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  • How My Family And I Overcame Obstacles To Be Better Off Than 4 Years Ago [View article]
    Mike: I very much appreciate your "life story." Life and finances/investing are about so much more than some sort of mechanical financial system or a formula to be followed that can be backtested. You've told us a bit about your values, and ups and downs and how it's all working out. Those of my age draw affirmation and hope from stories such as yours. Younger persons would do well to learn from it. Crosetti is a master at this genre'.

    I voluntarily left the corporate world in 1979 in favor of owning my own business. Had I stayed I'm sure I would have been downsized in the 80's or forced to move from Idaho to Pittsburgh.

    I haven't made the money I thought I would. My Master's degreee was useless. Over the last two years the business has lost 1/3 its value and I take 70% of my past salary, which was modest to begin with. My wife is teacher whose pay has been frozen for 3 years, but over the years my family and I gained a measure of satisfaction and happiness. The foundation is my faith, but it certainly helps to have no debt and no mortgage.

    Instead of chasing the next big growth stock and reading chart after chart, DGI investing has become one of the keys to our financial future. Like you we spend less than we bring in, our net worth is increasing, and the dividends are growing.

    I hope this doesn't sound like a tale of woe. It's not meant to be. In an inadequate way I'm trying to say "it's all good." God is good, life is good, my wife and kids love me. Reach 65 this week and looking forward to seeing what's next.
    Oct 2 09:32 AM | 18 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Portfolio For Do It Yourselfers [View article]
    SDS: Why would you ask Norman or anyone else to go through such a useless exercise? Would/could you invest in every stock in the CCC list? Norman doesn't need me to defend him, but if you want to produce a time consuming, academic exercise, then perhaps you should invest your own time in the project. CCC is not some sort of index or bucket in which to dump your money. It's not a benchmark. It's a great starting point which gives you opportunity to perform your own due diligence and to think for yourself.
    Sep 6 11:32 PM | 12 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Current Review Of Dividend Safety Superstars - Part Two [View article]
    User: Advisor4 started it all for his own personal reasons. Nevertheless too many people are rising to the bait. This seems to be a repeating occurrence in recent articles. Must not be enough activity in the ETF thread to keep them occupied.
    Jun 13 12:03 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement's 4% Rule: Why Mr. & Mrs. Income Don't Need It (Part 1) [View article]
    Clam & Cake: FINALLY after all the arguing and posturing back and forth about left wing/right wing politics, SS, and health care; a practical, usable idea outside the article itself. Your ideas had not occurred to me--thank you. David, as always, your articles advance my thinking and planning for the future.
    Sep 2 06:52 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Perfect Investment Portfolio: It's All About The Income, Right? [View article]
    Dave: "that idea is a mute point." Actually it's a "moot" point. Your point is definitely not silent, but spoken quite strongly. :-)
    Aug 8 08:50 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Dividend Stalwarts Outperforming The S&P 500 Since 2006 [View article]
    Chuck: In addition to providing a specific analysis of these stocks, I think I finally "get it" about your F.A.S.T. graphs. Although I follow your articles, I didn't really understand how to interpret your graphs. Your tutorial here was clear, concise, and helpful. Beyond these particular stocks, you've advanced my decision making process for the future. Thanks!
    Sep 8 11:49 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Growth Investing: Creating Your Own Dividend By Selling Shares (Part 1) [View article]
    qualquan: Is it a bad thing to live off dividends, SS, savings, pensions, etc? I won't have a $1 million portfolio, but it's not due to bad luck or good luck. It's due to my own ignorance for most of my life. I don't complain that I don't have $1 million, I count my blessings for what I do have and that the income will be there to supplement my other resources. You are right that the percentage of persons with $2 million + is relatively small, and perhaps a few were lucky in some way--inheritance? But most will have earned it, saved it, planned for it.
    May 21 05:14 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Champions for May 2011 [View article]
    David: I can only imagine the work this must take. As a recent convert to d-g investing, I appreciate what you are doing for the community. Would you check your dividend for MCHP? My charting software shows the dividend as 0.345. A mere pittance, but perhaps for the sake of accuracy.
    May 1 09:50 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Kinder Morgan Sued For Paying Too Much Dividends To Investors [View article]
    Doing: have to disagree, as an investor in KMI I want to know about litigation that may impact my investment. I don't need a slew of commentary, but I would like genuine news follow ups and the final outcome.
    Feb 9 09:29 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Attention Dividend Stock Investors: Your 10 x 10 x CCC Shopping List [View article]
    5+: Thanks for your work!. I see a lot of symbols I've never considered, so now you've challenged me to dig deeper and see whether or not any of them might fit for me. You always seem to have a combination of imagination, skill, and intelligence.

    nothingvery clever
    Nov 20 10:11 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Dividends Matter In A Changing Market [View article]
    Bern: I received only one dividend from HGIC, and had expected to hold it for the long term. I assume you're not truly disappointed, when you consider how many years of dividends you would have needed to nearly double your investment. I took the gain, and am happily redistributing the profit. My position was in a Traditional IRA, so taxes are a non-issue.

    If you still want an insurance holding, investigate CINF.
    Oct 10 01:09 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Income Without the Dividend: A Strategy for Generating Income in a Down Market [View article]
    DVK: I interpreted the author's statement re "wiping out the dividend yield" to mean that a loss on the stock's price could be greater than the income already received from dividends. This would be only a paper loss unless the holder closes the position; closing the position would generate the loss.
    Jun 14 06:29 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How to Buy the Right Dividend Stock - At the Right Price [View article]
    TonyP4: I don't think being enthusiastic about one author's article disparages other authors. Indeed there are many good authors at SA with different philosophies and styles. This article obviously struck a note with lots of readers. If Five Plus's articles are beneath you, I suggest that you not read them.
    May 19 12:51 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will The Allure Of Dividend Growth Continue? [View article]
    Dave: For sure there is no going back--only forward. My "stupid" was being too passive and relying on a broker friend to look after my best interests. Then I became too active and learned about technical charting, trends and all the rest along with options. Sunk a lot of money into trying to make money at that game. Finally I stumbled upon SA, DGI and fundamentals. Amazing--now I not only have a growing dividend income, but also unrealized capital gains that could take a significant whack and I'd still be ahead.
    Feb 15 06:35 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Transitioning To A Dividend Growth Portfolio [View article]
    Inzkeeper: As I've read your article and comments I was reminded of Proverbs 31: 10-11ff.
    An excellent wife, who can find?
    For her worth is far above jewels.
    The heart of her husband trusts in her,
    And he will have no lack of gain.

    Feb 28 08:50 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment