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July 2009



Dividends4Life Signs Off

July 12, 2009 – Comments (4)

I have enjoyed my time on Caps and all the new friends I have met over here.

With regrets, I will not be updating my Caps blog in the future.

If you have enjoyed my postings, I invite you to vist my blog at

Fool On!




Walgreen (WAG) Increases Its Dividend 22%

July 11, 2009 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: WBA

A person’s character is defined not in the good times, but how they react in the time of a crisis. History is littered with examples of ordinary people doing extraordinary things at a critical time. Names like Rosa Parks (civil rights), Frank Fong (WW II fighter pilot) and James A. Lovell (astronaut) will forever be remembered as a result of  their actions in a time of crisis. In much the same way, dividend investors in the future will look back at the 2008-2009 economic crisis and judge the character of dividend companies by how they reacted.  [more]



Optimizing Your Asset Allocation

July 10, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KO , JNJ , MMM

When to buy a stock and at what price are very important decisions. However, serious investors will tell you the most important decision is how you allocate your assets. I have recently stepped back and took another look at my asset allocation with an eye toward how it will change as I approach retirement.  [more]



Stock Analysis: United Technologies Corp. (UTX)

July 08, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: UTX

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of United Technologies Corp. (UTX). It is important to note that this is the first week of using my updated analysis model, so you will see some changes from earlier analyses. Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]



Nine Stocks Giving Shareholders A Raise In The Second Quarter

July 07, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GIS , IBM , TGT

In 1985 I graduated from college and took my first job as a staff accountant with a $21,000 annual salary. Now I am over the same department that I was hired into and entry level staff accountants start with a base salary of $56,500 per year. That equates to a 4.2% annual increase. Just as employees expect an annual raise, so do dividend investors. 

Understanding the importance of increasing dividends, these big-name companies raised their dividends in the second quarter:  [more]



Four Stocks With Strong Dividend Growth Metrics

July 03, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: AFL , MCD , NUE

When evaluating a company as a potential income investment you look at its calculated fair value, ability to generate cash, debt position and the net present value of its dividend stream compared alternative “safe” investments.  [more]



Five Aristocrats That Have Been There Before

July 01, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD , PEP , WMT

In  sports after a player or team scores there is a celebration. Sometimes the celebration is extreme and designed to focus attention on the individual. As a kid growing up in the 70’s and 80’s this behavior was not tolerated. The coaches would say, “Act like you been there before.” There is something to be said for those that consistently perform at the highest levels, like the Dividend Aristocrats.  [more]

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