The financial environment we are operating in continues to add complexity to setting a definitive 2010 investment goal. It seems we have quickly moved from dividend cuts to "irrational exuberance". After divesting my income portfolio of unproductive stocks and ETFs, it is much stronger than it was a year ago. Throughout 2009, I have lowered the portfolios risk and increased the quality of its holdings.
Looking to 2010, I anticipate it will be better than 2009. That's not to say the market won't have a rough ride. I fully expect (and welcome) a correction. However, I don't foresee the same level of dividend cuts we had to endure over the last 12-18 months. A correction in the market will provide opportunities to pick up world class stocks at lower prices. With that as a backdrop here are my updated goals going into 2010:
I am confident that I will finish the year with higher annualized dividend income than where 2009 ended. In addition, I feel good that my string of sequential months of higher annualized dividend income will continue through 2010.
If it were easy, everyone would do it and success wouldn't be nearly as satisfying. Here's to an exciting 2010!
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