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  • Mid-America Apartments Completes A Merger And Offers Both Growth And Income [View article]
    How curious. On the map there seems to be a property in Cuba? Any idea what that is?
    Oct 2, 2013. 10:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stick With Dividend Champions To Overcome Dreadful Markets [View article]
    I read a lot about MCD on these forums but here's my dilemma. Does anyone else share a similar one? I want to love MCD like everyone else and I have plenty of opportunity to do so since there are 4 of them within a few miles of my house and I do take them up almost daily on their "senior coffee" for 64 cents. Hooray. However, invariably when I decide to "splurge" and buy a quarter pounder along with the fries, it's always a gigantic disappointment! They can't make a good burger. It's never hot and many times nearly stone cold by the time I get away from the drive thru. Usually the first bite means way overdone ketchup and mustard dripping down my shirt front. Cheese not even trying to melt. Just awful. The last time it happened, I was fed up and just turned my car around around and stormed into the place demanding my money back. They just went bonkers trying to win me back, with a "fresh burger" on the grill (that's what I wanted the first time and they weren't busy), free coupons, etc. Yeah, I'll keep coming back for the senior coffee but I'll never believe they know how to make a burger or anything else to eat. Is it just me? is this good enough for the rest of the world? Bigger question is, do I believe in them enough to buy their stock? Or... do I just buy it anyway since everyone else seems to believe in them and the dividends good?
    Nov 4, 2012. 09:15 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Getting The Dividend Bus Rolling [View article]
    Thank you Chowder and JD. You've both given me a doable plan and now I prepare and wait for my moment.
    Oct 6, 2012. 06:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Getting The Dividend Bus Rolling [View article]
    Recently found SA and have been avidly reading articles and in particular comments. As a result I am totally on board with DGI approach. This will work for me for a lots of reasons... SS will easily pay bills and allow for some discretionary spending, would like to leave stock principal to spouse and children (after educating them on DGI).

    BTW, I am 69, reasonably robust health, maxing SS by not collecting until 70, run two businesses, collecting modest but adequate salary from one and building other one. I have close to $200,000 in tax deferred SEP IRAs and no debt. Half invested in hodge podge of stocks (a few of them decent dividend producers), half cash.

    My question...
    It's time for me to jump fully in the DGI lake. How do I do it as quickly and gracefully as possible. I expect to not need to draw on dividends for a couple more years (other than required withdrawals at 70). Any wisdom on path to take would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Bruce
    Oct 4, 2012. 02:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment