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The Grandson Project, Part IV

Selecting companies....

I'm not smart enough to look at a balance sheet, and let's face it, ENRON's or Worldcom's, balance sheets probably looked good at one time. Heck, GE (and the 'too big to fail' banks), probably all had GREAT balance sheets before the financial pandemic hit.

Hey... The Wizard of Oz even looks a bit like Jack Welch...

After all, as Inspector 'Dirty' Harry Callahan said:

Instead, I look for companies that provide goods and/or services that I understand. Since The Grandson Project is a DRiP portfolio, the companies MUST pay dividends. Slow growth isn't an issue. Remember the Aesop's Fable, 'The Tortoise and the Hare'?

I prefer the classic Disney version over the Looney Tunes. No slight to Bugs Bunny though.

It's difficult to sell the idea of 'slow and steady', when trying to hold back the 'I want it NOW' generation, that are looking for exponential growth over slow compounding. Dividends? "We don't need no stinking dividends!"

(Hedley Lamarr is my all time favorite Harvey Korman role.)

Looks a bit like David Fish without the tinted glasses???

Here's the first three holdings in alphabetical order:

Conoco Phillips (NYSE:COP) -- NYSE

Industry: Oil refining, chemicals

Number of shares needed to join the DRIP: 1 Share(s)

Note: This is when purchase through Temper of the Times Investor Services, Inc. And Temper charges a $30 fee for DRIP Club Members or $60 for members of the general public. If account is established directly with the transfer agent: www.computershare.com, the initial investment is $250, and there is no additional fee to set up the account.

Minimum amount accepted by the plan for subsequent investments: $25.00

Maximum amount accepted by the plan for subsequent investments: $120,000/year

Fees charged by plan for subsequent investments: Co. pays fee

Fees charged by plan for dividend reinvestment: $0!

Recent Price: $57.66

COP is a dividend contender, having raised it's dividend 12 consecutive years The stock is yielding 4.58%, for a quarterly dividend of $.66. The portfolio currently holds 6.321912 shares. The reoccurring monthly investment I've added is $70.00. More than enough to purchase 1 additional share per month.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE:DPS) -- NYSE

Industry: Beverages-Non-alcoholic

Number of shares needed to join the DRIP: 1 Share(s)

Note: This is when purchase through Temper of the Times Investor Services, Inc. And Temper charges a $30 fee for DRIP Club Members or $60 for members of the general public. If account is established directly with the transfer agent: www.computershare.com, the initial investment is $250, and there is a $15 additional fee to set up the account.

Minimum amount accepted by the plan for subsequent investments: $50.00

Maximum amount accepted by the plan for subsequent investments: $100,000/year

Fees charged by plan for subsequent investments: $0.00

Fees charged by plan for dividend re-investments: $0.00

Recent Price: $44.28

DPS hasn't made it on the CCC list yet, it started paying dividends in 2009 and has raised it's dividends every year since then. It should become a dividend challenger next year. DPS is a recent addition to the portfolio, replacing HNZ (which is still held pending acquisition). The stock is yielding 3.45%, for a quarterly dividend of $.38. The portfolio currently holds 5.786656 shares. The reoccurring monthly investment I've added is $60.00. More than enough to purchase 1 additional share per month.

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) -- NYSE

Industry: Elec. equip., broadcasting & fin'l serv.

Number of shares needed to join the DRIP: 1 Share(s)

Note: This is when purchase through Temper of the Times Investor Services, Inc. And Temper charges a $30 fee for DRIP Club Members or $60 for members of the general public. If account is established directly with the transfer agent: www.cpushareownerservices.com, the initial investment is $250, and there is a $7.50 registration fee to set up the account.

Minimum amount accepted by the plan for subsequent investments: $10.00

Maximum amount accepted by the plan for subsequent investments: 10,000/week

Fees charged by plan for subsequent investments: $3.00

Note: This is a transaction fee, only if you mail in the funds using a check. There is a $1.00 ACH fee, per transaction, that is made online or monthly.

Fees charged by plan for dividend reinvestment's: Co. pays fee

Recent Price: $23.59

GE is a fallen angel. Although it has a 100 year history of paying quarterly dividends, it cut that quarterly dividend in June 2009 from $.31 all the way down to $.01. Since then, the quarterly dividend has recovered to $.19. And will probably increase that sometime this year. The stock is yielding 3.2%, for a quarterly dividend of $.19. The portfolio currently holds 9.8735 shares. The reoccurring monthly investment I've added is $50.00. More than enough to purchase 1 additional share per month.

Next installment: HAS, HNZ, JNJ, K, NSC, and SNH

Disclosure: The author is long COP, DPS, GE, HAS, HNZ, JNJ, K, NSC, SNH.