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  • Practicing Patience With General Electric [View article]
    He responds.....the ball is in his court on this one.

    Took a look at your other SA comments. For your sake I hope GE gets to $30, if only so you can get out. I get tired of the GE haters that always complain about the company and any author with a bull stance, but continue to hold the stock themselves. If you hate it that badly, sell and move on. It IS that simple.
    Feb 6, 2015. 10:12 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Practicing Patience With General Electric [View article]
    On the other hand.......I read a lot of articles on SA that are either bull or bear on a particular stock or industry. The author presents his case, doesn't respond to comments, then seemingly disappears altogether. There is ZERO follow-up on whether he made a good or bad call, or whether the situation for that company or industry has changed.

    Dump on this author if you want, but at least he'll respond to comments and provide updates on the calls he's made. And if he starts to change his mind on a company, he'll tell you exactly why he's forming a new opinion. Those people are in short supply on SA. Whether I agree with him or not, his work much more valuable to me than many of the "hit-and-run" pieces that typically get posted.
    Feb 6, 2015. 08:40 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't Worry About Missing The Bottom [View article]

    I love your articles -- you have a great way of identifying very commonplace investment issues and providing clear examples to prove your point.

    I have a handful of times that I've hit the bottom or timed the top, but that rarely happens. I have a lot of times that I've come relatively close.....or, I've simply done good enough. I think of it this way: At the end of the day, if I get to my own investment goals, why should I care if I bought KMI $3 higher than I could have? (Full Disclosure: In the short term, that's exactly what I did.) I bought at $38, someone else bought at $35 -- if we both meet our long-term individual investing goals, good for both of us.

    I'm in this game for a while, and I believe in KMI (as I believe in the other companies in my portfolio). In 5+ years, I probably will not recall whether this was "the best" time to buy KMI or "a good" time to buy KMI. And that sentiment goes for anything else I purchase.

    Dec 25, 2014. 03:45 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AT&T Vs. Verizon: Which Is Best In A Highly Competitive U.S. Wireless Space? [View article]
    Buffett also publicly said that his best case scenario on IBM was that the stock price should languish for 5 years or so. Perhaps a CBI move from $80 to $40 represents a great long-term scenario, letting him average down.

    Buy hey, if your long-term scenario extends only to next Thursday, then maybe you're the genius here.....
    Dec 25, 2014. 02:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Young Investors - Why Increasing Risk Is A Bad Idea For Your Portfolio [View article]
    There are an awful lot of SA readers who started out with a "high risk/high reward" strategy, and eventually moved to DGI. Their stories are similar -- soared high at times, fell low at times, then decided there must be a better way. I'm sure there are some who stick with high risk/high reward, but those folks generally aren't reading and commenting on the same articles I am.

    Great article. When my kids start this process in a couple of years, I will tell them that the 2 biggest investing gifts they have are time and persistence. You can have lots to invest or just a little, but time and persistence are things they'll have in both up and down markets. Tight on cash? No problem -- reinvested dividends will continue growing their accounts. Market tanked? No problem -- if they've done their due diligence and picked good companies, those companies will typically find their way back. And in the meantime, those regular, persistent contributions -- no matter how small -- plus their divvys will be buying shares at a discount.

    You don't need to swing for the fences -- a good game of "small ball" will still get you all the way around the bases.

    Aug 28, 2014. 12:34 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2 Key Tests For The True Dividend Growth Investor [View article]

    Great food for thought. It will be interesting to see what happens when the market eventually has a big swoon, and not necessarily to the levels you described. I take heart in the fact that during the 2007-2009 period, when I was mostly invested in mutual funds through my 401k, I just kept right on contributing -- didn't alter my investments bit. (In retrospect: I should have moved my future contributions into equity funds, anticipating an eventual recovery. But at least I didn't stop my contributions and get out of the market to stop the bleeding, like several of my colleagues did.)

    Based on 2007-2009, many DGI stocks that I currently hold fell less and recovered more quickly, and one would hope that those conditions would prevail again. Because I focus more on growing my dividend income, rather than capital gains, it would be much more distressing for me if I started seeing a wave of dividend freezes or cuts. That's where my real test lies.

    Great article, as usual.

    Aug 14, 2014. 03:54 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why It Can Be Self-Destructive To Compare Yourself To The S&P 500 [View article]

    Apparently mkemac is willing to dismiss this entire article because he thinks it's all an effort to push your e-book. Please do me a favor and be more overt with your book selling in future posts. Apparently I was too easily distracted by the valid and logical points you were attempting to get across to notice your sinister ulterior motive. Shame on you, Tim -- shame!

