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  • Dividend Investors To Face Significant Challenges Going Forward [View article]
    The debate today has been a pleasure to read. I use David's champion's list as "one criteria" for screening a stock. Remember, the champion's list was originated for the drip/long-term investor in mind. Drip investing is becoming "less practical" as companies charge fees (PFE/CLX), while "broker fees" continue to plunge. Merrill Edge offers (30 free trades) with a "minimal balance", while others (Firstrade) offer free dividend reinvesting. Good Luck to All !!!
    Jan 28 10:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Investors To Face Significant Challenges Going Forward [View article]
    The strategy of a "dividend investor" should be long-term. Therefore, valuations will fluctuate over time, which validates the cost-average approach. If interest rates rise, so will earnings as the two usually coincide with a "stronger economy". You're seeing that now with PG and GE's earnings. There's more "wealth to be built" from dividend stocks "over time" than any other metric out there.
    Jan 28 09:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • DRIP Investing: How To Actually Invest Only A Hundred Dollars Per Month [View article]
    Here's the requirements on trading for free.

    To qualify for $0 equity and ETF trades, you must meet one of these criteria:

    Maintain total combined balances of $25,000 or more in your Bank of America, N.A. deposit accounts: checking, savings, FDIC-insured CDs or FDIC-insured IRAs
    Maintain total combined balances of $25,000 or more in cash balances in your Merrill Edge self-directed account(s): Bank Deposit Accounts sweep option with your Cash Management Account (CMA) or Retirement Assets Savings Program (RASP) sweep with your IRA
    Qualify for the Platinum Privileges® program, which requires that you have an active Bank of America personal checking account and maintain at least $50,000 as a combined balance in your Bank of America deposit accounts and/or your Merrill Edge brokerage accounts

    If you exceed the 30-trade limit during one calendar month or if you don't qualify for $0 trades, your online commission per equity or ETF trade will be $6.95 per trade.
    Jan 7 07:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • DRIP Investing: How To Actually Invest Only A Hundred Dollars Per Month [View article]
    Merrill Edge Account (Bank of America) offers 30 (free monthly) trades with a minimum balance. Why drip at all, when you can buy shares for free. You need, a checking account and a minimum balance "with any" Bank of America account of 25K. Of course, getting the 25K for "new investors" could take some time. So a good strategy, could be to drip for free and then move those shares to Merrill lynch. Here's the link below.

    http://bit.ly/WnwWga
    Jan 7 07:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • DRIP Investing: How To Actually Invest Only A Hundred Dollars Per Month [View article]
    I've been drip investing for 3 years now. The problem that i've seen, is that "more and more" companies are charging fees. Pfizer just added fees and Altria increased theirs. It's also wise, to enroll in online statements/literature. Computershare and others offer this option, which reduces mail clutter. Most of my plans are nearing 5K, so my goal is to sell off each plan and feed my Roth account. much easier to keep track in a Roth, plus you can withdraw "your contributions" at anytime.
    Jan 7 06:53 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Get A Front Row Seat With This High Yielding REIT [View article]
    Brad, great article!!! For those drip investors, EPR offers a free program on both the purchase, and dividend reinvestment of shares. A nice way to venture in gradually. Link to drip programs below.......

    Thanks, Robert

    http://bit.ly/Rxzufa
    Jan 4 11:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • January 2013 Dividend Champions, Expanded Edition [View article]
    David,

    With the Merrill Edge, there's no trading requirements, only a "minimum balance" requirement. Take the cash on the dividends, reinvest "on your pace" for free. Firstrade, reinvests dividends for free, however trades are 6.95. If you own 20 or so stocks, it should not be difficult to buy stocks on dips.

    Thanks Robert
    Jan 4 08:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • January 2013 Dividend Champions, Expanded Edition [View article]
    David,

    I understand, but I couldn't imagine "my employer" giving me a raise in January, and then, 23 months later, here's your yearly raise??? To me, Sonoco Products is not a champion. Chowder is correct, there's flaws in way "increases" are interpreted. I screen "dividend stocks" differently, than I guess most?

    Thanks Robert
    Jan 4 08:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • January 2013 Dividend Champions, Expanded Edition [View article]
    chowder, there's a bunch of companies (Cincinnati Financial) that do the same thing. They string out their increases "to make a list" that's flawed. 8 quarters with "no dividend increases" should be red flagged, or on a different list.

    Thanks Robert
    Jan 4 08:28 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • January 2013 Dividend Champions, Expanded Edition [View article]
    chowder, Sonoco went 8 straight quarters with no increase. (5/14/08 to 5/14/10). To me, that's not a champion.

    Thanks Robert
    Jan 4 08:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • January 2013 Dividend Champions, Expanded Edition [View article]
    Also David, I was not pleased with Pfizer's NEW charges on their drip plan. I'm hoping, we don't see a trend, where all the no-loaders start charging fees? Almost better off, buying dividend stocks with Merryl Edge (Bank of America) and take advantage of their free trades. Of course, you need a "minimum balance" of 25K in any one account.

    Thanks Robert
    Jan 4 08:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • January 2013 Dividend Champions, Expanded Edition [View article]
    Hello David,

    Sonoco Products (SON) "did not" raise their dividend in 2009.
    You provide a great service, shame I had to correct a simple mistake.

    Thanks Robert
    Jan 4 07:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2013 Dividend Tax Impacts [View article]
    WmHilger1, How was I incorrect with my post? I highlighted a few strong points of investing in a Roth. You can withdraw "your own contributions" anytime without penalty/tax. Here's an older article on Roth withdraws.

    http://bit.ly/RMBH7G
    Dec 8 11:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 2013 Dividend Tax Impacts [View article]
    For the young investors out there, puts more focus on investing
    in a Roth/IRA ASAP. Shame the Roth is capped at (5K single, 10 K married). The beauty of the Roth is that you can withdraw contributions (not gains) without a tax hit. Easy to figure out how much you invest when maxing out contributions. 20 years or so, of investing in "quality dividend" stocks, and you have 100K which you basically can withdraw "no tax" liabilities. Wish I started a Roth in my 20's.
    Dec 8 12:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Intel Blew Its Mobile Business - Or Did It? [View article]
    Don't underestimate Qualcom's financial position!!! QCOM has 14 billion cash VS Intel's 10 billion. QCOM has no debt, while Intel is in the hole for 7 billion. Market caps are almost a wash. So the question becomes? Who would you rather own the next 5 years? Also, Qcom doesn't have to worry about losing billions in lost PC business, so there's a premium of owning QCOM right now. Things can change, but I'm banking my money in QCOM. For those that keep bragging about dividend yield, I'd rather own a stock that provides both yield and appreciation. The reason Intel yields 4 percent is because there's no growth. It's almost a telecom or utility play now.
    Oct 26 11:59 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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