Everything Else Falls; Dividends Rise

Oct. 11, 2018 1:07 AM ET6 Comments
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Dividend Investing, Dividend Growth Investing

Contributor Since 2010

I retired in November 2016 at age 60.

My personal investing goal is to own a portfolio of dividend growth companies such that:

1) The overall portfolio dividend income is sufficient to pay for all of my routine retirement expenses. I do not ever want to be forced to sell something to produce cash, especially when my asset prices are down. [I have no objection to occasionally choosing to sell something to pay for a one-time expense such as a vacation or a gift.]


2) The overall portfolio dividend income rises each year by more than the rate of inflation, so that my purchasing power does not erode over time.

I invest primarily in David Fish's lists of Dividend Champions, Dividend Contenders, and Dividend Challengers. See http://www.dripinvesting.org/tools for those lists.

I do not invest in MLP's or BDC's or CEF's or preferreds.

I maintain a free web site that contains dividend histories for all of David Fish's Dividend Champions, Contenders and Challengers: http://www.tessellation.com/dividends


  • S&P 500 falls.
  • NASDAQ falls.
  • Dividends rise.

The Wall Street Journal reported the following in the Thursday October 11 issue:

Netflix falls by 8.4%.

Amazon.com falls by 6.2%.

Tech stocks in the S&P 500 falls by 4.8%.

Apple falls by 4.6%.

NASDAQ Composite falls by 4.1%.

Communications sector falls by 3.9%.

Consumer discretionary sector falls by 3.7%.

Industrial sector falls by 3.5%.

S&P 500 falls by 3.3%.

Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 3.1%.

The Wall Street Journal didn't report:

Dividends rise.

Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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