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Social Security Getting Nicked? A DIY COLA



July 18, 2011 – Comments (1)

SmartMoney recently reported that the government is considering a change in the way Social Security cost of living adjustments, or COLAs, are calculated.  I can't control how the government decides to calculate Social Security benefits in the future, but I do know of at least one approach that cranks out annual cost of living increases no matter how inflation is calculated: dividend growth stocks.

I sifted through S&P's Dividend Aristocrats list and selected six stocks that look like good candidates to continue cranking out annual payout increases no matter what happens with Social Security. 

Comments or questions welcome, either here or at the article.

Fool on!


1 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 19, 2011 at 3:01 AM, awallejr (34.60) wrote:

Well I am relying on 2 things for my eventual retirement.  Social Security and Dividend income.  Right now if all things stay the same I should be fine.  My biggest concern is not to become a burden on society.  I do urge the "income stream" concept of investing.  Buy the yielders to create a stream which you continue to reinvest.  Obviously monitor to assure that "stream thesis" has not changed for a given pick of course.  Daily or weekly movements in the market should basically be ignored unless a true "thesis breaker" event occurs.

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