Dividend Stocks 101: The Essential Guide
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Dividend Monk Posts for July:
Step 7: Finish Big
Step 8: Prune and Grow
8 Dividend Stocks with Particularly Strong Balance Sheets
Emerson Electric Dividend Stock Analysis
Facts About the US Debt
How To Build a $150,000 Portfolio By Age 30
As a portfolio update note, I sold my small position in Texas Instruments. It wasn’t a fundamental decision; it was due to a conflict of interest with my employer. Increasingly, I find myself having to evaluate and purchase products for which Texas Instrument competes, and we need to be as objective as possible. I didn’t “have” to sell, but felt it most appropriate to do so. It’s rather unfortunate selling at an inopportune time after such a short holding period, and I lost a bit of money on this “trade”, but fortunately it was my smallest individual stock position, so no worries. I like the company, am familiar with it (too familiar?), and liked the bit of tech exposure that it gave my portfolio.
In more general news, stocks had an atypically abrupt correction over the last few weeks. The Dow has fallen for 9 consecutive days, and had the largest drop since 2008 on Thursday. The S&P 500 is in a similar boat. Many international indexes took an even bigger hit. Economic worries and worldwide debt worries are lagging on the indexes. For value investors, and particularly those with portfolios that are wisely diverse among asset classes, market volatility like this is a blessing rather than a curse. Be on the lookout for bargains, either in terms of markets or individual stocks.
Vanguard: Dealing With Global Debt
Top 20 Diviend Stocks July 2011 -Passive Income Earner
Value Rankings -Dynamic Dividend
Top 100 Dividend Stocks -Intelligent Speculator
Lists of potentially good buys become even more relevant after huge sell-offs. If these were bargains a few days ago, they’re even better bargains today.
Dividend Mantra knows a sale when he sees one. The markets are dropping like crazy, which means Mr. Market is coming to your house depressed every day to give you potentially good deals.
Five Free Dividend Stocks
Dividend Growth Investor highlights five stocks that meet an satisfying goal for investors: The paid out more in dividends over the last 10 years than the price of the stock was 10 years ago.
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Dividend Payout Ratio
Dividend Ninja discusses the payout ratio and also posts a list of 20 top Canadian dividend paying companies.
NUTS! Staying the Course
Beating the Index hasn’t waved the flag of surrender as the markets fight back.
3 Steps to Determine When You Can Stop Working
This guest post on My Own Advisor discusses expenses, income, and when the relationship between the two allows you to retire.
A Market Correction Is A Great Time To Buy
The Dividend Pig says what he wants to buy.
Should You Invest in Vanguard ETFs or Mutual Funds?
Moneycone discusses Vanguard, the king of indexes.
Can Apple Give the Federal Government a Bailout?
Apple has HOW much cash on their balance sheet?? Buy Like Buffett discusses.
5 Ways to Buy Stocks on the Cheap
Sigma Swan presents some low cost ways to buy stock.
Dividend Growth Vs. Dividend Yield
Compounding discusses two long term approaches.