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  • Emerson Electric - A Price Hike Is Definitely Expected [View article]
    I'm long EMR (among others). You're article is articulate and a good read, and I'll be watching for a further drop in EMR price before I increase my position. I like DG investing, with an eye toward value...and EMR is still a bit too pricey for me. Thanks for your time to contribute here...I wish I knew enough to contribute to the collective at SA. I'm still too much an amateur.
    Feb 4 08:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Only Reason For Automatic Dividend Reinvestment [View article]
    50 years old here, and dripping everything. Will retire in 2 years and start drawing the divvies instead...earning about 4 1/2% on $725K. That, plus a small (and very early, at 52) pension will be enough. Drip has been great to me, through up and down markets my portfolio has grown and I'll be retiring on entirely off the dividends, and leaving the (hopefully) millions to my heirs. DGI investing, and automatic reinvestment of dividends, in a core group of sound and stable companies works. That, is what I know.
    Jan 28 08:32 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Review Of The 2013 Dividend Champions, Contenders And Challengers [View article]
    It's interesting...a breakdown I had not previously seen. I also use the CCC list (thank you Mr. David Fish, very much) and check the Chowder score (thanks to you as well, Mr. Chowder). I'll be taking early retirement soon, living off dividends of some core CCC list stocks (ARLP, COP, DE, EMR, INTC, KO, LEG, MCD, MSFT, NSC, PG, SYY, WM) plus some others that I saw potential in but never made the list. Your analysis and breakdown are great, wish I had more insight to answer your remaining questions. What I've done has worked for me, and I hope yours works for you. Thanks for your time to investigate and share with the readership. It's appreciated.
    Jan 28 08:14 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My Dividend Growth Portfolio: 7 Buying Guidelines [View article]
    Very disciplined approach. Commendable. I adhere to a similar set of metrics when evaluating potential candidates for my portfolio, with a similar end game in mind. Thanks for taking the time to spell it out so clearly.
    Feb 14 06:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Assessing Risk: Forestry And Farmland Investment [View article]
    Considering PCL on a 20+ year time horizon as a small wedge (5%) in an increasingly diverse portfolio. Also believe there are other ways to avail exposure in agriculture, without actually buying the land, I.E. DE, MON, DD, CAT, to name a few. Novice investor here, like many I suspect, trying to secure something stable for a future in a perpetually uncertain world.
    Feb 13 01:46 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Cut Overhang Removed, Exelon Set To Fly High [View article]
    Correct. Not me....
    Feb 10 10:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Beauty Of Holding These 3 Dividend Kings For Long Periods [View article]
    Same...totally lost on the math here...and I'm an Engineer, presumably quite good at math....
    Jan 28 08:55 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evaluating The Value Of Active Management [View article]
    @NEL. Try Fidelity. Pick a fund, then compare it's 10 year history to any index ETF you like...SPY, DIA, etc. It's a chart, easy to read and understand...very important to novice investors like myself.
    Jan 13 03:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The All-Aristocrat Team: 20 Dividend Stocks Retirees Should Own In 2013 (Part 4) [View article]
    5 years away from retirement, I'm long on a pretty high yield portfolio of WM, TOT, MCD, EMR, KO, PG, SYY, RSG, NSC, EXC. Current average yield 3.9%. Average payout ratio under 50%. More big oil on my radar with COP next, RDS.A and BP to follow. Tracking DD as well. That would bring the average up to around 4.1%. This, I am comfortable with. The rise and fall of share price (as noted in a previous comment) is just noise. I'm going to get paid anyway. I do not intend to draw this portfolio down...the roughly 15K / year in dividends from this group (pretty equally weighted, 350K being divided among them) will provide about 25% of my annual income stream. I like individual stocks. ETF's and Mutual Funds have all those's like you have to buy them again every year. Stock in the brokerage account costs $9.99 to buy. Once. That's it. I'm a novice investor...but that Fund and ETF thing just seems like another middleman trying to get a cut of my earnings...and I don't need that. Am I a crazy person?
    Jan 13 02:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sprucing Up Your Buy And Hold Portfolio [View article]
    I'm sticking with buy and hold. Long on high dividend blue chips. It works. Share price goes up /down...not important. Dividend increases every year. Pension plus the dividends is one happy and secure retirement. Hope the rest of you figure it out as well....
    Jan 7 08:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividends: Still The Best All-Season Investment Strategy [View article]
    In your article you stated, "This week I did some modeling". I can just picture you at the tutu and stilleto's. Shocking!!! My silly sense of humor aside, it's food for thought. I'm long dividend blue chips...don't care if it's enormous gain...they pay. Every quarter...
    Jan 7 08:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dump Your Bonds? I Think Not! [View article]
    I'm such an amateur...but trying to learn. Enjoy reading the articles and comments from all of you contributors here...for sure picking up some guidance for my own retirement looms large on my horizon (thank God). Totally ready to lose the 'rat race'..........
    Jan 1 04:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment