Thursday, March 22, 2018


Talk about a spending spree, well, relatively speaking.  I hadn't made any open market purchases, other than my 401k, since July 2015 and now in the span of a month I've made 2.  The pause wasn't for lack of trying or opportunities, rather it was due to the fact that since 2014 our lives have been one huge whirlwind.  

One of the great things about dividend growth investing is that, well, the companies pay you cold, hard cash.  For the most part I take all of my dividends in cash so this purchase wasn't made with fresh capital from savings rather from dividends, and some option trading profits, that have built up over time.  No matter where the cash comes from it still feels good to finally starting building up our dividend stream once again.

On March 1st I purchased 18 shares of Altria (MO) for $62.50 per share.  The total cost basis including commissions came to $1,129.95 or $62.78 per share. 

Altria is a Dividend Champion with 48 consecutive years of dividend increases.  Altria's quarterly dividend at the time of my purchase, more on that later, was $0.66 per share.  That puts the YOC for my position at 4.21% and I can expect to receive $47.52 in dividends over the next year barring any reinvestment or dividend increases.

Due to this purchase my FI Portfolio's forward 12-month dividends are $6,099.71.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Are Walmart Figures So Bad That You Need To Sell The Stock?

As a long-term investor in Walmart, I have seen many ups and downs of the stock in recent years. Today's sell-off will not change my attitude in this great company.

The reason why I'm long in Walmart is its deep value and roots to the US economy. Remember, Walmart has over USD 485 billion in annual sales. The next biggest competitor (Costco Wholesale) generated sales of USD 129 billion and Amazon USD 177 billion.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Dividend Growth Stocks Are My Conviction

For many investors, there is no clear conviction as to how they should invest. Today's investments are guided by what was read or heard yesterday, and the popular media is constantly churning out new and different ideas. Granted it makes for some "interesting" reads, but it certainty is no way to run a portfolio.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Weekend Reading Links - March 18, 2018

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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