Dividends

Searching for dividends: individual dividend stocks

In my last post I covered the easiest and most obvious way to get exposure to dividend stocks, by investing in dividend ETFs. While dividend ETFs give you one of the biggest benefits of dividend investing, higher returns, they fail to deliver on other key benefits of dividend investing; lower volatility, lower drawdowns, and more consistent dividends. By far the…

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Dividends

Investing for a living top 10 posts on dividends

Time for guide #2 to the blog. This post lists what I think is a good introduction to dividend investing and some of the nuances behind it. Enjoy! Core strategy: dividend investing – why dividend investing makes up the core of my investment strategy. Simple really. Better long term returns. Dividends; the great bear market protector – the 2nd best…

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Dividends , Retirement

The commutative property of dividends

Sometimes it is good to get back to basics. After a recent conversation with a family member, an elementary school teacher, about the school’s decision to rename improper fractions into something else (no, I’m not joking) I ended up thinking about some dividend basics. One of the basic properties in math, the commutative property, also applies to dividends and offers…

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Stocks

Kinder Morgan reports spectacular Q3 2012 Results

Kinder Morgan kicked off MLP earnings season on October 17 with a very strong report. I’ll briefly discuss the report and then discuss valuation and expected future returns for the Kinder Morgan family of companies. Kinder Morgan’s Q3 2012 earnings were very strong. The full press release is here for KMP, here for KMI, and here for EPB. A few…

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Portfolio

September 2012 portfolio review

I’ve been thinking about writing an income investing newsletter at some point….but haven’t quite committed to that concept yet. Baby steps, baby steps….so, with that in mind I thought I’d start out with a monthly commentary on the positions I hold or have held throughout the month. Feel free to comments and let me know what you think. For my…

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Stocks

Aflac (AFL): the duck’s got game

Aflac (AFL) is currently one of my favorite undervalued dividend stocks. I’ve mentioned it briefly in two prior posts (here and here). The company’s core business is strong and has great growth prospects. The current market environment has it quite undervalued and thus presents a great opportunity for patient long term investors. In this post I’ll describe why I think…

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Stocks

Finding true value and avoiding value traps

Value investing seems easy when you first approach it. Buy stocks that are undervalued and wait until they return to at least fair value. Finding those stocks that are cheap is also pretty easy. Pick your favorite ratio, arm yourself with a stock screener, and you can easily find a long list of ‘undervalued’ stocks. Well, at least cheap stocks.…

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