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  • Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for some part-time workers [View news story]
    Just the tip of the iceberg. All the other companies following the Walmart blueprint wont be far behind.
    Oct 7, 2014. 08:14 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • My DGI Plan: How I Keep Investing Simple [View article]
    Thanks Dave and Divneer for your reply. Dave I have been using your spreadsheet for months and have failed to notice the most recent increase column until now. Probably why my wife tells me that I never pay attention to the details. Thanks for the explanation. Jason
    Jan 5, 2014. 02:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • My DGI Plan: How I Keep Investing Simple [View article]
    Chowder how accurate is Fidelity when it comes to it's dividend growth numbers? Seems like they don't match up with the ccc spreadsheet. Fidelity has NSC at 4% for it's one year growth so I put it on probation. I am up almost 50% and have already trimmed it once. I was thinking about taking profits and adding either Target or Hcp. I don't want to sell a winner but it would equal almost 15 years of dividends plus it does have a low yield. I am not sure what the right move is. I am also a little rattled after watching the Chiefs blow a four touchdown lead to the Colts. Maybe I should wait a month before making any financial decisions. Jason
    Jan 4, 2014. 10:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Darden: Dividend Darling To Drop? [View article]
    Thanks Chowder, I think I will be selling on Monday as well. The dividends I would have received wont be worth the piece of mind I will get with not having to worry about the price dropping. Thanks for your insight. I have learned so much from your blog and comments. Thanks again, Jason
    Sep 21, 2013. 08:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Darden: Dividend Darling To Drop? [View article]
    Chowder do you think the price will continue to drop possibly breaking through 44 support level?.

    I would like to sell but may wait until October 10th to collect the dividend. I just can't see them being able to sustain their current dividend growth with an already high payout ratio.

    Thinking about using the proceeds to buy either PM or MO.
    Sep 21, 2013. 05:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Future Retirees - Build Your Retirement Portfolio On A Firm Foundation [View article]

    Thank you for the great article. Like you and your wife, we have been living frugally since our early twenties. Now that I am 38, we have been mortgage and debt free for seven years. Like you, I hope to retire in my mid fifties and live on the dividends. I like your foundation stocks and hold several in my accounts. I am looking to add some of the others when they get cheaper.

    Today I actually bought a new car and it felt damn good to tell the guy that I would be paying in cash.
    Apr 2, 2013. 01:00 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Market Strategies - Buy Low, Sell High [View instapost]
    This is one of the best articles I have read on Seeking Alpha. I personally worry more than a pregnant nun when it comes to deciding when to buy or sell. You have laid out some great strategies that I now hope to implement. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. It is greatly appreciated. Jason
    Mar 6, 2013. 09:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Beat Inflation - Hold 3M Company Stock For Many Years [View article]
    I find it hard to believe that the current inflation rate is 2%. As a butcher working in a grocery store, I know what a chuck roast sold for last year and what it is going for now. Lately you can't go an hour without hearing a customer gripe about the price of meat. I consider myself a dg investor and have recently started to build my portfolio. My plan is to hold this portfolio through retirement and live off the dividends. I am hoping to retire in 20 years. My question is if the inflation of the 70's returns, would it be foolish to continue this strategy?
    Feb 4, 2013. 10:21 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Portfolio For Do It Yourselfers: What We Are Buying (Part 2) [View article]
    Dave, Thank you for continuing to update the progress of this portfolio. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and wisdom from your articles. Over the past year I have purchased afl, nsc, and csx. This article validates that I am on the right track in regards to how I value a stock. Hopefully this will lead me to a successful portfolio like this one. Much Appreciation,
    Jan 10, 2013. 01:06 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Getting The 'What' Correct In Your Portfolio [View article]
    AgAuMoney, I appreciate your comment and advice. My wife has also diagnosed me with suffering from paralysis. I guess I tend to spend a lot of time on the couch reading and learning about investing.

    I like how you invested your pension and that may be a better option for me instead of trying to time the market. I have never had this much money to invest at one time and I don't want to make any bad decisions.

    In full discloser I actually have a Sharebuilder account and a couple of months ago activated the monthly $4 trades. I even started a small position in WM yesterday.
    Sep 27, 2012. 09:34 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Getting The 'What' Correct In Your Portfolio [View article]
    Great article. This is something that I have been struggling with as of late. My mattress is currently bursting at the seems due to inheriting a substantial amount of money. I would love to pick a basket of stocks yielding 4% and distribute the money equally. I just have a feeling that if I did that the market would have a major correction and I would miss a huge opportunity. On the other hand, I am also missing out on increasing my dividend stream. I may wait until after the election and then put it all on red.
    Sep 25, 2012. 11:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time For Dividend Growth Investors To Be Buying Cyclicals? [View article]
    I have been patiently waiting for stocks on my wish list to drop to a level where I feel comfortable in initiating a position. For example I am looking at wag, pg, cop, and wm. My problem is that as I read articles about these great companies my confidence is shaken and I begin to wonder that maybe they are not so great. You read about walgreens overpaying for an acquisition or procters growth rate lagging its peers. I guess my question is that do I need to look long term and realize that these short term problems are the reason they are undervalued. Or are these companies even at a good entry point?

    Jun 22, 2012. 10:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • And The Beat Goes On: Lessons Learned From Dividend Investing [View article]
    I can usually be persuaded with a free hat or shirt. When I first started in the grocery business after a couple of months I was promoted to frozen food manager. One day the Red Baron pilots came to town and the rep gave me a ticket to ride in a Bi-plane. The pilot strapped on my parachute and away we went. I don't know the names of half of his stunts, but I'm sure we did a few barrel roles and a couple of hammerheads. I loved every minute of it and for the Red baron rep, he had prime location to display his pizza any time he wanted.
    Apr 10, 2012. 06:26 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • And The Beat Goes On: Lessons Learned From Dividend Investing [View article]
    Dave, I do believe you could sell a ketchup popsicle to a lady in white gloves! Thanks for another great article and sharing your portfolio with us.
    Apr 10, 2012. 05:08 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Portfolio For Do It Yourselfers: A Winning Combination Of DG Stocks [View article]

    Thank you for the advice on limit orders. I have learned so much in the last couple of months by reading articles and comments from this group. I just hope I can use that knowledge to implement my plan as well as you guys have.
    Mar 31, 2012. 03:19 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment