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  • The Case Against Using The VIG As A Dividend Growth Proxy  [View article]
    Would love some advice out there. Looking for a dividend growth ETF but not sure whether or not VIG or VYM? Leaning towards VYM because of higher yield and still good dividend growth rate (around 8%). Any thoughts?
    May 9, 2013. 01:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Reminder Of Why You Stick With Dividend Stocks  [View article]
    Amen to this article. I treat most, not all, but most of my portfolio like a fixed income investment (reinvesting the dividends) but also enjoying the capital appreciation along with the dividend increases.

    I am thinking about selling some individuals assets and just buying Vanguard's VYM and be done with it.

    My individual stock portfolio includes: PM, MCD, INTC, PEP, PG, VFC, TD, TOT, LINE, ABT/ABBV, MMM, ED etc.
    Apr 27, 2013. 10:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The U.S. Economy: How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Headed?  [View article]
    Amen about Glass-Steagall. Been saying that for years. Not liberals and conservatives alike are saying things like, "Why did we repeal GS?"
    Apr 23, 2013. 05:12 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Dividends From Billionaire Jim Simons  [View article]
    I own MCD, INTC, and PM. I also own ABT/ABBV, but after their big run, I might sell them and buy BMY. One other dividend grower I'd add to any list would be VFC, owner of brands like North Face, Wrangler, and now Timberland. Well run, smart company.

    On INTC, I think the valuation is at a level that people should take a chance on them making waves in the mobile space. I think they will. And I am fine waiting and collecting a 4.2% dividend (which is growing BTW).
    Mar 27, 2013. 12:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Analysts warn that with the economy so fragile and pricing competition fierce it will hard for restaurants to pass on the higher wholesale beef prices that are forecast down to consumers. Though quick-service chains will toy with their menus (more chicken) and try to use forward purchase contracts to lower costs, the impact of last year's drought could take a few seasons to reverse.  [View news story]
    Higher beef and commodity costs are the norm not the exception. Companies that do not understand this fact, yes fact, will go out of business within the next 5-10 years.
    Jan 22, 2013. 01:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Do Dividends Matter?  [View article]
    I agree with Regarded. Over decades, companies that increase their dividends out perform the market.
    Aug 23, 2012. 08:48 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Ideal Dividend Portfolio: Mostly REITs Coupled With High-Yielding Blue Chip Stocks  [View article]
    I understand where you are coming from, but I would personally add a bit of diversity to this portfolio. How about some exposure to MLPs, which also have some nice tax advantages and also produce high dividends. Maybe something like a Kinder Morgan or Linn Energy? Energy/Oil is not going away anytime soon, so you can keep your high yields and protect yourself a bit more.

    What do others think? Full disclosure: I own units in Linn Energy.
    Aug 5, 2011. 05:27 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Reasons to Buy Intel  [View article]
    I concur. It trades within a nice range. I buy and hold Intel and put more money in between $18-20. I like the increasing dividend too. They'll be fine. Let's talk in 5 years and see if Groupon, etc. are still around.
    Jul 9, 2011. 09:23 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Be careful what you wish for: While D.C. politicians harden their positions on spending and taxes, austerity has already taken root in state governments, and it's killing the recovery. Daniel Indiviglio says cuts on the state and local level have knocked $8.8B off GDP and thrown 326,000 people out of work.   [View news story]
    It's not a good thing that people are losing their jobs, and I have family members that are affected by the local and state tightening, but we have been riding a wave of debt for decades. The time is now to put a stop to this run away debt, national and personally, before it is too late. This isn't a Democrat or Republican issue, it's an American problem that needs to be solved.
    Jun 24, 2011. 09:39 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Commodity ETF Investing: 5 Factors to Consider  [View article]
    This is a great article for anyone looking to dip their toe into the commodities water. I like Commodity ETFs like GSG more because I don't care for the credit risk, but the downside is that you have to deal with Contango, which can hurt your returns. I like IAU for gold, but I wish there was a commodity ETN/ETF that tracked the spot price of a bag of commodities but that didn't involve credit risk.
    Jun 14, 2011. 05:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How to Survive a 'Zombie Economy'  [View article]
    Excellent, well-written and researched article. Of course, who knows what will come to pass, but this seems a likely scenario as any. Kudos to Mr. Newman.
    Aug 25, 2010. 05:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Every Investor Should Know About ETF Investing  [View article]
    Excellent, clearly written article. Everyone thinking about investing in commodities should read it.

    I invest in the GSG, which I feel to be one of the better commodity funds out there. Am I right or are there better ones out there?
    Mar 10, 2010. 10:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Financial Stocks for Dividend Investors  [View article]
    This author follows my train of thought that I had this year. I bought AFL at $25 and TD at $44. Why? Both best of breed. AFL has great, honest management and is geologically diverse with operations in both Japan and the US.

    TD is a good play because it has a great balance sheet, didn't play in the subprime mess but also has growth potential as it looks for opportunity to expand into the US market. Both good calls.
    Aug 27, 2009. 09:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment