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  • Deposits over €100K at the Bank of Cyprus will be taxed at 62.5%, sources tell Reuters. The figure is far greater than officials originally indicated. Customers will get 37.5% of their deposits over the €100K threshold in bank shares while the remainder of their cash "may never be paid back."  [View news story]
    Among the people I know In Germany as well as in California I'm one of the few unconditionally endorsing free market economy and loathing most kinds of government intervention. I am also one of the few being kinda successful in both career and investing. Next time better think before you write such stupid nonsense!
    Mar 31, 2013. 03:01 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Deposits over €100K at the Bank of Cyprus will be taxed at 62.5%, sources tell Reuters. The figure is far greater than officials originally indicated. Customers will get 37.5% of their deposits over the €100K threshold in bank shares while the remainder of their cash "may never be paid back."  [View news story]
    Did you ever live in Germany? I did until 2 years ago! This is one of the few countries which actually contribute to the European economy. Most of the countries just draw benefits without contributing anything to it! I'm glad that Cyprus has crushed. Their economy was almost entirely relying in being a tax heaven while the hard working people of Germany/France/Holland etc. were taxed to death. The whole thing is bad for the ordinary people but since deposits < €100,000 are not affected, I couldn't care less about the taxation of the rich guys. And honestly, who's holding such amounts in a bank account anyway? This money would better be invested, oh, wait, did I mention the only reason was to shelter it from taxation?
    Mar 30, 2013. 01:49 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Quasi-DGI Portfolio Vs. S&P 500 Portfolio: The Beginning [View article]
    Though I agree that this experiment could be quite interesting, the selection of the comparing stocks seems sorta arbitrary. AAPL and LNCO are not even members of David Fish's CCC lists (, which I believe many dedicated DG investors would use as the source for researching stocks. For me personally, except for AFL which I do own, none of the other companies even come up on the radar when searching for new investments.
    Mar 10, 2013. 01:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Aflac: Never Ducking On Dividends [View article]
    Started buying AFL last May. Up 17.5% so far and dividends reinvested. Did they finish re-balancing their European investment assets by now?
    Feb 10, 2013. 09:50 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing In The Stone Age [View article]
    Good you're back to the writing desk Eli! You would think that people have learned over the decades that they tend to buy high and sell low. Even with the massive amount of education available on this topic, the average investor apparently still doesn't seem to understand that buying and selling altogether is not the same as investing.
    Jan 14, 2013. 11:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Corporate America Can't Do Stock Buybacks Right [View article]
    I consider myself still a newbie DGI. Now thanks to your article I have some broader background on what exactly the share buyback programs mean and why I should be wary of companies conducting them senselessly. BTW: the correct Spanish word is "cojones" and not "cajones". I don't think that companies got "drawers" ;-)
    Dec 15, 2012. 04:45 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions For November 2012 [View article]
    Thank you very much David! This new tab with the combined lists makes life a lot easier. Way to go!
    Nov 1, 2012. 04:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • McDonald's: The Advantage Of Maintaining Dividend Growth When Earnings Lag [View article]
    We already own a couple of MCD shares in our retirement account and new funds are just waiting for the markets to reopen to increase our positions in this wonderful company. Thanks to everyone who sold their MCD shares so my wife and I are able to snatch up more stock for a lower price!
    Oct 30, 2012. 07:39 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions Smackdown XXXI [View article]
    I guess I'm one of the few lucky ones on WAG. The first position I opened was for $35.52 in April this year (which I considered a good deal due to my still developing evaluation criteria) but then a few weeks later in June I had more available funds and bought again for $30.60 bringing my cost basis down to $32.89 (ex. commission) and more than doubling my number of shares to collect dividends on.

    Also picked up some MCD shares for $88.53 in July, pretty close to their 52 week low ;-)
    Oct 7, 2012. 12:24 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Battle Of The REIT ETFs: Part II [View article]
    Schwab has just slashed the expenses for all its ETFs. SCHH is now at 0.07%
    Sep 23, 2012. 09:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Periodic Table Of Dividend Contenders [View article]
    Million thanks to both Davids for the article and for the CCC lists! Talking about the mid-caps, my first screening for opening new or increasing existing positions is a scoring system for Champions and Challengers. It includes following figures from David F.'s lists: discount/premium to Graham's intrinsic value, 5yr total growth, 5yr DGR, initial yield, P/E ratio, and payout ratio which all are scored with a specific multiplier (e.g. yield is weighted lighter while p/e and 5yr DGR are weighted heavier). I recently found out that the combined top ten Challengers score a higher total than the combined top 15 of the Champions. Having relied solely on the Champions for my first months as a DGI, I'll now keep my mind closer to the Challengers (just opened positions in RBCAA and TEVA over the last weeks, they are #1 and #3 in my the scoring model).
    Sep 23, 2012. 05:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • You Can't Beat Them, Join Them [View article]
    Old toad said $150 per PAY day, so he/she took away this amount from every per pay-check. It's pretty much the same approach I take too. $400 of each pay-check (we are paid on a bi-weekly basis) are going to the Schwab account and when there's a reasonable amount to justify the $9 commission, a purchase will be made (usually once a month, or earlier if it's a bonus paying month).
    Sep 5, 2012. 01:10 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Deutsche Telekom For 7.5% Dividend Yield And Growth [View article]
    DTAG (as they are known in German for Deutsche Telekom AG) and Vodafone always exchange a certain percentage of their mobile customer base every year. Two year mobile phone contracts are dominating in German with a rather smaller number of prepaid plans. So whenever somebody is "due" for his new contract, he may or may not switch providers. Especially after the market allowed porting of phone numbers a few years ago, it's no hassle to switch anymore. DTAG, Vodafone, (Spanish Telefonica owned) O2, and the (Dutch KPN owned) Eplus are the only network providers with O2 and Eplus only covering the bigger metropolitan areas. So there's little choice in where you take your business to... The land line business of DTAG is strong but has taken perpetual hits since the fall of the monopoly many years ago.
    Sep 3, 2012. 11:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • You Can't Beat Them, Join Them [View article]
    "I can't wait for the next recession or market crash so I can pick up some of these gems on the cheap!!"

    This is funny, isn't it? Everybody out there seems to be hastily selling off their stocks when the talking heads on TV make their statements of another economy downturn. These folks here on SA and other places are waiting for that to happen. I'm so glad I finally found some folks who are able to look beyond their own nose. Seems to be a rare thing in America.
    Sep 3, 2012. 03:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • You Can't Beat Them, Join Them [View article]
    Very nice and enjoyable article Eli! This is a refreshing perspective of the regular "why are dividends so great" tenor. I started investing in DG stocks just a few months ago. My total payout will most likely be a little over $100 for 2012. The goal of growing this to $40-50k p.a. over the next 30 years is scary and challenging at the same time. Until then I'll unfortunately have to pay for toothpaste, hamburgers, and gasoline because I can't use the dividend proceeds to pay for these items... Long MCD, PEP, CLX among others.
    Sep 1, 2012. 02:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment