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  • U.S. minimum wage hikes to hit 1,400+ Wal-Mart stores [View news story]
    I totally agree. But as a customer of both WMT and TGT it would be nice to find someone every now and then to help find what you are looking for...(they rearrange the stores almost weekly it seems!) If I have to spend an extra 10-15mins searching and assuming that I make $20/hr then you are looking at an extra $3-$5 for each customer.. WMT does not benefit because after awhile I will and have taken more of my shopping elsewhere....
    Dec 24, 2014. 02:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. minimum wage hikes to hit 1,400+ Wal-Mart stores [View news story]
    Buy the same amount...determine more by need than by actual price (Starbucks anyone!). Fact, upper level executives have been granted themselves large increases and incentives for years which does not have the same multiplying effect of a lower income family which because of prevailing needs will spend the money fast resulting in better economic growth.
    Dec 24, 2014. 02:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. minimum wage hikes to hit 1,400+ Wal-Mart stores [View news story]
    If everyone's tax break was based on the minimum wage, we would all be having a different conversation today. But someone working in retail should be able to make a livable wage and not be so dependent on govt help. It's hard to understand why someone working 50/60 hours at WMT, TGT, etc should not be paid at least $10-$12/hr....2 cups of SBUX coffee.
    Dec 24, 2014. 09:43 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Personal Dividend Growth Portfolio Update: November 2014 [View article]
    Like the portfolio. I too use a mix of ETFs and dividend paying stock....adding to sectors that are undervalued (XOM & CVX) as I build my income paying machine. Great Job!
    Nov 20, 2014. 08:09 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan clarifies comments implying benefits from oil spills [View news story]
    Still does not change the fact that a spill creates long term damage to the environment. I guess it means that tax payers will have to pay to clean up this mess. But they should remember the new precedent sent with BP in the gulf incident. This will or be costly to the share holders.
    May 6, 2014. 08:00 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions For March 2014 [View article]
    Thanks David....great job as usual. We appreciate this great effort.
    Mar 2, 2014. 02:13 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Perfect Portfolio: End Of Year Review [View article]
    I love collecting these gems "When you micro manage anything, you get micro results. "...Hope you don't mind my adding this one to the list.

    This is very true....and what I have found is that these guys do not last very long but the impact can be devastating to a team.

    Thanks in advance.

    P.S. Great season so far for Arsene Wenger and the boys.....
    Jan 7, 2014. 07:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Perfect Portfolio: End Of Year Review [View article]
    Another great article. Enjoy the update. All the best in 2014. You help us to realize that investment is a family affair and we invest not only for ourselves but for the well-being of our entire family.

    Jan 1, 2014. 02:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What A Difference A Year Makes [View article]
    Inz. What a wonderful article! We are on the same journey. Since the start of Q4 2013, we now have the option to buy individual stocks in our 401k. I have been adding more of the dividend aristocrats, challengers and contenders as the market allows (I love a great bargain). Learning initially from the likes of the great practitioners of Dividend Growth Investing such as Chuck Carnevale, David Crosetti, Eddie Herring, David Van Knapp, Chowder, Norman Tweed and David Fish just to name a few; who continues to support this wonderful community and developing your own strategic approach is the greatest testimony to the help that we receive from them. Keep up the good work.
    Dec 25, 2013. 03:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • iShares Select Dividend ETF announces quarterly distribution of $0.5496 [View news story]
    Could be because several companies paid their Q1-2013 dividend in Q4 20120 to beat the expected tax increase. If you look at the year over year comparison you would see that the there was an increase: 2012 - $2.12/share and 2013 was $2.19/share or 3.3% net increase in dividend rate.
    Dec 25, 2013. 10:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Just Ordered My Stock Certificate Of Exxon Mobil [View instapost]
    I am long XOM in my 401K as well as dripping it monthly in my discretionary investment portfolio. Never thought of requesting a certificate....could create a teachable moment for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.
    Dec 25, 2013. 08:58 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Do Dividend Growth Investors Like Price Pullbacks So Much? [View article]
    Great article! Western union is a great addition. Remittance will continue to grow as the economy picks up. POT is on my watch list and I will be pulling the trigger in a few weeks.
    Oct 17, 2013. 06:56 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Dividend Retirement Plan [View article]
    Thanks Saratogahawk. I actually picked up some RIG at $44/share. The maintenance issues will soon pass and the fleet uptime should get back to normal and this should give them several years of reliable and predictable operation. With the depth that these rigs have to go to extract oil, etc, the rates will continue to creep higher. The possible litigation in Brazil is one headwind that the company faces, but this too will pass. Management’s commitment to shareholders in maintaining its dividend payment and the benefits yet to be realized from the recent acquisition; I can see the stock back at $70+ in another year or so.

    DGI's process/ strategy is a sound building block toward a long-term retirement goals. Instead of investing more of my capital, I focus on trying to pay off my mortgage as quickly as possible. I know I am giving some of the power of compounding.....but a paid for house makes a happy wife. :-), and that will still leave us with 20+ years to save accelerate the dividend growth investing process.
    Jan 10, 2012. 07:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My Dividend Retirement Plan [View article]
    Thanks for sharing the insight into your strategy. I like to buy dividends that are on-sale. I usually look for dividend that pays 1.5X times S&P yield, especially after the company was beaten down by the market for some temporary headwinds (example JNJ - recalls, etc). With over 20+ years to go before retirement, I will DRIP; but invest new capital in other opportunities. I take profit of the top at 25% capital gain. My thinking is to get to the point where I own the stocks for free - when I playing with the house' money.
    Jan 10, 2012. 01:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Income Investing Tasks To Complete Before Your Financial Smarts Erode [View article]
    Wonderful article that provides a list of action for a New Year's resolution list. Money I saved monthly (from my budget) goes into dividend stocks.
    Nov 11, 2011. 07:33 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment