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The blessing and curse of being public

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6 Dividend Stocks That Gave Me A 20%+ Annualized Return

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Andy Warhol in 1968 said that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." In our society, many things follow the 15 minutes of fame paradigm, though duration of time is sometimes more or less. For example, at a fireworks display each rocket is viewed by the audience, albeit just for a few seconds. Olympic athletes will train in obscurity for years for a chance to have a gold medal hung around their neck as the world watches. When it comes to selecting dividend growth stocks, the ones you want are those that will perform well over the long haul...

Five Tips To Avoid Dividend Cuts

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Have you ever held a stock that eventually cut its dividend?

Or do you worry that a company you own might have to reduce its dividend in the future?

If so, you aren’t alone.

Most of the dividend investors I know are focused on building a safe income stream (typically for retirement) and want to preserve their capital.

Avoiding dividend cuts can help with both objectives, and in this article I will explore five techniques that can help identify companies with the best potential of delivering safe, growing dividends over time.

6 Stocks Building Superior Long-Term Returns With Increased Dividends

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Ned Davis Research examined the relative performances of stocks between 1972 and 2006 and established a link between rising dividends and superior long-term returns. The study found S&P 500 stocks that consistently increased their dividends returned 10.4% total return (dividends + share price appreciation), while those that did not increase their dividends returned only 8.2%. The 2.2% advantage of the dividend raisers would equate to an additional $1,802 per $100 invested in 1972.

3 Simple Steps For A Successful Retirement

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Have you ever read something then paused and said well that's stating the obvious? Then upon further reflection realize what is obvious to you may not be obvious to others. This happened to me as I was scanning some retirement headlines...

6 Rainy Day Dividend Stocks

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A pessimist might say life is a series of bad things happening, then we die. I certainty wouldn't go that far, but life often deals us unfortunate circumstances to work through at what seems to be the most inopportune time. During the 2007-2008 economic downturn, many people lost their jobs at a time when companies weren't hiring. When things like this happen, those with an alternative income, including dividend growth stocks, are in a better position to deal with the circumstances thrust on them...

When The Moon Is Low

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7 Stocks Acting Like a Money Machine With Increased Dividends

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Growing up in the late 60’s early 70’s, I spent a fair amount of time reading comic books. I don’t remember much about them, but I do remember several of the classic ads. Of course, there was the Charles Atlas ad where the beach bully kicked sand on the skinny boy and his girlfriend. But the ad that I remember the best was the “Magnificent Marvelous Money Machine“. It was a wooden block with some rollers in which you would put a one dollar bill in one side and a five dollar bill would come out the other.

With Dividend Growth Stocks, Cash Is King

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Are you looking for companies that can sustain and grow their dividend? In making that determination, a company's Statement of Earnings is one of the last places you should look. Cash is king for the dividend growth investor and the Statement of Cash Flows is where astute investors begin when they want to understand the viability of a company...

ERA Group Pitching a Good Game

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When A Stock Fails To Raise Its Dividend: Is It Time To Sell?

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I hate to sell a dividend growth stock. When I buy a stock, my intention is to hold it forever and enjoy its ever-growing dividend income. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work that way. Sometimes things change and the stock no longer fits my criteria for inclusion in my income portfolio.

It could be a company that cuts its dividend or in some cases freezes its dividend (fails to raise its dividend at the appointed time). Let's take a look at a two-step process designed to help us determine if we should sell a stock after a dividend freeze...

Ten Companies Rewarding Shareholders With Regular Dividend Increases

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As part of my monitoring process, I review the list of dividend increases regularly. This helps me to monitor the performance of companies I own. It also helps me to identify promising companies for further research.

I typically focus on companies that have raised dividends for at least a decade. I rarely violate this principle, but when I do, I have found out to have mixed success.

7 Stocks Using Cash To Pay Higher Dividends

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The Boston Consulting Group doesn’t discount the role that stock buybacks can play in boosting near-term returns for some companies. But the firm’s research indicates that stock buybacks do not change investors’ estimates for long-term earnings-per-share growth, or induce them to accord a company a higher valuation multiple. By contrast, it says, dividend growth has a far more positive long-term impact.

Below are several companies that recently used cash to increase dividends paid to their shareholders...

Dividend Stocks in Today's Market

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When I stumble across an old article I had forget, it is like finding lost treasure. Needless to say, this has just happened as I was looking for and information and found some notes on an old article How to Play Dividend Stocks in Today's Market by Roger Conrad. Unfortunately, The site and the article no longer exist, but I still had my notes...

Matchmakers

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