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  • Is It Time For Fixed Income In Retirement Accounts? [View article]
    We have a small piece of our portfolios in a corporate bond ETF holding < 5 year bonds. That's about as risky as I want to get right now in that rates can hardly go lower. Like the author, I favor dividend stocks. We are heavy on these. As a next step, I'm about to undertake the study of preferred stocks as a slight diversification measure. Five Plus Investor got me thinking about those (thanks for the idea).
    Mar 22 09:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Portfolio For Do It Yourselfers: A Winning Combination Of DG Stocks [View article]
    Nicely done Dave. Great series of articles on the topic of div investing. Every time I read one of these, I get more enthused about our dividend holdings but still can't find many that I want to put new money into right now. Someday, someday.

    For now, I'm going to try to get my DW to study your articles. She is not very interested in investing and leaves it to me. This might get her attention :-)
    Mar 20 12:24 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Colgate Palmolive Dividend Boost Likely Won't Be The Last [View article]
    Can't bring myself to buy this stock at current prices. The div increases aren't high enough to buy in at less than 3% yield.
    Mar 19 05:35 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why, At 29, I'm Sticking With Dividends [View article]
    Don't feel bad Rasanders:
    I've been putting money into a 401K for decades but have only become truly aware of the charm (so to speak) of div stocks in recent years, and I'm in my late fifties. I was raised in an environment that had little concept of investing (dang it) so it took me a while to figure it out. :-)

    So, div stocks will provide a little extra juice to our financial picture in retirement but it sure would have been nice had I started in my twenties.

    Nice work Pey. I suspect you will be pleased when you reach retirement age.
    Mar 16 10:29 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Avoid Apple Just Because You Are Afraid Of Losing Money [View article]
    Yes, Apple stock has gone crazy and no matter how expensive it gets, it's always "cheap". I'm a dividend investor so Apple won't make in on my radar screen. Yup, I'm one of those that believes Apple would dive soon after I bought it. I think a financial crisis of any reasonable proportion will bring it down fast. Considering the state of the world economy, stocks like Apple make me jumpy.
    Mar 16 09:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pepsi's Management Shuffle, Packaging Redesigns Are Distractions [View article]
    I hold PEP in our portfolios and I still like the stock. However, I agree on the Tropicana carton issue. Personally, I liked the cardboard carton. And you're correct, I know what I want and where it is.... except when they keep changing the carton.
    Mar 15 07:29 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft: The Rally Appears Sustainable [View article]
    For someone like me who is not a trader, it seems that Microsoft has become a company that needs to be viewed as a blue chip dividend paying sort of stock. From that perspective, I can't consider it at less than a 3% yield. If it gets closer to $25 I might start paying attention to it.

    Hard to say what the end result of Windows 8 will be. I have read a lot of mixed reviews.
    Mar 12 09:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Hitting On All Cylinders [View article]
    INTC has had big run as of late. Unfortunately, I don't own it. I want to add it to our dividend portfolio but I'm looking to buy in the $23 range. It's at the high end of its more recent P/E range and I'm not confident enough to buy it at current prices. Waiting may be yet another mistake on my part, but time will tell.
    Mar 11 12:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Frontier Communications - It's All About The Revenue [View article]
    I agree CN. I have been in that "wait for it to recover" mindset many times. I try to evaluate each stock holding on the basis of whether or not I would want to buy it based on its current situation. To this day, I still catch myself wanting to hold losing stocks that I really should not hold. I have improved on my willingness to sell a bad stock without regard to what I paid for it. Trying to learn to be a little more cold-blooded in that regard.
    Mar 10 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Frontier Communications - It's All About The Revenue [View article]
    I recently bought a smallish chunk of FTR for our portfolio. I bought after the dividend cut, at a 8.9% YOC. Hoping it will remain stable for a while. I can be happy with that kind of yield. Still, the purchase is relegated to the higher risk portion of our investments, so I won't likely buy much more.
    Mar 9 02:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lock In Sysco Corp's High Yield Before It's Too Late [View article]
    I bought some SYY a few months back at just under $26 and now have a YOC which is a bit over 4%. It seems that the div growth rate is slowing pretty significantly though. With that in mind, I'm going to need at lease a 4% current yield before I buy any more of it.
    Mar 9 12:22 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • GE: Déjà Vu 2003 [View article]
    I bought in late last year @ $15 and now find myself wishing I had bought more. I'm thinking it might be a bit expensive at current prices. I don't think the economy is done being a mess. If I can catch it at a 4% yield, I'll add some more.
    Mar 6 04:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing In Bonds: 3 Steps To Smarter Bond Investing [View article]
    I'm pretty much sticking with Vanguard (VCSH). Low yield, but I want to keep it very short for now. I don't really have the time nor inclination to research and buy individual bonds. It would be way too easy for me to buy a bond that I have no business buying.
    Mar 6 11:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Stocks: 3 To Buy, 2 To Hold [View article]
    I tend to agree with you Norman though I took a slightly different tack. I sold my FTR above $9. Since then I have watched both price and dividend drop 50% or so. My hope is that now that this is out of the way, they will stabilize somewhat though I still view it as a somewhat risky stock.

    In the spirit of allowing a little risk money into our portfolios, I bought back in today at $4.45. If FTR is done cutting the dividend, I'll be quite content to receive a yield that is over 8%. Time will tell I suppose. Good luck to us.

    Steve
    Mar 5 12:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • PepsiCo: Why It's Time To Back Up The Truck And Buy The Stock [View article]
    Ah, PEP. Love the stock. Unfortunately, we have too much of it already. We'll likely either need to sell some off or just wait and buy other stocks to reduce our PEP allocation percentage.
    Mar 5 10:54 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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