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The Real Risk With Dividend Growth Investing

May 25, 2017 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CLX , UL , BF-B

There are risks to many strategies. Some risks include permanent impairment of capital, due to an investment that ends up going to zero. Some companies would usually cut or eliminate dividends a long time prior to going under. This usually serves as a last warning sign to long-term investors like myself that something is broken in the business. But dividend cuts are not the biggest risk to dividend growth investing. This is not the risk I will discuss today.  [more]



The one lesson about Warren Buffett's success that no one wants to hear

May 06, 2017 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: BRK.B , BRK-A , BRK-B

Warren Buffett is the most successful investor of all time. Warren Buffett was able to keep learning about investments and business from the age of 11, which allowed him to compound money for decades.

The real secret behind Buffett's success is that the guy worked incredibly hard to achieve his record all his life. Buffett loves learning, thinking and breathing about investments. That is why he has been able to spend 60-70 hours a week for 70 years in a row, doing what he loves best, and building his fortune to over $70 billion. Buffett always liked his freedom to pursue his own passions at his own pace. He was actually financially independent at the ripe age of 25

You cannot put that into a formula. There is a lot of money to be made selling "secret formulas" to investors. Some even write papers, and reach erroneous conclusions that he only made money because of his investment float or because he collected high fees during the days of the Buffett Partnership. In reality, Buffett made money because he is a great investor - the insurance float only magnified his returns. And during the days of the Buffett Partnership, he was paid for performance, and he still trounced all benchmarks.  [more]



Five Myths About Index Investing

March 08, 2017 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: VTI , SPY , VXUS

Index investing has become extremely popular in recent years. A lot of new investors have embraced the strategy in recent years. Unfortunately, many investors are embracing the strategy by believing certain myths that are simply not true. I am going to examine several of their problematic thought points, and discuss why they are myths that could hurt those investors in the future. In reality, there is nothing magical about index investing.  [more]



Best Articles for 2016

December 23, 2016 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , MO , PEP

I wanted to thank you all for reading the Dividend Growth Investor website. This site is a result of my efforts to improve my investing over time, write down and organize my thoughts, and make myself do the work to form an opinion on companies to invest in.

I find it helpful to write down my position on a given topic, and then revisit it a few years later, in order to learn from it. I would encourage all of you to keep an investment journal in private or in public, in order to write down reasons behind your strategy and the investment selections you are making. After a few years, you should be able to learn from your mistakes, and hopefully find ways to improve your results.

The way to improve is by gathering data, and analyzing the results against your expectations. I followed this approach to find out the most read articles on the  Dividend Growth Investor website.

I have compiled a list of eight articles that readers found helpful in 2016, as evidenced by number of visits. The articles include:

1) How to set up your own perpetual income machine

2) 24 Dividend Champions for Further Research

3) Nine Attractively Valued Dividend Stocks to Consider

4) My Five Largest Dividend Portfolio Holdings for the Long Term

5) Building a Core Dividend Growth Portfolio With These Eight Companies

6) Dividend Aristocrats List for 2016

7) Dividend Aristocrats for Dividend Growth and Total Returns

8) Dividend Champions - The Best List for Dividend Investors

It is very nice to see that my readers are interested in the tools of the trade, such as the lists of dividend champions and dividend aristocrats, which many use as their starting point in their screening process. It is also interesting to see that readers like actionable lists of companies for further research that they can analyze in more detail.

Thank you again for reading.

Dividend Growth Investor  [more]



How To Become A Successful Dividend Investor

December 22, 2016 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: JNJ , MO , PEP

There are several guidelines about becoming a successful dividend investor. They are centered around several key points I am going to be discussing in the next three weeks. I will be updating this post with links to articles on the process of becoming a successful investor.

The series of articles over the next three weeks will be a high level summary of my dividend investment plan today. If I were to start dividend investing today, I would find the collection of posts to be of tremendous value. In other words, the articles I will be posting are similar to a free course on dividend investing.

Lesson One: How to identify your dividend investment goals?

Lesson Two: Where to search for investment opportunities?

Lesson Three: When to buy dividend paying stocks?

Lesson Four: How to analyze investment opportunities?

Lesson Five: How to Manage Your Dividend Portfolio

Lesson Six:  How to deal with new cash from dividend payments

Lesson Seven: How to monitor your dividend investments

Lesson Eight: When to sell your dividend stocks?  [more]

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