice folks commenting have done so for me. May you find comfort in so many friends and their concern for you.
    John
    Jan 13, 2015. 08:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    Bob,
    I can't begin to say how much I appreciate the help your articles and the comments have given.
    My mistakes have been painful and I'm still working on recognizing what exactly the lessons to be learned were in each case. Possibly the coin I was flipping was flawed..?
    Right now I'm concentrating on boiling down so much good advice into a working plan I fully uderstand and then applying it to pruning the "stinkers" as well as adding some new positions (or growing current ones).
    I surely appreciate the time all of you folks take to help others.
    jfc
    Feb 7, 2013. 03:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    Ck,
    Thanks for your help.
    At this very moment I am trying to get the feeling back in my mouse hand (lots of scrolling and clicking)... I tried using the mouse with my other hand and kept losing the cursor and accidentally clicking for no reason.
    I have been reading articles by nearly all the folks you mention for several hours... I ordered some books from Amazon on dividend investing... and my desk is buried in notes... oh yeah, I used up all the black ink in my printer.
    Seriously, I finally feel like a path and a plan are within sight.
    Thank you again,
    jfc
    Feb 7, 2013. 07:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    SmartyP,
    Thanks for your encouragement and advice... being patient is an area I must work on constantly. Also need to work on my organizational skills. I'm putting together some folders to keep my "in progress" research on stock pick candidates and also a list of "to do" stocks that survive the research.
    jfc
    Feb 6, 2013. 04:12 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    Chowder,
    The links to your articles were very helpful... lots to absorb and put into practice. Your writing style is much appreciated in that it's clearly stated and contains solid "to the point" advice.
    Being "too attached" to certain stocks has been a problem in the case of some of the stocks I inherited from my dad. I'm getting started on taking a hard look at each stock and developing a list of core "keepers" and also trying to work out the process for selling the stocks that don't make the "keepers" list. Then, the fun begins looking for new additions...
    The sweat will be running during the next few days and weeks but it sure beats the previous frustration at myself for not getting out of "park".
    Thanks again,
    jfc
    Feb 6, 2013. 04:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    jacase,
    Your advice is well taken... patience will be a major issue for me and one I see discussed over and over in the commentary following Bob's articles. Hopefully if I can work on the patience... the common sense will improve too. It seems there are many "fundamentals" that experience shows are common to good investing... but each investor seems to have a slightly different/personalized way in using those fundamentals. I am patiently excited to develop a plan and then start putting the puzzle pieces together. Thanks, jfc
    Feb 6, 2013. 04:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    Blue,
    I have really experienced the "knee jerk reaction" first hand... in every case I was immediately anxious about the stock purchase and that anxiety is still present on most of those stocks. My original bad decisions just added more anxiety over time while trying to figure out how to "undo" it all and start over. Not sure what I was thinking at first... but later I felt like I usually do when I try to put something together without reading the instructions first. I'd end up having to take things apart and start over... jeez.
    Anyway, it may take me a while to get up to speed. Thanks again, jfc
    Feb 6, 2013. 04:07 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    dn, thank you... I'm overwhelmed by all the kind help from all of you. I'm checking Amazon today.
    Feb 5, 2013. 04:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    Bob,
    Thank you for what you do with your articles... they educate and bring good, smart people together. The jungle ain't as deep and dark as it was yesterday... I think I see a path. Thanks again.
    Feb 5, 2013. 04:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    Mike,
    Thank you for your kind response. Your advice is just what I was hoping for. The investments my dad made over his lifetime landed in my lap and I was unprepared for the financial responsibility of it all... never having had that much money before. At first I felt like I "should do something" and I bought some stocks without much thought and no plan. I'm still a bit "gun shy" about it all but reading Bob's articles and all the comments you and so many others have made provide me with some clarity and direction. Thanks again.
    Feb 5, 2013. 04:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investors: You Got To Do The Work [View article]
    Bob,

    I'm in my early 60's and don't currently need dividend income to live... that may change in the next 5+ years.

    I don't have enough disposable income to make fresh contributions so I am trying to preserve and grow what I have... especially after some noteworthy poor choice/poorly timed/no plan purchases over the last 2 years.

    I'm hoping to build a conservative leaning/diversified DGI portfolio out of a taxable portfolio that I inherited from my hard working dad in early 2011.

    The stocks I have added to the portfolio were done based on a limited understanding-no plan basis, jeez, I have no ego left... (CMI, F, FCX, NYCB, HAS, AAPL, MSFT). Some of these purchases are in the green but more due to luck than my decision making.

    Most, but not all, of my dad's original stock purchases were dividend paying large caps, some of which, I would like to keep and add to over time (CAT, CVX, CMI, MCD, PG, T, GE, PEP, FE, APA, EXC, RTN, GLW).

    I believe the portfolio, about 440k with 40% in cash, is in need of diversification and pruning.

    Your articles and the folks commenting make such good sense... but I am stuck in the mud trying to figure out what to start with in the process.

    A shove/boot in the right direction would be appreciated... in any event thanks for your educational articles.
    Feb 3, 2013. 05:33 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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