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A Record Week for Dividend Increases!

Dividend Growth Investor, recently wrote:

"There were a record 73 dividend increases over the past week. This was the busiest week for dividend increases I have witnessed since starting this site five years ago. I review dividend increases each week in an effort to uncover hidden dividend gems as well as to keep close tabs on the pulse of dividends paid by companies I own or am in the process of researching."

Take a look at his blog post where he highlights companies that boosted distributions…

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Buy and Hold? What does Warren Buffett Think?

Warren Buffett recently appeared live on CNBC's Squawk Box for a two-hour interview with Becky Quick.  During their conversation, they discussed a number of issues about the global economey and investing. You can read the complete transcript here.

I'd like to share with you my favorite part:

BECKY:
Last word, Warren, is a sort of free word association game that we've been playing lately. I say a word, you tell me what it makes me think of. And the question we get most frequently from people ab…

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$8.8 Billion in Dividend Increases

Dividend increases mean more money for you, actually increasing money for you. S&P Dow Jones Indices recently reported 439 dividend increases this year, a 25.4% gain over last year.

S&P Dow Jones Indices reported 439 dividend increases during the third quarter of this year, a 25.4% gain over the 350 increases reported during the third quarter of 2011. Fifty-three companies, of the approximately 10,000 U.S. traded issues, decreased their dividend in the third quarter of 2012 compared to 23 iss…

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How Many Income Producing Assets Do You Have?

How many income producing assets do you have? Your house, car, clothes, paintings, motorcycle, and boat are not income producing assets.

In fact most of those assets cost money to maintain and operate. If your pay check is your only source of income you might be in trouble. What would happen if you lost your job? How long could you survive without a pay check?

If you are not happy with those answers then you need to start acquiring income producing assets. Quality dividend paying stocks are ex…

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The World’s Greatest Tenant

Tenants pay rent, and the rent you earn is the return on your investment. I have found the world’s greatest tenant, and you too can find this tenant! This tenant I've found:

  • does not call me at 2am to complain about a leaky toilet
  • does not have loud parties, or disturb other tenants
  • does not damage my property
  • does not pay partial rent, and promise to pay the rest later
  • always pays her rent on time
  • actually pays me more year after year

I have found the world’s greatest tenant, and I c…

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Which Company Has Increased Their Dividend Over 1000%?

In late 2002 this stock was selling for about $15 to $18 a share, and the dividend was $0.19 per share. Remember a dividend is a cash payment made to all share holders. So if you bought 500 shares in this company back in 2002 for $15 each, you would receive $95 (500 shares x $0.19) in dividends just for owning those shares.

As a result of dividend increases over the years for this stock, the dividend today is $3.08. Which represents an increase of over 1000% since 2002, $0.19 per share to $3.08…

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Your Friend Just Gave You a Hot Stock Tip. What do you do?

A friend, colleague or relative just gave you a hot stock tip. What should you do? Should you run out and go buy this stock? No! The simple answer is, “Thanks, I’ll look into it”.


Buying a stock, bond, mutual fund, or any other investment without doing your own research is not investing it is speculating. Your goal is to maximize your returns, and minimize your risk. The only way to achieve that goal is to do your own research. This research doesn’t have to take long. Here are some basic ques…

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Can You Learn Investing From a 106 Year Old?

Irving Kahn is an American value investor and money manager and the oldest living active investment professional at 106. He was an early disciple of Benjamin Graham, the creator of the value investing methodology. In his own words, here is some investing wisdom:

"You stick to value, to Benjamin Graham, the man who wrote the bible for the market. It’s a mistake to believe you can do more, I warn you. John Maynard Keynes was one of the most famous economists in history. He was a genius, but he fa…

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Think a Lot of Companies Don't Increase Dividends? Think Again!

I love dividends, and I love them even more when they increase. Increasing dividends means more money in your pocket. A solid stream of increasing passive income! Here are some recent dividend increases:

US COMPANIES Amcol Int'l ACO $0.20 from $0.18, increase of 11.11%

Smith, A.O.  AOS$0.20 from $0.16, increase of 25.00%

Am States Water AWR$0.355 from $0.28, increase of 26.79%

Baxter Int'l BAX$0.45 from $0.335, increase of 34.33%

Badger Meter Inc BMI$0.17 from $0.16, increase of 6.25%

Cate…

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When It Comes to Investing, Should You Ignore the Media?

Should you ignore the media?

By media I mean television, radio, magazines, newspapers and internet news, and financial analysts. When it comes to investing your hard earned money, the answer is “yes”! If you want to invest successfully you need to learn to ignore the media, there is just too much noise out there. You have to understand that the media exists to make money for themselves first and foremost. Just like any corporation they exist to generate profits, and they do this by selling adve…

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