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  • Dividend Growth Portfolio: Spring Checkup And Semi-Annual Review [View article]

    I sold my last Intel in January, too. It was once my largest holding. The money was placed in a new position in Realty Income.

    Nice write up. I love your book too.
    Apr 8 10:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • March Dividend Madness - How Are You Positioned? [View article]
    The one difference that no one seems to appreciate is that in the NCAA, teams are eliminated. In investing two choices can both be winners or losers. So, for me, the choice between KMI and O is not a forced choice; I own both.

    Still, I enjoyed the article and can understand the usefulness of thinking of your choices in this way.

    Go Badgers!
    Mar 19 08:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing: An Introduction To Creating Wealth [View article]
    I think Mr. Crosetti has written intelligently enough and made enough intelligent comments to justify his use of the personal pronoun "I." Enjoy HIS views, you may learn something.

    Of course that is just MY opinion.
    Mar 19 08:13 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil: A View Of The Company's Economic Characteristics [View article]
    This article is an example of why I follow you.

    I have to echo veritas1010 and say that while XOM is a wonderful investment, those of us who use our investments to fund our cash flow truly need a sustained level of dividend increases. The last increase was good; let's hope management and the Board sustain it.
    Mar 19 08:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Big Tobacco Dividend Analysis [View article]
    Nice reply, Bill
    Mar 19 07:53 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jim Cramer Sells Linn Energy, Tells Investors To Buy Kinder Morgan [View article]
    As "Aids Patient" said, Josh Peters from Morningstar has sold all his KMI and KMP. This is very important, I think.
    Mar 13 09:41 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Getting The Dividend Facts Straight [View article]
    Bill, as a long-time follower, thanks for a fine article.

    I sold the last of my Intel about a month ago. It was once my biggest holding, at 12% of my portfolio. I sold with solid gains, but that is small comfort: I had hoped the stock was a wise choice for yield and dividend growth.

    Others have posted that Intel's failure to raise the dividend is no big deal to long-term investors. I do not agree. The dividend growth crowd will leave Intel as they left GE when it cut its dividend. It will take a while for Intel to recover their trust.

    I understand the capital distribution policy, but like their cap ex decisions, that is the company's choice, not a law of nature. Intel has failed as a dividend growth investment.
    Mar 12 09:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Exxon Mobil: The Dividend Growth Picture Looks Unusually Bright [View article]
    I try to model dividend growth as a valuation tool. My model projects 11% growth this year and 8% to 9% in the 2015-2018 period.
    Mar 11 08:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Total Dividend Return Will Guide My 2014 Investment Decisions [View article]
    I have now become a follower, which means for me you join a pretty good group. I was especially pleased by your response to the very first comment: Social Security and a pension provide your fixed income substitute. No bonds for you. I am of precisely the same mindset, although I am not yet in the withdrawal stage. Nice job.
    Mar 7 09:55 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Yet Another Intel Rumor? [View article]
    How about "Ashraf and I"??
    Feb 18 03:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel: Upside Potential [View article]
    Russ, just a shout out for great work on Intel. I have reduced my position in the company because its dividend policies just don't fit with my investment philosophy. However, I retain a "core" portion of Intel, almost exclusively because of your well-reasoned thinking.
    Feb 4 08:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • It Is Time To Sell Intel? [View article]
    I admire your work and have complimented it in other places. But the suggestion that BECAUSE long time holders are selling means "good news is near" is illogical, and I think an intelligent contributor such as yourself knows it.

    And the "irresponsible" dividend raise is made so only because of an ARBITRARY rule on 40% of earnings.

    I happen to think soap makes "modern life possible" as assuredly as do microchips.
    Jan 27 09:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel And Taiwan Semiconductor Have Very Different Definitions [View article]
    I think I am close to understanding the Medieval philosophical question of "how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"
    Jan 26 01:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Recent Sale: Intel Corporation [View article]
    I am late to the list here, but I'll give my two cent's worth: I heard a joke once about a heroic pig and the punch line was "You don't kill a pig like that all at once."

    Intel has been my heroic pig: Good dividend and substantial embedded gains (average cost below $16). It was once my largest holding. Over the past three quarters, maybe four, I have been selling portions of my position. It is now my 11th largest holding - about 4% of my portfolio.

    It may still raise in the second quarter, which, if I recall comments by Mr. David Fish correctly, will become the point where it falls off the ladder to dividend champion.

    In the meantime I have been selling because I am a dividend GROWTH investor and Intel is unlikely to retain the label of a dividend GROWTH company. It will probably "miss" and have to work for another five years to meet Mr. Fish's "Contender" standards.

    Still, this is a company with a rabidly competitive spirit (read Russ Fischer's recent article). I think it will recover and begin paying an increased dividend some time in the future. I will probably hold that 4% (mayb less) until Intel truly, finally breaks my heart. Final thought: That 40% of FCF "rule" is self-imposed stupidity by the management. Where is the Board?
    Jan 26 12:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Dividend Continues To Disappoint [View article]
    You neglected to mention Russ Fischer's fine article. He is more optimistic about Intel's prospects.

    As for DVGI "whining" (see Stubarino above): My goal remains a reliably increasing stream of income. Some may say that sounds like whining, I think it sounds like a sound philosophy - one that fits my needs. Others may invest in Intel with a total return objective and that is fine; I promise not label their complaints about slow price improvements as "whining."

    As I stated in my comment on Russ's article, I am reducing my Intel holdings and re-allocating to investments which provide a steadily increasing stream of income. I will hold some Intel until the second quarter dividend decision is made. If, as the Bill suggests, the dividend remains flat, I will sell the remainder of my Intel stock. BTW, my average price on Intel is under $16 - yes, you read that right. I have held the position a long time. It will be a sad day if I have to label my portfolio, "Intel NOT inside."
    Jan 24 08:39 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment