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  • Silly Rabbit, Dividends Do Matter In Retirement [View article]
    I'll take dividends every time, thank you. Great article, Brad.
    Jul 21, 2014. 07:22 AM | 35 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • General Electric: A Golden Dividend Opportunity Is Never Offered Twice [View article]
    My two cents..... you don't need to own a stock to write about it. It seems like authors get stuck between a rock and hard place. If they are positive on a stock and don't own it, they are criticized for not walking the talk. If they do own it, someone often pipes in with accusations of pumping the stock.

    Personally, I just take the information for what it's worth to me and make my own decisions. I'm not usually concerned with what the author does, in that their situation is likely different from mine.
    Jul 17, 2014. 09:27 AM | 33 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Debunking The 'Dividends Don't Add Shareholder Value' Myth [View article]
    Interesting indeed. I'm staying out of it. I use DGI, period. Don't need to debate it with anyone who doesn't. :-)
    Mar 13, 2014. 04:48 PM | 26 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Do I Do With My Stocks If The Market Crashes? Part 1 [View article]
    FWIW, I found the content level to be most appropriate. Like giorgio said, some people don't want to spend time reading if they can't do it in 30 seconds or less. I'll gladly spend more time reading if the content is worth digesting.... and your articles definitely are.
    Mar 21, 2014. 03:01 PM | 21 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Start Investing Now For Retirement Wealth [View article]
    Nice article and very adept at pointing out the need to start early. Of course, for someone like me who is pushing 60 it just creates a lot of regrets. When I was in my twenties and thirties, I wasn't the least bit concerned about retirement.

    I wasn't raised in an investment savvy environment. We didn't live in poverty by any means, but savings accounts were about as far as we went. Investing was just some foreign concept that was only for rich people. I didn't really begin to understand the need to invest until my forties, when I started accumulate bits of knowledge here and there. When you wait that long, it makes for a tougher road.

    These days, I try not to miss a chance to chat with youngsters about my mistakes. Most aren't very interested, but every once in a while, you see a gleam in their eye when they "get it". Getting young people on the road to investing is a worthwhile cause in my opinion.
    Mar 3, 2013. 09:10 AM | 20 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Amazon: Fire Phone Is A Flop [View article]
    I have to say that I have no interest in a smartphone. In my opinion, the monthly fees are ridiculous. Should I ever buy one though, it sure wouldn't be tied to Amazon. Google or Apple maybe, but not Amazon.
    Jun 24, 2014. 04:10 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What Do I Do With My Stocks If The Market Crashes? Part 1 [View article]
    Agreed. Excellent article. Makes me yearn for a drop in these blue chip names so that I can look at the Fast Graph and say "yeah, baby... buy it".
    Mar 20, 2014. 09:34 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • John Bogle's Advice For Retirement Investors [View article]
    Diversification, yes. Stock index funds, no. I'll stick with picking a select group of dividend growers rather than settle for the paltry yield of an index fund.
    Sep 14, 2011. 06:58 AM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Realty Income: Who Cares What Morgan Stanley Thinks? I'll Buy More On Pullbacks Anyway... [View article]
    Well, of course. Brokers love traders. I've held JNJ since 2006. No other purchases or sales since then for that stock. You think my broker is happy about the $10 commission that I paid over 7 years ago? Ha!
    Apr 21, 2014. 11:25 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The WSJ Says Invest Your Emergency Cash, What?!? [View article]
    Agree. If it's invested, it can no longer be called an emergency fund. By definition, an emergency fund is supposed to be a reliable, safe and secure source of cash. Either that or I have misread a lot of financial publications.
    Dec 5, 2013. 07:58 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investing: Resisting The Urge To Get Rich Quick [View article]
    Whoa, Tim. Yes, you do deserve the accolades. I supervised literally hundreds of college age people (about two dozen at a time) over the years. We had chats about various issues during that time. The discussions in their group were wide and varied, but when the subject of savings and investment came up it was mostly blank stares.

    I remember only one guy that was very interested in it. There was another who commented that his father "made" him contribute to his 401K, as if it was a punishment. Many times, I told them that I wished I had started investing at their age but it didn't seem to have much impact. Mostly, they weren't interested.

    In my experience, your efforts to understand investing and make a plan for your future are not a common thing. Add to that the fact that you actually write articles on the topic and you are WAY ahead of the game compared to most. So, just sit there and take your accolades young man!
    Mar 26, 2012. 07:05 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Four Dividend Stock Picks for 2011 [View article]
    JNJ is indeed displaying a disappointing lack of focus on quality control. I'm not selling, but I'm not buying either. JNJ already represents a decent portion of our portfolio. Now if the stock drops back down into the 50's, I might start thinking about adding some more. My belief is that they will correct these problems and I suspect the CEO is in the hot seat by now. Time will tell I suppose but I'm not ready to give up them yet.
    Dec 30, 2010. 10:35 AM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Love My 'Magic Pants' And My Partners Wear Them Proudly [View article]
    Taking a broad perspective I think that most everyone has an ego, with some being far more inflated than others. I honestly have no clue what would motivate someone to criticize a reasonable investment methodology. Could be a lot of different things, including those that you mentioned, but I won't speculate.

    I do find it odd at times though. Addressing BILLINSD's post specifically, his "friends" anger and frustration was troubling to me. It's one thing to try and help by providing opinions or guidance to those who want it. It's a whole different thing when you get angry and call them stupid because they don't follow in your footsteps.

    There are a lot of investing techniques that I have no use for. However, I'm not the least bit tempted to visit the topic pages for those techniques and write critical articles. Over the years, I've looked around at various investment methods and for me, DGI is the chosen path. I know it can work, I've seen real-life portfolios, and it fits my goals and personality.

    When an article criticizes DGI, I don't generally find it very useful, but as you said, some of the discussions can be thought provoking. As to making it personal by calling out Chuck by name in an opposing article, I'm not sure that kind of thing is necessary. If one disagrees with something Chuck says in an article it would seem more appropriate to use the comments section and engage the author so to speak.

    Yes, Chuck has an ego just like the rest of us. As you cite though, he has been a gentleman and responded in a very reasonable manner. What I like about Chuck's "ego" is that he is comfortable enough with his investing decisions that he has no apparent need to respond to criticism/disagreement with anger. He also doesn't respond by criticizing his critics. I respect that.
    Mar 19, 2014. 03:44 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T: Dividend Increase Coming, Here's What To Expect [View article]
    I'm not even sure it will beat inflation. I basically view T as a place to get a decent return on some of my cash. I bought some more today at a 5.6% yield. Beats the hell out my cash account at .10%. OTOH, the dividend isn't FDIC insured. :-)
    Dec 9, 2014. 11:00 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Will Start Social Security At Age 62 [View article]
    Nice article, RAS.

    I'm a definite on starting at age 62. For one, I would prefer the immediate income. And yes, it is distinctly possible that I (or anyone else for that matter) won't live to see 80 or whatever break-even point you calculate.

    My final thought on this is that most all of our invest-able assets will be focused on DGI. We will have two Roth accounts and one IRA. If I can spend from SS income it will reduce the likelihood that money will be needed from the DGI accounts. We can reinvest the dividends and allow the accounts to keep growing.

    It's hard to say what will happen to the SS system in the future. The only thing I'm fairly certain of is that something will happen. Before that day arrives, I want to move as much money as I can from their accounts to mine. Perhaps I'm being greedy, but that's just what it is.
    Aug 26, 2014. 09:40 AM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment