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Monday, November 30, 2009

* Aflac Incorporated (AFL) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 23, 2009.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Aflac Incorporated (AFL). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Aflac Incorporated engages in the marketing and sale of supplemental health and life insurance plans in the United States and Japan.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

* Weekly Links: November 29, 2009

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al.

Friday, November 27, 2009

* 9 Dividend Stocks Working Hard During The Holidays

As we officially head into the holiday season, many of us in the U.S. did not have to go into work today in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Though not much is happening at the office, there are still many working for me today. Not people, but my Dividend Stocks. It is great to know while I am relaxing with family and watching the big game, those stocks are hard at work providing me an additional income stream.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

* Happy Thanksgiving 2009!

Today is Thanksgiving in U.S. This is a time that most Americans reflect on all that they have been blessed with and give thanks for it. As a dividend stock investor, there are many things to be thankful for this year, including a wonderful family friends and a country that allows me to pursue my dreams.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

* 7 Dividend Stocks To Take The Emotion Out Of Investing

Deep-down in my soul, I am a contrarian. The third quarter market run-up converted most of the great dividend stock buys into 'ok' buys (at best). As September came to a close, I felt a sense of excitement entering October. This is the month that stocks have traditionally gone on sale. I was prepared to make a double allocation (or more) depending on the level of the markets decline. It didn't happen. Once again, investor emotions drove the market in an unpredictable direction.

Monday, November 23, 2009

* Trust Bank Corp. (CTBI) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 16, 2009.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Community Trust Bank Corp. (CTBI). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Community Trust Bank Corp. owns and operates Community Trust Bank, Inc. of Pikeville, KY, which provides commercial banking services in Kentucky and West Virginia; and a trust company.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

* Weekly Links: November 22, 2009

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al.

Friday, November 20, 2009

* 11 Dividend Stocks Increasing Dividends and Long-Term Returns

It is a well-documented fact that a significant portion of the historical equity returns are a result of reinvested dividends. In Triumph of the Optimists: 101 Years of Global Investment Returns (2002), the authors looked at equity returns from capital gains and dividends from 1900 to 2000. They determined that performance in any given year was driven by capital appreciation, but long-term returns were largely the result of reinvested dividends.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

* A Winning Investment Strategy

We all want to succeed in everything that we do, including investing in the stock market. Though I have no analytical data to back it up, I am convinced that most people will lose money in the stock market over their lifetime. So why do so few people succeed at investing? Could it be that an individual's desire to succeed be a significant reason for their failure.

Monday, November 16, 2009

* McDonald's Corporation (MCD) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 9, 2009.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of McDonald's Corporation (MCD). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: McDonald's Corporation is the largest fast-food restaurant company in the world. Its restaurants serve a varied, yet limited, value-priced menu in more than 100 countries around the world.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

* Weekly Links: November 15, 2009

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

* Pocket Change Portfolio - October 2009

Each month I update the Pocket Change Portfolio (PCP). The table below reconciles the PCP from beginning of period to end of period for October 2009, Year-To-Date (2009) and Life-To-Date. The Portfolio Returns line provides the calculated return for the three displayed periods.

Friday, November 13, 2009

* 9 Dividend Stocks Sending More Cash To Shareholders

We all are looking for the perfect dividend stock. In an utopian world, the perfect dividend stock would be one that is both high-yield and provide a high dividend growth rate. Its share price would appreciate ratable with its increasing dividend. All of this would be driven by increasing earnings and cash flow.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

* Improvements To The D4L-Dashboard

Recently, I looked at the sample D4L-Dashboard report on the Overview and Subscribe page and was amazed at all the changes and improvements that have occurred since that report was posted. I knew then it was time to update the Sample Report. Below are some of the enhancements that have occurred since the first report was posted:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

* 7 Dividend Stocks To Slay The Wall Street Giants

Driven by computers that cost more than the average person will earn in their lifetime the investment markets move at light speed. To keep pace hedge funds, mutual funds, institutional investors and multi-billion dollar money managers spend large sums of money on high-tech tools to give them an edge. Throw in some illegal insider trading from big names in the industry and it leaves you wondering what chance does a small individual investor have?

Monday, November 9, 2009

* Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 2, 2009.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Johnson & Johnson engages in the manufacture and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

* Weekly Links: November 8, 2009

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

* Progress Update - October 2009

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income rose in October, extending the streak to 8 months after February 2009's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 22 of the last 23 months.
My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and updated in my 2009 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

Friday, November 6, 2009

* 4 Stocks With Higher Dividends

Investing in Dividend Stocks is a long-term strategy. Frequent buying and selling of dividend stocks can significantly increase your expenses and taxes, thus lowering your returns. A growing dividend is a strong indication of a company's increasing intrinsic value. Great companies that increase dividends tend to have rising share prices over time. Holding only first-rate businesses protects your dividend streams and helps ensure you’ll also get steady price appreciation.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

* Dividend Stocks: A Disciplined Approach

Those that have read this space for any period of time are well aware of my enthusiasm for using dividend growth stocks as a vehicle for building long-term wealth and income. However, with that said, a successful investor must do more that just buy stocks that pay a growing dividend, or more that focusing on a single metric such as dividend yield. Not all dividend stocks are created equal - there is a discipline to selecting good dividend growth stocks.

Monday, November 2, 2009

* Courier Corp. (CRRC) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net October 26, 2009.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Courier Corp. (CRRC). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Courier Corporation publishes, prints and sells books. Founded in 1824, Courier has two lines of business: full-service book manufacturing and specialty publishing.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

* Weekly Links: November 1, 2009

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al.

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