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Monday, November 29, 2010

* Pepsico, Inc. (PEP) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 22, 2010.

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

Company Description: PepsiCo, Inc. is a major international producer of branded beverage and snack food products.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

* Weekly Links: November 28, 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.

Below are the carnivals that I participated in this week, along with a link to my article:
Articles I enjoyed reading included (in no particular order):

The DIV-Net Featured Articles
Articles From DIV-Net Members
Articles from D4L-News:
There are some really good articles here, please take time and read a few of them.

(Photo: Sachin Ghodke)

Friday, November 26, 2010

* 12 Stocks Not Missing Their Opportunity To Increase Dividends

In everything we do, we always want to be the best or be associated with the best. You never hear fans yelling, ‘We’re number 2, we’re number 2′, while holding two fingers in the air. The same is true when selecting dividend stocks. One attribute of the very best dividend stocks is a long history of consecutive dividend increases.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

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.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

* 6 Dividend Stocks That Will Make You Smile

At the end of each month I do an evaluation to determine which dividend stocks I will purchase in the following month. There is always a warm feeling of joy that comes over me when when I buy one of my "favorite" dividend growth stocks. These are stocks that have earned a special place in my heart as a result of performing well over the decades and they are generally considered among the best managed companies in the world. Here are the six stocks that make me smile when it is time to buy...

Monday, November 22, 2010

* The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 15, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of The Procter & Gamble Company (PG). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: The Procter & Gamble Company is a leading consumer products company markets household and personal care products in more than 180 countries.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

* Weekly Links: November 21, 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, November 20, 2010

* Pocket Change Portfolio - October 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, November 19, 2010

* 23 Dividend Stocks Paying More Cash

When selecting income investments, the three most important questions to answer are : 1.) Is the investment increasing its dividend each year, 2.) Is the increase likely to continue into the future and 3.) Are you being compensated for the risk you are taking? When you answer yes to all three of the questions, you just might have found an excellent income investment.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

* Dividend Stocks vs. Dividend ETFs

In 1993, State Street Global Advisors launched the first exchange-traded fund (ETF). Now there are literally hundreds of ETFs out there covering sectors, countries, popular indexes and various strategies, including income investing. A frequent question that I get is 'Why do you invest in individual dividend stocks instead of income-based ETFs?' On the surface this seems like a reasonable question since most ETFs are indexed, tax efficient, easily traded, passive and have low expense ratios. However, as we look beyond the ETFs luster, there are several significant reasons why many dividend investors prefer owning individual stocks...

Monday, November 15, 2010

* Kimberly-Clark Co. (KMB) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 8, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Kimberly-Clark Co. (KMB). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Kimberly Clark Corp. is a global consumer products company produces tissue, personal care and health care. Its brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex, Scott and Kimberly-Clark.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

* Weekly Links: November 14, 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, November 13, 2010

* Progress Update - October 2010

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in October, extending the streak to 4 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 33 of the last 35 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, November 12, 2010

* 13 Dividend Stocks Providing A Growing Income

How much money will you need for retirement? This a very difficult question to answer. There are many factors and assumptions that go into estimating the income that will be needed in retirement. However, one certainty is that if you only invest in fixed income instruments, you will need more than if your investments provide you a growing income.

Below are several companies that are providing their shareholders a growing income through higher cash dividends:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

* If Only I Had Known About These Dividend Stocks...

At one time or another, we all have thought, 'If only knew this when I was younger.' I purchased my first dividend stock for income in 2003. Like many newly converted income investors, I was chasing yield. I quickly built a portfolio consisting of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and high yield, high risk stocks. My portfolio’s yield was consistently in the low to mid-teens. Eventually, after some unnecessary losses, I learned there was a better way to invest in dividend stocks. Here is what I learned...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

* Watch The Watch Lists

Today we have a lot of great resources available to help us identify superior dividend growth investments. Most investors will start with S&P's Dividend Aristocrats, the US Broad Dividend Achievers and the U.S. Dividend Champions. When combined, with duplicates eliminated, there are over 200 unique stocks on these lists.

Monday, November 8, 2010

* Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net November 1, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Abbott Laboratories (ABT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Abbott Laboratories is a diversified life science company and is a leading maker of drugs, nutritional products, diabetes monitoring devices, and diagnostics.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

* Weekly Links: November 7, 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, November 5, 2010

* 16 Dividend Stocks Delivering What's Important

For many investors, there is no clear conviction as to how they should invest. Today’s investments are guided by what was read yesterday, and the popular media is constantly churning out new and different ideas. Granted, it makes for some “interesting” reads, but it certainty is no way to run a portfolio. Time has proven the positive correlation between consistently raising dividends and stock performance.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

* 13 Dividend Stocks and 3 ETFs To Balance Your Asset Allocation

If you want to lower the risk of your income portfolio and position yourself to increase returns, you can not ignore asset allocation. Many dividend investors loaded up on banks and other high-yield financials, only to see their portfolios collapse along with the financial markets. So what can you do to protect your portfolio from stock and sector specific declines? Here are some of the steps I take to help protect my portfolio:

Monday, November 1, 2010

* Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net October 25, 2010.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Colgate-Palmolive Company (Colgate) is a major consumer products company that markets oral, personal and household care, and pet nutrition products in more than 200 countries and territories.

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