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  • Yield On Cost: A Vitally Important Consideration For Retired Investors [View article]
    Great article, thank you. The other day I sold SXL because it was very overvalued. I had a 63% gain, with a great YOC. How I am thinking perhaps I should have not sold SXL based on this article. I am just a few years from retirement. It's going to be hard to replace SXL with another dividend machine like it. But looking at total return, I was worried about a pullback from an oversold position and losing my gains. In hindsight I don't think I would now have sold SXL. Thank you for your great educational articles....still learning.
    Sep 4 01:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can A Successful Dividend Portfolio Be Assembled In 2014? Part 1 [View article]
    For someone wanting to build a portfolio at this time, I say get familiar with the concepts mentioned in this article and don't be afraid to hold some significant cash for a while, as you learn, perhaps in short term bonds? Other ideas? Take time to prepare an investing plan. Sign-up for, which is a great research tool. Try the best you can to wait for fairly valued purchases (fastgraphs helps a lot with that analysis). Read the articles and comments by at least a half dozen great authors on this Seeking Alpha site. Know that if you buy a stock that is overvalued, you may have to suffer sometime with an apparent loss on paper, but you can still keep collecting those dividends. And if you buy stocks off of the CCC list you can have some confidence that they will keep paying those dividends. Don't get suckered in by stocks paying the highest dividends because those are often the stocks that have slow or no growth and generally the most likely candidates for a dreaded dividend cut. Try to balance the dividend payout with stocks that have some growth and that don't pay too high a percentage of earnings out in dividends. Look for good companies that Mr. Market is selling off, check them out for buying opportunities. Remember if your stock's share price is declining that does not mean that your dividend is declining, be patient with good companies, don't sell a good company simply because you show a temporary paper loss.
    Aug 26 09:40 PM | 14 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Growth Stocks Appropriate For Retirement Portfolios? [View article]
    AAPL was a fairly recent good example.....
    Jul 24 12:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Coca-Cola Earnings Were Just Fair, Should Dividend Investors Head For The Hills Now? [View article]
    I'm not so sure about the long term growth of KO and MCD. These companies are going counter to the tread for healthy, organic eating. Take a look at CMG for instance. I will be happy as long as they can grow slowly and keep paying the dividend. They have lots of money so maybe they can slowly rebuild their images away from junk food. The younger set is no longer turning to these companies.
    Jul 23 12:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Silly Rabbit, Dividends Do Matter In Retirement [View article]
    I for one, do not want to rely almost totally on share price. I'll invest in companies that do not have a history of cutting dividends, and I'll keep collecting that same income from a majority of the companies I invest in (even during a recession) regardless of what the share price does. Much less stress and results in much better sleep.
    Jul 21 12:33 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Dow 17,000 Dangerously High? This Comprehensive Review May Surprise You! [View article]
    Chuck: Thank you for the thoughtful analysis. The news media pounds us day after day with price information with various projections of pending corrections and/or bull markets. A broken clock is still right twice a day! Your work helps me to "keep my head" regarding the inevitable daily / yearly market volatility and the patience and tools to wait and watch for good buys. Thank you for taking me beyond what Jim Cramer has to offer.
    Jul 9 03:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Three Great Dividend Companies To Consider For Any Portfolio [View article]
    NWN trades in a fairly narrow range. If one is patient you will probably be able to buy at 42 or less. As far as electric utilities go...I really wonder how the future may be impacted by the quickly growing solar power industry. There are many innovations being made.
    Jun 20 03:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Does Caterpillar's 17% Dividend Increase Make It A Buy? [View article]
    CAT, fine company, high beta stock. The high beta provides increased opportunities for getting in on a pull back. I have a 1/3 to 1/2 position at 83, I will be patient and wait for a"nasty" downturn.
    Jun 12 02:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirees Please Don't Index, You Deserve Better Than Average [View article]
    It would be pretty hard to live off of the dividends paid by an index fund. I'll invest my money in blue chip companies that did not cut their dividend during the 2008-2009 time frame, that seems like a pretty safe bet to me. One thing I try to keep an eye on is my cost on individual share price purchase allotments. If I can lower my basis by selling some of my highest price shares I sometimes do that and keep the cash for another opportunity or pullback.
    May 29 03:42 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Investing (Business) Plan [View instapost]
    Thank you, I haven't put a plan in writting yet, yours and a couple of others are great examples. Now, to go to work to develop a plan, about 4-5 years to go to retirement.
    May 16 02:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 12 Dividend Machines Raising Distributions For Investors [View article]
    Thank you for the stats. This is an excellent summary/overview for a dividend investor to consider. There is a pretty significant "moat" here regarding the probability that a retiree can continue to at least collect a majority of his dividends from such companies even during tough economic times. I keep my max investment in individual companies in the 2-3% range, diversify into multiple sectors, and always try to by at fair value using fast graphs. I for one, will take the odds as they stand.
    May 6 02:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 12 Dividend Machines Raising Distributions For Investors [View article]
    Well....there are certainly examples of Dividend Champions who are eliminated from the list because of dividend cuts. One I had a personal experience with was IRET, which was a leader on the list and it cut its dividend. It would be an interesting study to look at all companies that had made your list over a long time frame and how many disappeared from the list. Just looking at those currently on the list is certainly a biased approach. I love your champion list and use it all of the time it is a wonderful resource.
    May 5 01:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What Do I Do With My Stocks If The Market Crashes? Part 1 [View article]
    Thank you for more great information. When to sell a blue chip dividend stock that is overvalued? I like Chowder's comment, keep checking fundamentals, as long as the company is performing hang tight. I also take into account secular trends.
    Mar 21 02:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Love My 'Magic Pants' And My Partners Wear Them Proudly [View article]
    Chuck, thank you for your efforts to quote facts (truth) and educate. Your fastgraphs site and your articles have helped me immensely. I am a far better investor because of your work.
    Mar 20 01:52 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A No-Brainer Dividend Growth Investment [View article]
    I kind of see MCD going against the current trend towards "green", "organic", "healthful", "sustaining". I would question how much more growth they will experience as there are MCD's in almost every community. The amount of garbage genereated by fast food chains is unbelieveable. A possible headwind would be a possible large increase in the minimum wage. I own shares, which I will keep for now. MCD will likely continue given the billions in advertising that promotes these kind of products will continue to brainwash the world as to what is needed / healthy. I don't invest in MO, MCD is really not much better.
    Jan 21 02:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment