Sunday, April 1, 2012

Weekly Links: April 1, 2012

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.
    Articles I enjoyed reading included (in no particular order):

    - The Dividend Guy presented You Are Thinking About Retiring? You Must Read This Article
    - EPIC INVESTOR presented Two High-Yield Dividend Payers Worth a Look
    - Dividend Monk presented 4 Dividend Growers with Almost Zero Credit Risk

    Articles from D4L-News:

    Rewards Getting Better For Dividend Stocks
    The last few years have been difficult for most small investors, but they've been especially hard on the growing numbers who are averse to risk and hungry for income. The solution for some has been to shift some money out of bonds and into blue-chip stocks that have a long history of continuous dividend payouts. The outlook is good for dividend payouts to rise, analysts believe...

    Has Dividend Growth Kept Up With Inflation?
    About a year ago, I published an article about dividends keeping up with inflation. At the time, I only had data going back to 1988 (22 years). Now I have found a better source, with S&P 500 dividend increases going back to 1960 (51 years). The S&P 500 is not a good proxy for a well-selected portfolio of dividend growth stocks. But it can be used to illustrate broad trends, and I think that it is instructive with respect to the question of whether dividend growth has tended to keep up with inflation. There is no question that over very long time frames, dividend growth has...

    Where To Find Great Dividend Stocks
    Dividend stocks have taken the investing community by storm. With many investors desperately searching for income, low rates on traditional income-producing investments such as bonds and bank CDs have forced millions to look to higher-yielding dividend stocks to make up the difference. Yet as well-known blue-chip dividend stocks have gotten increasingly popular, some forward-thinking investors have looked even further afield for income opportunities. One place where they've turned is perhaps the last place you'd expect to find conservative, income-oriented stocks -- yet they're producing returns that put broader measures of the market to shame...

    How to Pick Dividend Stocks
    Do you need more income? Join the crowd. It seems everyone is scouring the landscape these days for decent income investments to beef up their monthly take-home - especially now with the price of gas and other everyday items skyrocketing. But it's not too late to find great dividend stocks. You can still get cold, hard cash on a regular basis by investing in companies that reward loyal investors with substantial dividends. In fact, if dividend-paying stocks aren't a major part of your portfolio, the odds of being successful in the markets are stacked against you. Need proof? An exhaustive study of stock market returns from 1871 through 2003 showed that...

    Take Stock Of Dividend Investing
    Many investors have become fans of dividend investing in recent years. If you lived through the tech wreck of 2000, the post-9/11 markets drop and the world financial system's near-collapse in 2008, you have probably come to appreciate the simple pleasure of getting regular dividend payments from boring companies -- especially if they rise regularly. The fact so many investors seek out dividends has been helpful in persuading more companies to return value to shareholders directly through dividends. This is important...

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    There are some really good articles here, please take time and read a few of them.  

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