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Monday, January 31, 2011

* Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BDX) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net January 24, 2011.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Becton, Dickinson and Co. (BDX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Becton, Dickinson and Co provides a wide range of medical devices and diagnostic products used in hospitals, doctors' offices, research labs and other settings.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

* Weekly Links: January 30, 2011

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:

Friday, January 28, 2011

* 28 Dividend Stocks Acting Like a Money Machine

Readers of this space know that the primary focus of my investing efforts is to build an ever-increasing income income stream by investing in dividend growth securities. This means that often I will choose a lower yielding security with better dividend growth prospects over a higher yielding security. As one that values diversity, I also invest in some high yield securities. However, any dividend stock that I invest in must have an increasing dividend.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

* 10 Higher Yield Dividend Stocks

It's human nature for new income investors to focus on yield. Many eventually learn that above average yields often carry an above average risk of a dividend cut, loss of invested capital or both. People involved in extreme sports/hobbies, such as base jumping, hang gliding and shark diving, do things to minimize risk and protect themselves. In much the same way those investing in high yield dividend stocks, can do certain things to increase their chance of success...

Monday, January 24, 2011

* AT&T Inc. (T) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net January 17, 2011.

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

Company Description: AT&T Inc. provides telephone and broadband service and holds full ownership of AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular Wireless). AT&T Corp. was acquired in late 2005 and BellSouth in late 2006.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

* Weekly Links: January 23, 2011

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:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

2010-Q4 Progress Review

After each quarter-end I review my asset allocation and year-to-date total returns by category. The attached PDF contains my actual asset allocation as of 2010-Q4. Below is a high-level summary of the information contained in the PDF:

Friday, January 21, 2011

* 25 Stocks Building Wealth Through Higher Dividends

To ensure a retirement that is free from financial concerns, there are certain things that must be done today. The stock market does not travel in a straight line. There will be times it will behave irrationally. These are the times that try an investor's patience. Those with clear goals and confidence in their chosen strategy aren't phased by these market movements. Building a secure future by investing in quality dividend growth stocks is neither complicated nor overly burdensome.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

* What Will Your Dividend Income Be When You Retire?

To ensure a retirement that is free from financial concerns, there are certain things that must be done today. The stock market does not travel in a straight line. There will be times it will behave irrationally. These are the times that try an investor's patience. Those with clear goals and confidence in their chosen strategy aren't phased by these market movements. Building a secure future by investing in quality dividend growth stocks is neither complicated nor overly burdensome.

Monday, January 17, 2011

* Harleysville Group Inc. (HGIC) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net January 10, 2011.

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

Company Description: Harleysville Group Inc. underwrites a broad array of personal and commercial coverages. These insurance coverages are marketed primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

* Weekly Links: January 16, 2011

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:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

* Pocket Change Portfolio - December 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, January 14, 2011

* 6 Dividend Stocks Raising Dividends and Expectations

Gregg S. Fisher noted in a 2009 Forbes article that the assumption that investors are rational agents is bunk. He went on to say "We are not rational. We’re human. Even the most brilliant investor can be swayed by emotions into making irrational decisions that result in financial loss."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

* Who Owns The Top Dividend Stocks?

The internet provides investors with so much useful and interesting information. I could not imagine going back a decade or so and trying to analyze stocks without the internet - waiting for quarterly reports to be mailed for owned companies and calling the investor relations contacts for information on unowned companies. One of my job responsibilities is the statutory reporting for the corporation I work for. Filing 10-Ks, 10-Qs and other such required reports is often tedious, but it gives me a great appreciation of what information is available, including who owns some of the top dividend stocks...

Monday, January 10, 2011

* Nucor Corporation (NUE) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net January 3, 2011.

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Nucor Corporation (NUE). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Nucor Corporation is the largest minimill steelmaker in the U.S., Nucor has one of the most diverse product lines of any steelmaker in the Americas.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

* Weekly Links: January 9, 2011

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:

Saturday, January 8, 2011

* Progress Update - December 2010

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in December, extending the streak to 6 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 35 of the last 37 months.

Friday, January 7, 2011

* 2 Dividend Stocks Building Future Yield and 10 Going Ex-Dividend in January

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. So, what chance does a small individual investor have?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

* D4L Premium Services Offers A New Way To Subscribe

I appreciate all the feedback I have received on the D4L Premium Services. I have been able to implement many of the great ideas that were presented by subscribers. One request that I have received over and over again has been to offer an alternative way to pay.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

* 10 Under-Valued Dividend Stocks

By many measures, 2010 was a great year for dividend growth stocks. There were far fewer dividend cuts and fewer companies that failed to raise their dividends at the expected time. From a valuation standpoint dividend stocks performed quite well, with many income portfolios outperforming the S&P 500.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

* AFLAC Incorporated (AFL) Dividend Stock Analysis

This article originally appeared on The DIV-Net December 27, 2010.

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

Company Description: Aflac Incorporated provides supplemental health and life insurance in the U.S. and Japan. Products are marketed at worksites and help fill gaps in primary insurance coverage. Approximately 75% of revenues comes from Japan and 25% from the U.S.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

* Weekly Links: January 2, 2011

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:

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