Sunday, August 26, 2012

Weekly Links: August 26, 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. 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 Dividend Guy presented Investing and Cash Flow Strategies Through Insurance
- Sigma Swan presented Buffett’s Next Move: His Biggest Yet?
- Barel Karsan presented Conventional Wisdom: The Falling Knife

The DIV-Net Featured Articles

- Stock Analysis: Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)
- Food Prices Are Rising…Again
- Building My Portfolio for Retirement, with Dividends and Bonds
- If You Own Utility Stocks, Consider Selling The Overvalued Ones - Part 1
- Finding Value In This Market
- Republic Services Looks Fair at $28/Share
- Investing in Western Utility Stocks - Do Today’s Valuations Make Sense Part 2
- Recent Buy
- Wal-Mart Stores Stock Analysis
- Addendum To: Investing in Western Utility Stocks, Do Today’s Valuations Make Sense, Part 2
- Three Insurance Stocks Quietly Raising Dividends Year After Year

Articles from D4L-News:

When to Sell Your Dividend Stocks
Too many low-risk investors were captivated by the glitz of the Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) IPO and took it on the chin. And of course, many dividend investors have been sucked in to the trap of chasing yield. Younger investors or well-heeled traders may not realize that living off your dividends as income is a common way to provide for retirement. But I know from real-life exchanges that this is very much the situation that many investors are in right now. So my first morsel of advice is simple and philosophical: Don’t...

Lessons From Top Fund Managers
After almost a year of interviewing top portfolio managers for Benjamin Shepherd’s Wall Street, I realized that some of these conversations had yielded key investing insights that should be gathered in one place. While much of their investment process involves painstaking fundamental analysis, their approach to risk mitigation is probably the most salient takeaway for the average investor. So what kinds of stocks perform well while incurring less volatility than their peers? Well, the underlying business must have...

Protect Assets, Create Income, Retire Happy
Retirement can be a comforting but challenging event in many people's lives. You want to be able to live comfortably during this time without worrying about how to make ends meet. To do this requires that you have a solid strategy in place that can provide consistent income, protect you against inflation and allow you to live a comfortable lifestyle during your retirement years. In this article, we will examine some of the things that you can do to have an enjoyable retirement without the stress and challenges that so many retirees face today...

Great Funds For Growing Dividends
Dividend stocks were once viewed as so boring. My, how things have changed! Today, companies that pay dividends -- and the funds that invest in them -- are the things to own. Manager Donald Kilbride has guided Vanguard Dividend Growth (symbol VDIGX) to market-beating results during a turbulent period for stocks. Over the past five years through June, Dividend Growth, a member of the Kiplinger 25, gained 3.3 percent annualized. That beat Standard & Poor's 500-stock index by an average of three percentage points per year. Kilbride employs a straightforward dividend-growth strategy. Each of the 48 large companies in his portfolio is...

Feast Your Eyes on These Dividends
Investors rarely think of restaurant and food stocks as insulated from economic turmoil. However, several companies in this sector pay good dividends and will remain successful if the global economy hits another bump in the road. Let's take a look at which food stocks may be able to protect your portfolio...

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

New Dividend Book
One of my colleagues, Dividend Monk, recently launched a book on dividend investing. It’s called the Dividend Toolkit, and for the price of a book it includes both a PDF guide on efficient stock analysis, and the specific spreadsheet tool that he use to calculate the fair value of a dividend stock.

The Dividend Toolkit explains the valuation methods, including Discounted Cash Flow Analysis, in easy terms. They’re elegantly simple once they are understood. There’s an introductory section on the investing basics, and then it gets into more detail in the advanced sections. But for each topic, it brings everything back down to practical and actionable things to help make you a better and more efficient investor, right away. 

Click here for more information on The Dividend Toolkit.

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