    Jul 29, 2014. 09:24 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fallen Dividend Champions: I Still Have No Fear Of A Market Crash: Part 2 [View article]
    chowder: "Market goes up, I get paid. Market goes down, I get paid."

    Two simple sentences that sum up why I'm a DGI. If someone wants to make things more complicated using a different process, then good luck to you....
    Jun 20, 2014. 06:35 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Procter & Gamble: Expect A Dividend Yield On Cost Of 3.7% In 2 Years [View article]
    compound annual growth rate
    Jun 20, 2014. 05:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Annaly Is In My Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    I bought at roughly the same level. Dividend reinvestment, some averaging down -- my cost basis is now in the high 12's. I hate the paper loss too but it's slowly heading in the right direction.....some more patience will get me back to even, then put me slightly ahead over time.
    Jun 12, 2014. 11:21 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Annaly Is In My Retirement Portfolio [View article]
    Really like this series on your individual holdings. And not just because we have similar positions across portfolios.

    Also, while I'm at it......You've taken a lot of crap for "flip-flopping" on NLY, but I appreciate the fact that you've clearly articulated your thought process each time. You're just doing what all of us should all do from time to time -- look at a holding, determining whether something has changed and whether it still fits our investment strategy.

    I believe you sold your NLY at the time; I held. I'm happy with my decision, and I'm sure you're happy with yours. There are no one-size-fits-all investing solutions.
    Jun 12, 2014. 10:46 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Buy Of The Month: Target Corporation [View article]
    Nicely done, and good purchase…..for the right reasons. I also have equal weight holdings between TGT and WMT -- the only retailers I think I need to own, as they cover a lot of territory all by themselves. (And, as we know, not necessarily the same territory.)

    I think all the data theft and Canada stuff will eventually play out. A few years ago, when I took my initial position in WMT, there was a lot of SA chatter about the investment being a "decade of dead money," etc. Charts supported that, but they also showed that divvys and earnings were growing throughout that period. Eventually WMT broke out of its range for good and -- ya' know what -- I don't see that argument being made about the company any more. I'm fairly certain TGT will get over these hurdles and we won't be talking about them at all in 3-5 years.

    I've really enjoyed your blog and the fact that you're now contributing to SA more frequently. Good luck, and keep up the great writing!
    Jan 15, 2014. 06:51 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seasonality Suggests Owning Railroads In Q1 [View article]
    No Norfolk Southern? Would like to know your thoughts on that RR……Thanks!
    Jan 3, 2014. 06:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Blue-Chip Investing And The Back End Of Compounding [View article]
    Great answer – since I was already using a hybrid approach, and I’ll put some more thought into simply DRIP-ing a few of my “tentpole” holdings.

    The only problem I’ve ever had with pooling divvys is similar to arguments I’ve seen about selling DGI stocks: Sure, you can sell a winner if you want, but do you have a replacement stock that’s as good or better? In other words, is it better to DRIP the JNJ long-term and keep building that position, or is it better to add to an already-full position in IBM because the market temporarily doesn’t like the company? I know, I know – there’s no true way of knowing which answer is correct until all is said and done……

    What nice first-world problems to have.
    Nov 7, 2013. 03:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Blue-Chip Investing And The Back End Of Compounding [View article]

    Great article, as usual. But it got me debating the DRIP vs. strategic deployment of divvys question…..What’s your opinion and approach?

    Personally, I tend to take the divvys as cash, then redeploy them at some point to purchase either a new (preferably undervalued) position, or increase my holdings in a current position trading at fair value or less. However, with free DRIP services I modify that approach on occasion – right now, I’m taking my dividends in cash except for my positions in CAT, DE, IBM, GE, etc., where I feel like I can DRIP them at a nice discount. Once every couple of weeks I’ll review my DRIPs and decide whether to add or remove holdings – depends on valuation and where the market is taking them at that point in time.

    I’m always conflicted because your JNJ examples, I assume, include regular dividend reinvestment along the way. That’s a good argument for DRIP-ing your core holdings, but there are plenty of other good arguments for strategic redeployment.

    There isn’t a clear right or wrong answer here, but I am curious about your thoughts…….Thanks!
    Nov 7, 2013. 11:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment