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  • 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:
    RSS feed for daily dividend posting:

    Go to Feedsifter:

    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:

    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:
    2. Found a place to filter a RSS feed here:
    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