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  • I Won The $1.6 Billion Powerball Last Night - I Didn't Play And Made $2.00  [View article]
    I suppose many of you also have a fear of clowns and eclectic music tastes as well. *sigh*

    There are logical reasons to play the lottery (at least occasionally).

    Insurance: My entire work team wants to play when it gets this high. Adding my $2 in is insurance. If they all win and retire, then I have to build a 15 person team from scratch while they are out buying yachts. That would really put a hurtin' on my work/life balance. No thanks.

    Entertainment: My entertainment budget can withstand $2 every now and again.

    Social/Networking: I spent a few minutes here and there they last few weeks connecting with folks talking about their lottery fantasy. I suspect if I could only offer that they were likely math deficient morons being taxed without their knowledge those pleasant conversations may have went a little differently.

    Ambition: I would like to garner controlling interests of the Cincinnati Reds franchise. Since I am in my mid 40's already - this was literally one of the very few chances I would ever have in my lifetime of making this dream a possibility.
    Jan 14, 2016. 12:10 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Differing Outlooks On The Market  [View article]
    The original name was Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck (thus BW3).

    I suspect they are referring to the chain as B-Dubs
    Sep 11, 2015. 09:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can We Really Trust Nike's Stock Price?  [View article]
    In my opinion, what I believe you fail to fully weight, is that not everyone is cut out for the same style of anything ... including investing.

    We might as well be pointing to someone's future weight and telling them plan A will project you at 175 lbs in 2020. If you follow plan B, you will be at 180. Plan A is clearly "better". Its 5 lbs better! Not so fast.

    The first plan is centered around cross-fit as it promises greater muscle mass over time. Unfortunately, I can't stand up to the rigors of the workouts and often injure myself, causing me to be sidelined quite often. I end up at 195 lbs. in 2020 because I am just not cut out to follow the plan.

    Another plan calls for walking, biking, and yoga. I don't implement the plan as well as I could, but end up sticking with it because I enjoy it and it's low impact so I can keep at it steadily. I end up at 185 lbs.

    Which plan was better for *me*? Its the one I can best manage to implement and maintain.

    I've tried the investing versions of "cross fit" and realize they are not something I am going to be able to stick with over time. Someone telling me that cross fit (on average, all things being equal) does much better than walking, biking, and yoga ... is not valuable to me as I have learned, from my own experience, is just not true.
    Jun 24, 2015. 12:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Differing Outlooks On The Market  [View article]
    Value line is currently offering free (accessible online) value line reports for the Dow30.


    Select the Dow30 Link under "Coverage Universe"

    I will also be looking to determine if I can access Value Line online thru my local library!
    Jun 10, 2015. 10:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Let's Talk About The Nifty Fifty And Dividend Growth Investing  [View article]
    Fat Tire is one of my go to beers. Seek out New Belgium's Ranger IPA.
    Sep 26, 2014. 05:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Fall Asleep!  [View article]
    Having lived in the mid-west most of my life ... I have never heard of anyone hitting a pig/hog on the road so I think the odds of that are pretty slim. You should keep an eye out for deer though. :-)

    On a side note ... in at least one state in the mid-west you can get a DUI if you are in possession of your keys in your car (while intoxicated) ... which they claim "shows intent" to drive. Put your keys in the trunk or your gas cap before you take that nap.
    Jun 19, 2014. 10:16 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions: 24 Increases Expected By The End Of March  [View article]
    How I follow dividend announcements:

    Daily dividend postings: http://bit.ly/K6Pkfi
    RSS feed for daily dividend posting: http://bit.ly/13KHCin

    Go to Feedsifter: http://bit.ly/10gk4gv

    Enter the streetinsider url into the feed URL:

    Enter your Search Text (I use tickers wrapped with () - works great):

    Subscribed to the feed in an RSS Reader. I use Feedly: http://bit.ly/K6PhjR

    Easy Peasy - I can follow on my phone or via the web, on my time.

    I keep Search text above handy so I can modify it and create a new feed.
    Jan 16, 2014. 11:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Trying To Beat The Market Is A Fool's Errand  [View article]
    Wanting to beat the index and actually beating the index are two different animals. When push comes to shove, not many people consistently beat the index when it's their full-time job. I don't want to live for my portfolio, I want it to work *for* me.

    If I did somehow manage to beat the index 30 years running .... and in 2007, I have a pile of money and retired. In 2008 I would have had a half a pile of money. Bummer. A pile of money is not my goal. Levels of income are my goal. The base level is enough to take care of myself and my family, the next level is to live well why doing so. I am more concerned with these levels than living a life of luxury.

