Usually, this is a system of compensation and/or benefits that is designed to keep an employee from leaving a company. Benefits like matching retirement account contributions, insurance, and stock options are popular handcuffs that can keep an otherwise disgruntled or burned out worker from leaving for potentially greener pastures. And by greener pastures, I’m talking about early retirement.
Johnson Controls (JCI) traces its roots back to an interesting bit of history. One hundred and thirty-one years ago, Warren Johnson was a professor in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It was here that he invented and installed the first electric tele-thermoscope – known today as the thermostat – in his classrooms. The invention served a dual purpose: it kept his students more comfortable and put an end to the hourly interruptions from the janitor checking the rooms’ temperature. Of course we can’t confirm this, but it would be our guess that Professor Warren was a regular student favorite.
Over the past months, I've published a lot of long-term orientated stock ideas on my blog. The aim was to get new and fresh ideas for our asset allocation and I generated tons of great articles but most of them have a clear focus on dividend growth.
This weekend, I've also looked at my dividend growth stock database but I still notice that yields are low and price ratios are very ambitious.
A photograph captures a moment in time. Seconds after the flash dims a tree could have fallen on the object of the photo or the sad looking man in the photo could have been told he just won a million dollars. In much the same way a dividend stock analysis is a snapshot in time, but the real question for the savvy dividend investor is 'where is the stock headed?'