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  • Retirement Stocks For Those Under 50 Years Old And Those Over 50 [View article]
    Being a lurker (read:"infrequent commenter") and fairly new to SA, I find myself to be more of a student than teacher. However, I would agree that either very low yield coupled with very high DGR or high yield coupled with very low DGR leads to a riskier investment than a more "middle of the road" approach of moderate rates/yields for both. That being said, I appreciate those who contribute their time and energy into SA articles. Frequently, the discussions following the publishing of articles is of equal or perhaps greater value than the original article itself. Thanks DVK and NT for your work.
    Nov 30, 2011. 10:30 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Own These World's Leading Brands And Never Fear A Recession Again [View article]
    Note to self - "be sure to read SA b4 bed, because if you don't you miss all the excitement." I would like to add it is the SA forum that I can point to for my success in investing. Prior to "discovering" SA and all the fine authors, I was a mutual fund investor. No SWAN there; I had minimal control on gains and losses. Only when I got fed up with the managers' performance compared to peers and market. For me, a futile exercise. However, over time I moved out of my funds and into individual stocks. I have bought (and sold) using authors' opinions expressed through articles here as a starting point for further research. "I am not a paid spokesperson," but I have got to tell you, my subscription to FG is the one tool I would not go without. I find Prof. Chuck's articles to be must-read and the subsequent comments only add to my knowledge base. BTW, managing 35 stocks is not difficult, and just provides greater opportunities to pick and choose where to reinvest into existing holdings.
    Jun 7, 2013. 07:23 AM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sleep at Night Investments: Utility Preferred Shares [View article]
    5+I - The headline caught my eye and the content kept my attention. While a relative newcomer to SA, I have scoured the site looking for info on preferred shares. So naturally, this article filled an educational gap for me. I am hoping your future articles will include your thoughts regarding portfolio allocation for Blended Approach, so that in my retirement (about a decade away) I will not be counted amongst the "desperate retirees" (an appropriate term for too many people today). Thank you for your research.
    Apr 27, 2011. 09:11 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • SEC Inquiries: Opportunities, Wrapped In Hysteria, Inside A Catastrophe - Part I [View article]
    Thanks 5+, good to see your articles again. I added to my BBEP holding on the news last week. Previously, in 2009, I rebalanced my 401k on "bad news" when the market was dumping my corporate stock, only to double my investment by end of the year. It's not too often that perceived bad news provides an great opportunity to add to a portfolio.
    Jul 8, 2013. 07:12 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 100 Dividend Champions for August 2011: New Data, New Columns [View article]
    David, thank you for your dedication and hard work to keep the CCC spreadsheet up to date every month. I especially appreciate the integration of other contributors' theories and observations. I was glad to see the addition of the means and standard deviation (similar to the "bumpiness"). Again, thank you for all you do.
    Jul 31, 2011. 10:05 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Love My 'Magic Pants' And My Partners Wear Them Proudly [View article]
    I find my time is spent wisely in the class room of Prof. Chuck, than someone who appears to be a Johnny-come-lately standing on their soap box. I didn't read the article when it first came out so I did now. Obviously, to me, it is the SA community which is the ultimate judge of the overall wisdom of the authors. I am ok if there are people who don't want to be part of the DG gravy train. Thanks to the best monthly subscription I have ever purchased (F.A.S.T Graphs) and the sharing of sound ideas, I have built a diversified portfolio that not only pays income for reinvesting, but also provides substantial capital gains when I want to "cash in" my chips. Chuck, I owe you a big stein of hard cider.
    Mar 19, 2014. 06:35 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Do I Know When To Sell A Stock? [View article]
    Nicely done professor Chuck. I have used the same thought process in the past with FAST Graphs as a decision tool. While I have not been in an "insane valuation" situation, I have used overvalued vs. undervalued comparisons to capture capital gains and to find new investment opportunities.
    Dec 18, 2013. 03:30 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Attractively Valued Blue-Chip Dividend Champions For Your Retirement Portfolios [View article]
    Great job Chuck combining David Fish's CCC list with FAST Graphs. A couple of my holdings used to be considered "fairly" valued when I bought (KMB and RPM) and now they are "over" valued which has only strengthened the bottom line. FAST Graphs allows me to find those stocks which are in their value spot and avoid purchasing companies that have increased due to Mr. Market's current over exuberance.
    Jan 24, 2013. 06:56 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Effect Of Dividends On Stock Prices: Is There A Connection? [View article]
    Nice article David. It always seems like the non-believers of dividend growth investing always find some means to knock the concept. Perhaps the difference in the group of companies (whether they be Aristocrats or Champions) as compared to non-paying dividend companies is a commitment to allocate an expense to their owners (dividends payments to share holders) whereas non-payers make a conscious decision not to have that particular expense. I like the companies that share their wealth.
    May 4, 2014. 07:58 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Many Of My Dividend Growth Stocks Have Become Overvalued, What Do I Do Now? [View article]
    Thank you Prof. Chuck. Best article I have read on SA in quite a while. I have wrestled with many of the same questions; in the past I have used the information from FAST Graphs to buy and sell whole positions and appreciate the perspective of selling only partial positions of over-valued stocks. At the beginning of the year, I sold all of my KMB, RPM and LEG, and captured in capital gains multiple years worth of dividend income and found other under or fairly valued companies. My thoughts are not cast in stone, but I think if I can sell my over-valued positions at a profit and capture 5+ years of dividends by doing so, that will continue to be my course of action.
    Apr 26, 2013. 06:56 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • When Should I Transition From Capital Gain Investing To Dividend Growth Investing? [View article]
    Nice article Robert. It is widely understood that rising dividends are usually the result of rising earnings, which in turns lead to rising share price (all things being equal, so to speak). So the compounding of reinvesting those rising dividends is usually accompanied by rising share price. And that strengthens the case for DGI.
    Sep 26, 2012. 03:37 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 30 'Overdue' Dividend Increases Threaten Streaks [View article]
    David, I appreciate your fine, hard work. Not only do you go through the tremendous work of providing everyone with the CCC information, you also "give" us this valuable series.

    One thing I have learned in life is to look before you leap. It's too bad others spout unfounded criticism without providing the facts.
    Jun 26, 2012. 10:55 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where I Stand On Contributing [View instapost]
    I don't comment very often (perhaps I am a lurker), but this hit home with me. I have missed your contributions, as I am pleased with my decisions based on your 10x10xCC info.

    My 19 yr. old drove me crazy until he moved out on his own. I just came back from UT visiting him, and he is growing up fast, making a lot of his own decisions. (I did have an awesome visit, perhaps both of us needed some time and distance.) The best you can hope for is that the important stuff has sunk in.

    In addition, the tolls of self-employment are great; I was SE for nearly 20 yrs. before deciding my industry was on the verge of collapse and exited. It did cost me my first marriage (don't let it happen to you!) and now I am in the corporate world with health insurance and a 401k. If you can make it long term both personally and professionally, my hats off to you. But in order for you to give to others, you have to give to yourself first. My thoughts (and prayers) are with you and your family.

    Apr 10, 2012. 03:49 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Taking Cover: A Strategy For Dividend Stock Investors During A Market Pullback [View article]
    I am in the same spot. Even researching through SA for articles, I find opinions differ as to the value, safety, etc. of using option strategies. I went looking on-line for more infout side of SA, and was overwhelmed by the info. An "options 101" article would be great.
    Mar 23, 2012. 08:34 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Is Dividend Growth Investing Like Rental Property Investing? [View article]
    I am late to the party, but a very good article Robert. I only wish I had recognized this when I was 20, and not at 50!
    Mar 18, 2012. 04:58 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment