Wednesday, December 31, 2014

HCP, Inc. (HCP) Dividend Stock Analysis

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

Company Description: Health Care Property Investors, Inc. is a California based equity-oriented real estate investment trust that has direct or joint venture investments in health care-related facilities across the U.S.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What's Your Retirement Vision?

Where there is no vision, the people perish.
-- Proverbs 29:18

Let's look at a couple of definitions from dictionary.com:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Weekly Links: December 28, 2014

Each Sunday I highlight any notable articles that I came across over the past week, along with any Carnivals I participated in. 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, December 27, 2014

November 2014 Pocket Change Portfolio Performance

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 dividends earned.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Dividend Stock Analysis

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

Company Description: Microsoft, the world's largest software company, develops PC software, including the Windows operating system and the Office application suite.

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Tags: MSFT, AAPL, ORCL, GOOG,

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

On this special day...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nucor Corporation (NUE) Dividend Stock Analysis

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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Stock Dividends - The Gift of Nothing

Have you ever been tempted to wrap up an empty box and give it to your spouse for your anniversary. You could say something mushy like, "this isn't an empty box, it is filled with all my love." I don't know how your spouse would react, mine would see through this ploy as me just trying to be cheap.

Monday, December 22, 2014

7 Stocks Providing Their Shareholders a Growing Income With Higher Cash Dividends

The life-blood of a sound dividend growth strategy is a growing dividend. Often the initial yield of a dividend growth stock is less than other available stocks, but the dividend growth stock comes with an expectation of reasonable increases year after year. This compounding effect will quickly grow the stock's income. It is well worth the investor's time to find companies that can deliver on this expectation.

Below are several companies that are providing their shareholders a growing income with higher cash dividends...

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Tags: O, MMM, PFE, BA, LLY, GE, ABT,

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Weekly Links: December 21, 2014

Each Sunday I highlight any notable articles that I came across over the past week, along with any Carnivals I participated in. 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, December 19, 2014

2015 Investing Goals

My goals were originally defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and last updated in my 2014 Investing Goals. Like last year, I will exceed my 2014 goal of $30,000 in annualized dividend income. Looking at my long-rang goals, I am on track to reach my 2017 goal of $42,000. The 2027 goal of $110,000 is not as clear. My model now indicates I could surpass it in 2025.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chevron Corporation (CVX): Is Now The Right Time To Add To Your Position?

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

Company Description: Chevron Corporation is a global integrated oil company (formerly ChevronTexaco) has interests in exploration, production, refining and marketing, and petrochemicals.

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Tags: CVX, BP, XOM, COP,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cardinal Health, Inc. (CAH) Dividend Stock Analysis

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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's More Powerful Than Compound Interest?

Simple interest is where interest is calculated on the original principal amount and unpaid interest is not added to the principal for future calculations. Compound interest is what occurs when interest previously earned and is unpaid is added to the principle and is considered when calculating future interest - i.e. earning interest on interest. This is an extraordinarily powerful wealth building tool.

Monday, December 15, 2014

8 Stocks Taking Their Dividends Up A Notch

Throughout history there have always been great companies that stand head-and-shoulders above their peers and the competition. They are loved by their shareholders, hated by the competition and known by all. Just as all great companies have something in common, great dividend companies also have something in common. All great dividend companies have at least one characteristic in common – they consistently raise their dividends each year.


Below are several companies stepping up with higher cash dividends...

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Tags: BMY, VTR, EIX, BMR, GPT, COR, HASI, AXS,

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekly Links: December 14, 2014

Each Sunday I highlight any notable articles that I came across over the past week, along with any Carnivals I participated in. 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, December 12, 2014

Dividend Income Progress Update - November 2014

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in November, extending the streak to 53 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 82 of the last 84 months.

My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and last updated in my 2014 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Realty Income Corp (O) Dividend Stock Analysis

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

Company Description: Realty Income Corporation is an equity real estate investment trust that owns commercial retail real estate properties in the United States.

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Tags: O, DDR, NNN, MAC,

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN) Dividend Stock Analysis

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

Company Description: Texas Instruments Inc. is of the world's largest manufacturers of semiconductors, this company also produces scientific calculator products and DLP products for TVs and video projectors.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dividends vs. Stock Buybacks

With interest rates near zero, there is virtually no value created for shareholders by holding a lot of cash and this has left many companies with a desire to return the cash to shareholders. But how to return the cash has become the great debate. Dividends or stock buybacks, which method of returning cash to shareholders is superior? Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. In some cases one is clearly preferable over the other.

Monday, December 8, 2014

8 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 found in the very best dividend stocks is a long history of consecutive dividend increases.

Below are several dividend stocks that did not miss their opportunity increase cash dividends...

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Tags: CHRW, ECL, DIS, NUE, HI, ERIE, SNV, DFT,

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Weekly Links: December 7, 2014

Each Sunday I highlight any notable articles that I came across over the past week, along with any Carnivals I participated in. 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, December 5, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) Is Facing Fierce Competition

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the largest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart operates a chain of over 10,000 discount department stores, wholesale clubs, supermarkets and supercenters.

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Tags: WMT, COST, TGT, PSMT,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

D4L Premium Services' Price Will Never Be This Low Again

Since its introduction in July 2009, the D4L Premium Services has seen excellent growth in both features and subscribers. It started with the initial release of the D4L-Dashboard. Then other services were added such as Analytical Reports, D4L-Alerts, D4L-Data, D4L-Forums and the monthly D4L-Newsletter. We are constantly looking for ways to provide our subscribers with value.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (ED) Dividend Stock Analysis

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

Company Description: Consolidated Edison, Inc. is an electric and gas utility holding company serves parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

5 Lessons Learned About Investing In Dividend Growth Stocks

On December 11, 2003, I purchased my first dividend stock. Granted my motives were not pure, nor did I have a clue as to what I was doing. Prior to that I had always been an aggressive growth investor. During my investing years, I have learned many things. However, I would rank these 5 lessons as the most important:

Monday, December 1, 2014

5 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 the last couple of days 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.

Several companies this week provided their shareholders a Thanksgiving bonus in the form of higher cash dividends...

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Tags: MRK, BDX, MKC, HRL, FLO,

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