    For my goals, it makes more sense to have 20+ years of experience in dividend investing, learning from small mistakes as I go ... instead of hoping to take a pile of money at retirement and transition it into dividend paying stocks with no real experience in dividend investing.

    Given my level of income and current path, I can be fairly certain I will amass enough to live off my dividend income, social security, etc. Maybe I could amass a pile of money, but there is also a much greater risk I don't reach my minimum goal. The extra money is not worth the concern to me much in the same way I am much more content living in a small house than having a larger mortgage. The extra space is simply not worth the extra payments to me.
    Oct 19, 2013. 10:31 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why I Am A DG Investor  [View instapost]
    In quiet moments I sometimes wonder about things the world has missed due to loss of life in conflicts/wars over the years. Imagine if people like Galileo, Mozart, Gutenberg, Ted Williams, Edison, or Fleming had been lost at war at an early age.

    A dozen or so authors here have been extremely helpful to me, not only in the articles they write, but the discussion on the topics in this forum. It has helped me in many ways as I have pieced together a very solid DGI portfolio that I am extremely pleased with. I had been researching just such a strategy when I stumbled upon this forum awhile back and it accelerated my learning curve very sharply.

    As one of the authors that has contributed substantially in both adding to and honing my way of thinking, thank you.
    May 20, 2013. 01:34 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market Is Advancing: Is It Time To Sell?  [View article]
    If your pursuit of money gets in the way of having a good relationship with your Family and/or Friends, IMO, you have failed no matter how "rich" you are.
    Mar 19, 2013. 06:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Challengers: 13 Increases Expected In The Next 11 Weeks  [View article]
    Thanks for the input. I actually already use both sites/services, they are both good resources!

    A few google searches didn't produce anything that was freely available so I ...
    1. Found a good RSS feed for dividend announcements here: http://bit.ly/13KHCin
    2. Found a place to filter a RSS feed here: http://bit.ly/10gk4gv
    3. Entered Tickers/Company names like so:
    "CA Inc"

    I'll report back at some point to let you know how it is working for me.
    Mar 8, 2013. 07:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Challengers: 13 Increases Expected In The Next 11 Weeks  [View article]
    Does anyone know of a site that you can plug in your portfolio and/or watchlist and receive alerts when their is a dividend announcement? (Increase, regular, special, or *dangnabit* cut/suspend). It would make tracking things a bit easier! THX.

    Mr. Fish - Greatly appreciate your monthly CCC list. I have incorporated it into my early screening/DD and it has helped me quite a bit. Many thanks!
    Mar 5, 2013. 08:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing In Guns: High-Caliber Options For Your 2013 Portfolio  [View article]
    Need is relative to one's circumstances.

    The same tools needed in a large population center are not the same tools needed in more remote locations. I can easily grasp the need for public mass transit, sewer systems, water purification, full-time firemen, etc. required in a population center.

    None of these are needs for a family living on a 500 acre farm. Mass transit isn't practical, they have their own septic tank, have their own well, and if the neighbors place catches on fire the volunteer fire department will be adequate to make sure the damage is localized.

    I suspect if you think for a few minutes you may be able to identify some situations in which a gun would be considered a necessary tool for the family on a 500 acre farm.
    Dec 31, 2012. 03:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why 'I'll Just Sell A Few Shares When I Need Cash' Doesn't Work  [View article]
    IMO, the main thing a investor ought to be asking themselves is ... which strategy am I best suited to achieve success at? You strategy will only be as successful as your ability to implement and maintain it. You are probably the largest variable in your eventual success or failure.

    To do this you must determine what success means to you and what you have to work with in terms of funds, abilities, time frame, and time/energy/focus you can apply to the task.
    For some time I have been a growth focused investor. I didn't have much to begin with and didn't see a path forward with stodgy old companies, I need two and three baggers to get anywhere. Over time I have had some success in both investing and my career path so now I have what I consider a decent start on a nest egg.

    Now in my early 40's I am transitioning to a DGI focused investor after some self reflection and re-examination of my goals. I firmly believe I will be more successful maintaining a DGI focused portfolio over the next 20 years than I would be maintaining a growth focused portfolio.
    There may well be other strategies that would allow me to amass a larger dollar figure in 20 years, but I am making the decision that based on what I have to work with, including my time and abilities, this is the best path to success for me.
    Sep 17, 2012. 11:53 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment