Weekend Reading 2/4/2012

This past month has certainly been busy. I produced a number of longer-than-usual articles, and have received my record monthly website traffic levels.

Dividend Stocks 101: The Essential Guide
If you’re new to the site, check out this key resource.

Here are the articles that were published in January:

The Downside of Upside
General Mills (GIS) Analysis
Dividend Growth Index Q4
Millionaire Teacher Book Review
Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Analysis
7 Companies with Unrivaled Economies of Scale
Automatic Data Processing (ADP) Analysis
Chevron Corporation: Good Value or High Risk?
Hasbro Might Be Undervalued
6 Solid Dividend Payers with Particularly Powerful Brands
Costco Wholesale: Great Business, Mediocre Price

The article on Chevron was an “Editor’s Pick” on Seeking Alpha, and it’s the one I think is of particular value. ADP and Costco are two businesses I’d love to own if the right price came along. If there was a theme for my articles this month, it’s that due to the market bullishness over the last few months, the best companies around are trading at prices that don’t provide any margin of safety. This can be sad for a value investor.

There were a number of articles from other blogs that I enjoyed this month:

Dividend Investing Will Make You Rich
The Intelligent Speculator posted this article on dividends. If his blog name has been keeping you away from his content, then think again. He provides good articles on dividend stocks mixed in with his speculative tech investments; it’s worth checking out.

3 Tips for Successul Investing
Successful investing is not easy, but it is simple. Kanwal from Simply Investing provided these simple reminders. Sometimes the best thing you can do in investing, is to catch your breath! Take a moment to think rationally about the market, your investments, and your future investments, and see if you should just be patient and look for better prices.

First Buy of 2012: TEF
I like to link to new dividend blogs. If someone takes the time to start sharing information, I want to help them in anyway I can. Check out Stoic Investor’s new blog.

Procter and Gamble: A Dividend Stock to Hold Forever
Dividend Growth Investor provided this analysis of PG, and the title says everything.

10 High Yielding S&P 500 Stocks
D4L continues to provide a number of solid investment ideas.

Why and How to DRIP
Young and Thrifty provided some info on Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs).

Opportunity in Philip Morris
Dividend Mantra’s single largest portfolio position is in Philip Morris International. Find out why.

How to Eat Sustainably
Prairie Eco Thrifter provided some advice on eating habits. As readers that read my article, Invest In Your Health, probably know, I’m big on sustainable eating.

What Do You Refuse To Go Cheap On?
My Personal Finance Journey asks readers what they refuse to go cheap on. In my personal opinion, there are several things that one should avoid going cheap on, ranging from good food, to travel, to various hobbies and passions. Just be conscious about it.

What are Options?
Sustainable Personal Finance wrote an article highlighting the basics of options.

Five Components of a Credit Score
Financial Success for Young Adults delves into credit scores.

7 Minutes of Filtered Warren Buffett



  1. Matt,

    Thanks for including me in your weekend reading roundup! It’s much appreciated.

    I agree with you on the lack of value right now. There’s not much on the table, but this just provides one an opportunity to build a cash position and keep on collecting those dividends!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  2. Thanks very much for the mention. Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for the mention!

  4. Thanks for mentioning my article!

  5. Thanks for the mention!

    Hey, you’re back!! I remember I couldn’t find you for a while.

    Welcome back :)

  6. Thanks for the mention!

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