Thursday, August 25, 2016

My observations on wealth building

My journey to try and accumulate wealth has been an interesting one. I’ve learned many interesting lessons over this period of time.

Dollar cost average into a stable index

Steady accumulation into a low-cost index is a great way to build up consistent wealth. Over time, the value of a broad-based index steadily increases as the underlying companies within that index improve their performance.
Dollar cost averaging ensures that you take advantages of market volatility and downturns in pricing. Also the beauty of an index that it will respond to structural changes in the economy and discard those companies that are poor performers or become irrelevant.

Stick with businesses that have sustainable competitive advantages

I have a personal preference for businesses that have strong differentiation I want businesses that can stand the test of time. That’s important to me because these businesses typically not only have superior returns but it also means that I don’t need to be chopping and changing and finding new businesses on a constant basis.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reading Between the Lines

Communication has always been a fascinating subject to me. While discussing communication, we always tend to focus on languages, dialects etc, but there is so much more than just the spoken word. This may include other forms of communication such as body language, for instance. This post is a discussion focusing on what is *not* being said and trying to decipher the meaning of something; whether the other person has something to obfuscate or simply not a good communicator. As it turns out, what is *not* being said can shed more light on the interaction. I discuss a few personal stories in this post about reading between the lines.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

12 Cheapest Dividend Champions

Interested in finding undervalued dividend stocks? If so, the following list will likely be of interest to you.

To create the following list we started by compiling a universe of "Dividend Champions,” companies with a history of increasing dividends each year for at least the past 25 consecutive years. From there, we searched for the names that appear undervalued by low foward P/E. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

9 Dividend Stocks For A Rainy Day

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 times. During this most recent 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.

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