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  • Overreaction to Walgreen staying in Chicago? [View news story]
    WAG also lower 2016 guidance from $4.25 to $4.60, below the current FactSet consensus of $5. The market is overreacting nothing here that's not fixable. Long term this is a nice opportunity so I'm adding to my position.
    Aug 6 02:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Total Dividend Return Will Guide My 2014 Investment Decisions [View article]

    Excellent article! Thanks for sharing your process and results. With most of us on the accumulation side it is good to see strategies for the distribution phase. I use a similar DGI stock screening process. Since DGI stocks as a whole generally perform better in down markets, due to their quality, moat, and basement floor that is created by the rising dividend yield as the price drops, etc. I have not been too concerned with using beta as a metric. But after reading your article I think I will incorporate it to have a better historical perspective, especially as you mentioned through the last two major bear markets (2008, 2002).

    I like to use Morningstar's value ratings since they tend to run on the conservative side. At the end of my selection process I group my DGI stocks by sector and then I sort them by discount to fair value (on sale). I couldn't find any online DGI tools to do this, so I added them to my website ( feel free to check them out. Your article has given me some more ideas on what I should add to make these tools even more helpful to DGI investors, as well as those in distribution phase like yourself.

    Thanks again!
    Mar 7 02:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Qualcomm's 2014 Dividend Increase [View article]
    Tradevestor: Thanks for the excellent analysis on QualComm dividend growth and future growth potential. Qualcomm also recently bolstered their position with the acquisition of roughly 1,400 patents mostly acquired from HP. Their patents
    power countless different models of smartphones and tablets.

    I like the combination of QualComm's growing royalties and increased patent holdings in the mobile market, which strengthens their competitive advantages (economic moat). Part of my dividend growth stock selection is to only consider companies that have competitive advantages at least a narrow preferably a wide economic moat.

    QualComm is one of the of the top dividend growth stocks that I follow. I'm looking to start a partial position on a pullback around $70.
    Mar 5 11:18 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • From Secondary To Primary Source Of Income: A Bigger Secret For Our Youth [View article]
    David, I just read your article and was very impressed with your insight into dividend growth investing and compound interest over time! I learned about DGI 5 years ago and believe it is by far the best long-term investing strategy. Unfortunately I discovered it later in life, I'm 51 . You are very fortunate to have learned about (and more importantly practicing DGI) at an early age. Kudo's to your awesome Dad's influence and your foresight to act on it!

    Learning DGI later in life has driven me to help young people learn early enough in life to take advantage of the tremendous power of years of compounding combined with dividend growth, so they can retire early in life. Hopefully to spend some of their early retirement years helping others and making the world a better place.

    Like you my passion to get our youth educated and involved inspired me to build a website called to help young people learn DGI and start investing early regardless of their investing experience.

    Check out the website the basic service is free. If you get a chance let me know what you think and how I can reach out to the youth to get them involved in building their dividend income to achieve financial freedom early.

    Thanks again for the great article and spreading DGI to the younger generation. I totally agree parents can start by teaching our kids just like your Father did for you.
    Mar 6 02:10 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is The 4% Rule Becoming The 3% Rule? [View article]
    Myer thanks for the financial planner story. Personally I have never bought into the 4% withdrawal retirement strategy. Why sell the geese that are laying the golden eggs assuming you don't have to. To me the idea of drawing down your saving to outlast the timing of your death (an unknown factor) is too open to failure and uncertainty. I plan to retire on income only and not have to dip into my principle. That way my principle is available as a backup plan if some unforeseen problems arise or passed on to my family and/or favorite charity.

    The good news is that retiring on income alone is achievable when enough time is allowed to let the power of compound interest (reinvested dividends) and dividend growth cook!
    Mar 2 06:29 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index - An Incomplete List For Dividend Growth Investors [View article]
    I could not agree more! David Fish's Dividend Champion list is the definitive source for dividend growth investors. I have been using it to search for strong companies that consistently raise their dividends each year for some time now. Dividends don't lie!

    David thanks for all your dedicated work on developing and maintaining this great invaluable resource!
    Mar 1 04:54 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment