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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

* 9 High-Yield Managed Distribution Policy Funds

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds (CEFs) are composed of many different individual securities. This usually results in uneven dividend distributions. Some funds have tried to address this with a managed distribution policy. In short, a managed distribution policy is management's commitment to make a fixed periodic dividend payment.

Monday, September 27, 2010

* Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net September 20, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Universal Health Realty Income Trust is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in healthcare and human service related facilities.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

* Weekly Links: September 26, 2010

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, September 24, 2010

* 9 Dividend Stocks Giving Shareholders A Raise

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 to alternative “safe” investments. The advantages dividend stocks have over "safe" investments are potential capital appreciation and dividend growth. Not only are your earnings compounding, but the rate of earnings is growing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

* The 2010 Elite Dividend Stocks List

As dividend growth investors, we want to limit our purchases to only the very best stocks. Our first step is to look at published lists of dividend companies such as S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, US Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index and The U.S. Dividend Champions. These lists are used to narrow the population of all publically traded companies down to the very best dividend stocks. When these lists are combined, as I did with the Stock Ideas list, it is still a large and daunting collection of 218 unique companies. So, how do we find the Elite companies on this list?

Monday, September 20, 2010

* Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net September 13, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Cardinal Health Inc. is one of the leading wholesale distributors of pharmaceuticals, medical/surgical supplies and related products to a broad range of health care customers.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

* Weekly Links: September 19, 2010

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, September 17, 2010

* 12 Stocks Raising Their Dividends

When it comes to selecting dividend stocks, one of the most important items to look for is consistency in raising dividends. Sure it is easy to increase dividends when the economy is booming and business is good, but to be consistent a company has to persevere and continue to increase dividends even during the tough times.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

* Dividend Stocks Poised To Beat Inflation

Investing in dividend growth stocks is not about buying a current high yield, but instead building a high yield-on-cost over time. One of the criticisms I am hearing more often is, "That low yield isn't even covering inflation." This is a very valid concern, if true. To test this criticism, I built a model it and ran several dividend stocks through it. The results just might surprise you...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

* Take Charge of Your Future

When it come to managing your money and ensuring there is enough for the kid's education and a comfortable retirement, financial advisers aren't losing sleep over your future. Make no mistake about it - no one cares more about your future than you. So what's a person to do to make sure his or her future doesn't become a bad "learning experience" or a textbook example of what not to do?

Monday, September 13, 2010

* Medtronic Inc. (MDT) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net September 6, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Medtronic Inc. (MDT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Medtronic Inc. is a global medical device manufacturer has leadership positions in the pacemaker, defibrillator, orthopedic, diabetes management and other medical markets.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

* Weekly Links: September 12, 2010

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, September 11, 2010

* Pocket Change Portfolio - August 2010

The Pocket Change Portfolio (PCP) was first introduced on September 13, 2008 as a real money dividend income portfolio funded by the "pocket change" earned from my various online endeavors. Each month I report on the portfolio's progress and update its holdings.

Friday, September 10, 2010

* 5 Dividend Stocks Providing Positive Feedback

It seems that ever so many years the market turns down and someone declares the death of buy-and-hold. Some even go as far to say that Warren Buffett has lost his touch. With time on their side, the buy-and-hold investors and Mr. Buffett always seem to make a spectacular rebound. As long-term dividend investors our focus should be on acquiring fundamentally sound dividend growth stocks at a reasonable valuation and maintaining our asset allocation.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

* Is It Time To Sell Long-Bonds?

As the market declines and fear sets in, there has been a pronounced movement from equities to bonds. This cash in-flow has helped fuel higher bond prices and lower interest rates. For some portfolios, bonds have been one of the few positives over the last 24 months. Is it possible that bonds are the next big bubble to burst?

Monday, September 6, 2010

* Coca-Cola Company (KO) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net August 30, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Coca-Cola Company (KO). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest soft drink company. It engages in the manufacture, distribution, and marketing of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates, fruit juices and syrups worldwide.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

* Weekly Links: September 5, 2010

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, September 4, 2010

* Progress Update - August 2010

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in August, extending the streak to 2 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 31 of the last 33 months.
My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and updated in my 2010 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

Friday, September 3, 2010

* 7 Dividend Stocks Sending More Cash To Shareholders

If your goal is to accumulate wealth for a comfortable retirement, then there is no risk-free path. Throughout time every angle has been tried and failed. What appears to be a safe investment in a federally insured CD or money market, may not even be covering inflation. Growth stocks don't always grow. The astute conservative investor turns to solid dividend paying stocks with a track record of growing their dividends each year.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

* Stocks That Pay Monthly Dividends

There is a reason that most mortgages are paid monthly and not quarterly. Banks are looking for reassurance the payments will continue to come in. In much the same way, many investors find comfort in owning stocks that pay monthly dividends. There are several advantages to receiving dividends each month over the traditional quarterly, semi-annual or annual dividends. Here are a few, along with some monthly dividend payers:

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