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  • Abbott Labs Is Now A Sell [View article]
    I've held ABT for a couple years and bought all my shares in the $46/47 range. Yes, I'm sitting on a 4.3% YOC. However, I'm also sitting on a capital gain that equals roughly 11 years of the current dividend. At a glance, it also looks like the dividend increases are slowing down slightly.

    I'm not completely convinced that I want to hold both companies after the spin-off. So, I've gradually shrunk my trailing stop on the stock down to 5%. I'll ride it while it's going well, but I'm guessing the sell will execute in the near future.
    Sep 19 06:42 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why AT&T's Dividend Will Have Meager Growth...Unfortunately [View article]
    I tend to agree with being cautious on T. In my case, it represents 10% of my div portfolio and provides almost 12% of my div income. Because my YOC exceeds 6%, I'll be holding it. I'm not too sure I would be buying more at this point though.
    Sep 17 07:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A rule banning large-size sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and eateries gains approval with the Board of Health. Though movie theaters will fall under the new plan limiting sodas to 16 ounces or less, it's anything goes at supermarkets or convenience stores. Beverage companies such as KO, PEP, MNST, COT, DPS aren't expecting to take a significant hit over the NYC ban, but would just as soon the issue keep to the Big Apple. [View news story]
    No real point as far as I can see. Just some buttinskis that think they know better than everyone else, thinking they are saving all the stupid people from themselves.

    Do stop alcoholism and drunk driving and liver disease, we should probably limit bars to a half-shot every half-hour and 6 ounce beers.
    Sep 13 12:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Real 'Better Advice For Seniors' [View article]
    Indeed, I agree. Nice article FP! Love the stuff you write.
    Sep 11 04:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Buying Treasuries Is Not A Rational Investment [View article]
    Charles:
    The expense ration for the ETF's (all below .20%) are low enough to make the return far superior to the money market account. I don't really care what the expenses are on the money market account. Since money market is paying .01%, I don't use it much.
    Sep 11 04:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Buying Treasuries Is Not A Rational Investment [View article]
    The only reason I hold bonds (in the form of ETF's) is as a substitute for cash. The cash account in our Roth accounts pays virtually zero interest (.01%). I figure if I can get 1.5 to 2.0% from a 1-3 year fund, so much the better. The lion's share sits in DGI stocks and will likely stay there.
    Sep 11 01:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Abbott: Buy This Stock And Ride It Higher [View article]
    I've held a ABT for a little over 3 years with a 4.6 yoc and about 12% annual return (plus dividends). I plan to be out of the stock in near future because of my uncertainty and the upcoming spinoff. I have a 5% trailing sell on it. As long as it keeps: going up though, I'll keep holding.
    Sep 11 11:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions Smackdown XXX [View article]
    I agree. I've got a little cash in reserve and for now I'm going to just let incoming dividends languish in cash as well. If a market correction occurs, or interest rates start trending up we should start seeing some better yields.
    Sep 7 10:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Cord-cutting is a real and growing phenomenon, says Verizon (VZ) exec Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, even if some don't think it's a big deal. She adds Verizon's FiOS division, like some rivals, has been "looking at" offering a la carte TV services, which would allow consumers to subscribe to channels individually and doubtlessly make many cord-cutters happy. But this would require an overhaul of Verizon's contracts with TV networks, and the networks seem to prefer the status quo. [View news story]
    I don't know how they could offer al a carte tv without gouging people. Most people I know only watch about 10% of the channels they have available. You can bet their bill wouldn't go down 90%, or Verizon wouldn't make any money.
    Sep 7 07:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions Smackdown XXX [View article]
    Yeah, I got in to WAG at 3.6%, but wish I had been paying closer attention and I could have gotten in for a tiny bit less. I'm still torn on SPLS. They don't have the DG track record that WAG has. I suppose it's cheap enough, but I think they might really get spanked if we drop into another recession or even a serious market correction.
    Sep 7 02:53 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Retire With Dividend Stocks [View article]
    That's great Sean! You must have a substantial chunk of change in your portfolio if you haul in that kind of money. I guess the first challenge for DG investors is to accumulate the money :-)

    I hope to accumulate that kind of money in 10 years (I'll be almost 69 then), but I have serious doubts in that regard. Maybe I guess. A portfolio that throws off 6% would need to be $500k to generate $30K in income. If it throws off 8% however, it only needs to be $375K to hit a $30K income stream. Hmmmm.... think I'm going to shoot for the 8% yield in 10 years. Sounds a lot easier <g>.
    Sep 6 08:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca-Cola: The Correction Has Just Begun [View article]
    I have no clue if KO is heading for a correction or not. I do know that I don't want to buy at current prices. I will start thinking hard about it though if it hits $35.
    Sep 6 11:41 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Retire With Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Agreed RAS. I was the same age when I started DGI. I'm now approaching 60. I still don't receive much income..... just a few grand a year. Since I wasn't smart enough to start this stuff when I was in my 30's, I will have to view DGI as a mere supplement to our pensions, 401K and SS.

    My wife and I have fully funded our Roth accounts for a number of years, and it's all DGI stocks. The hope is that 10 years from now, it will throw off enough money to pay for the occasional lovely vacation and/or cover the costs of getting the damn lawn mowed. (One of my goals in retirement is to get rid of all lawn equipment and hire a service. )

    So yup, I started late but it's way better than never starting.
    Sep 6 09:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Make Me Sell [View article]
    David C:
    Do you have a favorite stock screening tool? I am looking for one that allows detailed dividend screening. The screening tool at my broker's site doesn't offer much in that regard.
    Sep 3 01:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • September Dividend Champions [View article]
    What DVK said. Thanks David.
    Sep 3 12:53 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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