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  • Are Growth Stocks Appropriate For Retirement Portfolios? [View article]
    Hi Chuck,

    Once again, excellent article. I am long CTSH and FB. I noticed CTSH a year or so ago and decided that the growth prospects we too good to ignore so I bought in and now have a nice little capital to deal with. :) As for Facebook, I watched my oldest daughter significantly raise listenership at a local radio station when she suggested a social media strategy and program in conjunction with the news/talk programs. I don't really get the fascination with Facebook so that clearly separates me generationally, but I certainly recognize results when I see them. I am happily dealing with another cap gains problem with it.

    Thanks for your excellent article.
    Jul 23, 2014. 06:17 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Contenders: 23 Increases Expected In The Next 11 Weeks [View article]
    No worries. Thank you.
    Jul 21, 2014. 08:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Second Quarter Portfolio Review: Building Dividend Growth And Quality [View article]
    And Pratt and Whitney is part of UTX, and they make the jet engine of choice for the BA 737 Max, 787 and 777 new models.
    Jul 20, 2014. 12:31 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Contenders: 23 Increases Expected In The Next 11 Weeks [View article]
    Thanks for the report, David. I've owned BHP for a number of years. Besides a decent dividend, it has been very good to me from an appreciation standpoint. I think I'll look into some of the others. Any favorites I might start with?? Thanks.
    Jul 19, 2014. 03:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Owens & Minor - Finally Some Action Following The Acquisition Of Medical Actions Industries [View article]
    Hardly a ringing endorsement for the company, but with this acquisition perhaps some cost cutting can take place and some synergies too. I am long OMI with a smaller position and hopeful for the future.
    Jun 29, 2014. 01:11 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Intel's Dividend Is A Head-Turner [View article]
    While I don't agree with all of your statements about Intel, I do agree that it will continue to be one of the best dividend growth stocks, and maybe general growth stocks available especially at its present price level. I have been accumulating Intel stock monthly for the past several years and I intend to continue that accumulation into the foreseeable future unless fundamentals change.

    I have been responsible for the construction of a number of very large (and expensive) semiconductor manufacturing plants during the course of my career. I can tell you that the Intel folks are zealots at what they do. They are as much responsible for the success of the personal computer industry as either Microsoft or Apple is. They invented the semiconductor way back when, and pioneered the micro processor. They are far from done in terms of innovation. Those who think Intel has lost its edge are much mistaken. They generate gobs of cash, and do plenty of research to support new products. Their gross margins are obscene and will certainly support more than modest dividend growth over the next number of years.

    I am happily long on Intel, and will continue to get "longer" over the next few months. Happy investing to all of you.
    Jun 27, 2014. 07:55 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 5 Stocks Giving Their Shareholders A Raise With Higher Dividends [View article]
    Thanks for the report.
    Jun 13, 2014. 03:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Golub Capital: BDC Dividend Coverage Part 9 [View article]
    Good article. Thank you.
    Jun 8, 2014. 02:50 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Dividend Growth Portfolio's 6th Birthday Report [View article]
    Six years? Has it really been six years! My, oh my. Thanks for all of your articles and for sharing your portfolio with us all over the last six years. I have been following a similar approach with my own dividend growth portfolio with one exception. When my positions in a stock are on the smaller side I drip the dividends for ease of reinvestment. Once the dividends get in the $40-50 range I accumulate them and invest in the best option when I have $1000 set aside. You suggested accumulating and reinvesting the dividends that way to me several years ago. It works well. Thank you.

    Although I am not yet ready to retire, I am continuing to build my positions with new investments each month as I can afford to invest the cash. I haven't done any return calculations in part because the new investment of funds complicates those calculations, but I do use the Chowder Rule, I think that's what he calls it, to measure my progress. So far, so very good.

    Thanks for a great update, David, and thank you for sharing your work and insights with us.

    Best regards,
    Jun 1, 2014. 10:39 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • TCP Capital: BDC Dividend Coverage Part 3 [View article]
    I agree. Great series of articles. Thank you.
    May 29, 2014. 04:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirees Please Don't Index, You Deserve Better Than Average [View article]
    Hi Chuck,

    Thanks for your work on this article. I think it is one of the best that has appeared on the Seeking Alpha site and clearly paints a picture while suggesting a strategy for dividend reinvestment for those who have a few more years before retirement, like me. With all the analysis we all tend to do your simple comparison is about as telling as it gets to support investment in good quality dividend paying stocks. It would be interesting, and perhaps profitable too, to apply the same analysis to the Contenders and see how that plays out.
    Unfortunately of the 8 Aristocrats that I check out on Fast Graphs, the ones that are near the top of the out perform list, all are shown as quite overvalued. Buying them at these valuations probably would produce a different return scenario. Any thoughts? I'm going to keep your fine article, put the stocks I don't already own on the wish list, and see what happens to these stocks in the next correction/downturn.
    Once again, thank you for a very insightful article.
    Best regards, Chris
    May 29, 2014. 04:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Income Investors Earn 11.32% Annual Yield Rate Now [View article]
    I'm not sure I wouldn't go the other way. That is, sell a cash covered put, say October 14, for a strike of 25. You'd get some money and keep the upside potential, but you also would have to want to own more of the stock at a price of $25 less the premium you were paid in selling the put. Me? I wouldn't mind owning a lot more Intel at a $24 and change price.
    Apr 21, 2014. 11:11 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Periodic Table Of Dividend Contenders [View article]
    Thank you for your work on the chart. Like so many of the others who have already commented, I agree it is a very valuable tool and I appreciate the effort you make to put it together and share with us.
    Best regards, Chris.
    Apr 6, 2014. 11:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Bank Of America: Not Just A Dividend Growth Story, It's Undervalued [View article]
    Well maybe. I have banked with Bank of America personally and corporately for many years. These days I find it to be a trying experience. They have managed to turn around the old phrase, "the customer is always right" into something akin to the customer is never right and we won't let him directly talk to anyone that can make it right. Perhaps most big banks run their operations the same way as B of A, but that's hard for me to believe. After banking with Bank of America since 1937 we moved our accounts elsewhere out of complete frustration in dealing with the bank on trust account issues as well as successor issues. I am sure that my experience can not be an isolated one. about a year or so ago we also divested ourselves of our B of A stock which had been held for many years. So the stock may be undervalued, but in my opinion it is undervalued because there's not much value to be had.
    Apr 5, 2014. 05:24 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Aren't The Dividend Aristocrats And Dividend Champions The Same? [View article]
    Well too bad you didn't like David's analysis. I found it interesting to know the differences. Good investing too you.
    Mar 30, 2014. 03:28 PM | 16 Likes Like |Link to Comment