Monday, March 30, 2015

Seeding A Forest Of Dividend Growth Stocks

In the southern U.S. where I live, there has been some controversy over harvesting forests of hardwoods and reseeding them with pines. Valuable hardwood trees such as white and red oaks, cherry, ash, yellow poplar and black walnut require decades to reach financial maturity. The southern pine reaches financial maturity in a fraction of the time, but will not bring the same price as hardwoods. Growing hardwoods is very similar to investing in dividend growth stocks.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekend Reading Links - March 29, 2015

For your weekend reading pleasure, the articles listed below contain some of the best dividend and value investing insights found on the web. They were written by various members of the Dividend Investing and Value Network over the past week:

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Financial Independence = Geographical Independence

There’s an old model to life. You get a job that requires the majority of your waking hours, buy a big house out in the suburbs with a large garage to park your two cars, drive 30 or 60 (or more!) minutes to work, spend at or above your means, and live this lifestyle until you’re pretty much too old and worn out to continue.
However, there’s a new, competing model. You get the same job, live in a smaller place that’s right-sized for your needs, live much closer to work so that you can possibly use public transportation, walk, or bike (or at least drive a lot less), live well below your means, and live this lifestyle for 10-15 years until you can retire early or do something else perhaps more meaningful and/or enjoyable with your life. This new model is designed to afford one financial independence early enough in life so that they can enjoy it, basically customizing life to their specific desires.
Now, you’re probably already aware of all this. Old news, right?
Well, what’s perhaps newer news is something that’s less often discussed in regards to financial independence.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Stock Analysis of T Rowe Price

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. (TROW) is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The firm provides its services to individuals, institutional investors, retirement plans, financial intermediaries, and institutions. T. Rowe Price Group is a dividend champion, which has raised dividends for 29 years in a row.

The most recent dividend increase was in February 2015, when the Board of Directors approved an 18.20% increase in the quarterly dividend to 52 cents/share.

The company’s largest competitors include Blackrock (BLK), Vanguard and Fidelity.

Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 12.80% to its shareholders. Future returns will be dependent on growth in earnings and starting dividend yields obtained by shareholders.

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