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  • The Day I Sold Everything  [View article]
    It sounds like you climbed-up too high on the wall of worry. One tool that investors usually have is the ability to make abrupt changes like this. It's usually an over-reaction or a missed dosage of medication. In any case, it should alert readers to the fact that they need a 'quick exit' plan ahead of time - in case you ever want to do a full retreat, you might as well do it wisely.
    Jul 25, 2014. 03:29 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Becoming Financially Independent With PepsiCo Dividends  [View article]
    I like to make sure I have some dry powder when a stock goes on sale, so I also try to keep my retirement portfolio at 50% stocks, 50% cash. My dividends are just enough to pay bills, so I'm crossing my fingers too. I have experienced some dividend cuts in the past, which is a reminder that true financial independence is not quite a 'sure thing' in a non-binding investment.
    Jul 23, 2014. 06:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Which Of The 8 Best-Yielding Chemical Companies Is Most Attractive To Dividend Investors?  [View article]
    Thank you for the valuable information in your article. Investors need articles like this to spark research into potential investments. It's true that you did NOT correctly figure the ODC dividend - it's actually a 2.64% yield without the previous special dividend - but it is a VERY good stock to hold for the long-haul if you are a dividend seeker. I'm guessing that you based your bogus dividend yield of 5.28% on data from FINVIZ. Shallow dividend data integrity is a characteristic of FINVIZ. I use FINVIZ everyday, but only as a convenient source of data, NOT as a reliable source.
    Apr 15, 2013. 02:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Small Telcos And Their Dividends: Part 2  [View article]
    Thanks for the excellent article. I believe it is essential for dividend investors to keep several small holdings in the very small cap telecoms and/or utilities. HTCO passed many of my filters - dividend growth of >3% and 5 consecutive years of dividend increases. But I'm loading-up on ALTV because of the 'fresh-start' attitude of the qualified and motivated management; it pays a higher dividend rate; and the RSI is under 30.
    Mar 19, 2013. 07:01 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Top 10 MoPay Dividend Dogs Tracked July To January  [View article]
    Thanks for the very useful update. I replaced my Atlantic Power (AT) holdings with shares of another MoPay'er [Javelin Mortgage (JMI)] in hopes of making-up for lost ground.
    Mar 11, 2013. 09:24 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 6 Stocks To Accumulate For A High-Yield Stable Portfolio  [View article]
    Great article - thanks for the info. I agree that Pitney Bowes should be a part of a 'long-term hold' dividend portfolio. PBI has paid a dividend for 70 consecutive years, and has raised it in each of the last 31 years. I'm accumulating this stock at today's bargain prices ($13-ish) for a dividend yield of 11.5%. I expect that the new management will evaluate the current size of the dividend and, hopefully, continue raising it every year - this will allow them to continue wearing the 'dividend champion' and 'dividend achiever' badges.
    Feb 26, 2013. 05:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Atlantic Power: A Clean 10% Yield To Charge Your Portfolio Monthly  [View article]
    Thanks for the perspective Clayton. I'm long AT and buying more on the dip. I believe AT is a Canadian stock - it may matter to some investors that are concerned with international tax withholding.
    Feb 22, 2013. 08:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Two Harbors Is Likely To Cut Its 2013 Dividend  [View article]
    Your article is right on the money. I plan on TWO to pay a steady 11% dividend for the next couple of years. That comes out to a quarterly dividend of 34-cents at today's price of $12.50. I also expect the share price to be $14.00 in a couple of years - a nice 12% capital gain. So, $1,000 invested today could be $1,340 in 2 years , with dividend - that's a 34% overall return in 2 years time ((16% A.P.R.)).
    Feb 19, 2013. 04:16 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Too Many Oil Bargains: Which Is The Best Bet For Now? - Part 5  [View article]
    Thanks for the series of articles. I'm accumulating ERF as a long term holding. The upside potential is very good for this high-yielding (8.4%) dividend stock - the best of both worlds for long term holders interested in monthly income.
    Feb 17, 2013. 02:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Oil And Gas Industry Names For Strong Dividends  [View article]
    That's exactly why ERF is such a good buy now - an 8.4% dividend, a short term upside of 20%, and a steady monthly dividend. I'm currently loading-up on ERF as a long term holding, and not reinvesting the dividends.
    Feb 17, 2013. 02:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 8 Best Dividends On September 14, 2012  [View article]
    What a difference a few months make. It's February now. Warwick Valley Telephone (WWVY) has changed it's ticker to WVT and changed the exchange it is listed on and has now changed it again to ALTV and changed it's name to Alteva. It's a bad sign when the board of directors loses focus and starts doing unpredictable and meaningless things.
    Feb 10, 2013. 09:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why We Like The Most Hated But Cleanest Utility Stock, Exelon  [View article]
    News flash: EXC cuts it's dividend by 40%. Looks like you were on the wrong side of this stock pick. Of course, I'm a dividend investor and the dividend is my biggest concern. There are still good reasons to buy or own ESC.
    Feb 9, 2013. 08:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Atlantic Power For A 10% Yield, Paid Monthly  [View article]
    I wasn't aware that AT "is forced to curtail the divvy" - in fact, I expect that you are making that up. But the first part of your comment is worth a reply. A 10% dividend is an excellent, immediate return from investment. For long term holders, it doesn't matter what the stock price does - it only matters on the days that you purchase or sell the stock.
    Feb 3, 2013. 01:33 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2012 Core Dividend Growth Portfolio Results: Rethinking Strategy For 2013  [View article]
    Well done Bob. My strategy is very similar. I sprinkle in a few very small cap high yielders for excitement (STB, WVT and HTCO) and some low yielding industrials (like Deere & Co.). Do you reinvest dividends? I always take mine in cash.
    Jan 29, 2013. 06:39 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Housing Recovery Investment, And A 15% Dividend Yield Opportunity  [View article]
    It will be very interesting to see how this business model works out for Silver Bay. I bought a bunch of it at $18.80. I expect a nice capital gain going forward, but I don't expect more than a 6% dividend. So far as Two Harbors goes, you seem to have included the special dividend in your expected return of 15%. I have a bunch of this mREIT too, but I only expect a 12% dividend return because I realize the special dividend is a one-shot payment. It's a shame that so many investors are missing-out on the mREIT windfall just because they feel it will end soon - I say 'make hay while the sun shines, and be ready to pull-out when things go south.
    Jan 29, 2013. 01:15 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment