Top 5 Factors for Choosing the Best Dividend Investments – Part 1

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If you are investing in dividend stocks for income, you already know that there are 1000’s of companies to consider when investing your money. So how to you choose the best place to put your money? You’ve heard it a hundred times – to protect your portfolio, be “Diversified”. But what if you diversify using the wrong mix of companies? It’s not hard to build a really poorly performing portfolio – so how can you avoid those pitfalls and rise above?

Well, there’s no silver bullet, but here are a few things that I look for when adding a new position to the DDI Portfolio.

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Happy Memorial Day! – Dividend Investing Video Review

Happy Memorial Day!  – Dividend Investing Video Review

Memorial Day, for many people in the US is considered the “official” start of memorial day remember soldiers stock market closedSummer – however, it was originally called Decoration Day, and is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

Won’t you take a moment today to stop and pause to remember those gave their lives so that you may enjoy the many freedoms given to all citizens of the United States?

Stock Markets Closed – Homework Time

homework time daily dividend investing for passive cashflow lifetime retirement incomeSince the US stock markets are all closed today in observance of Memorial Day, I thought it might be good opportunity to review some of the basics of dividend investing. Josh Peters over at Morningstar put together this great video about what to look for when evaluating adding a dividend stock to your portfolio.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

Markets Are Down – But Dividends Keep On Increasing

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Even with the much anticipated Facebook IPO today, the US stock markets all logged another day of declines with the Dow down 73 points, the Nasdaq down 34 points and the S&P down 9 points, closing another loosing week for US stocks.

southwest airlines dividend increase friday may 18 daily investor passive income stream for lifeBut all is not lost – 11 companies announced dividend increases today including a 50% plus dividend increase from DDI portfolio holding Southwest Airlines (ticker: LUV). Other notable names include Northrop Grumman (ticker: NOC), Primerica (ticker: PRI) and Xcel Energy (ticker: XEL).

 

Today’s Dividend Increases

Here’s a quick list of today’s winners with dividend increases:

Company Ticker Yield New Old Frequency
Holly Frasier HFC 2.1% .15 .10 Quarterly
Insperity NSP 2.7% .17 .15 Quarterly
Northrup Grumman NOC 3.8% .55 .50 Quarterly
Pacific Continental PCBK 2.6% .06 .05 Quarterly
Pennsylvania REIT PEI 5.0% .16 .15 Quarterly
Primerica PRI 0.8% .05 .03 Quarterly
Republic Bancorp Cl A RBCAA 3.1% .165 .154 Quarterly
Southwest Airlines LUV 0.5% .01 .0045 Quarterly
Spartan Stores SPTN 1.8% .08 .065 Quarterly
Wabtec WAB 0.3% .05 .03 Quarterly
Xcel Energy XEL 4.0% .27 .26 Quarterly

Just TRY s#!7 – it’s OK to fail

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Let me say that again….I FAIL A LOT! Sometimes people ask me why I buy this stock or that stock or even why I’m even invested in stocks at all? The stock market is a casino, it’s rigged, it’s a scam.

It’s true, not every investment you make is going to rise – but the bottom line is, if you don’t TRY how will you ever know?

I once heard a great quote, “Show me a man who’s never lost money in an investment and I’ll show you a liar.”

The reality is you have to have vision and patience to be a successful investor. You have to take action and keep at it for a long time. Too many of us have become part of the “microwave” generation – we want what we want and we want it NOW! (or with the case of the microwave – within 30 seconds)

It’s why day-trading doesn’t work – when you invest your money, whether it be in stocks, oil, real estate, goats, stamps or Pokemon cards – you just can not be certain whether the next move your investment makes is up or down. You have to be willing to watch your investment fall before it rises or even rise before it falls. Over the short term, no one knows which way an investment will move.

But that’s where TIME comes in, it’s the great equalizer.

Lessons learned- Terra Nitrogen (ticker: THN)

terra nitrogen stock blows up huge gain daily dividend investor cash flow passive risidual money stream at homeBack in the late 1990’s I was looking for a few good income producing stocks to add to my portfolio. While watching NBR (Nightly Business Report) on my local PBS station one night I came across what looked to be a possible candidate: Terra Nitrogen (ticker: THN).

The stock was tradingin the $30-$40 range and was paying out a quarterly dividend of between $1-$3/share! I knew that this was a riskier play, but they looked to have a good niche business providing fertilizer products to mid-west farmers. I was pretty sure that farming would be around awhile and the payouts would likely continue. However by late 1998 because of some business problems the company cut it’s dividend to $ZERO and the stock price fell over the next few month, eventually reaching a low of $3.50.

My great income producer now not only wasn’t generating income, but the value of the shares had dropped by 90%! I felt vindicated that I had sold my shares in the $6 range, well off the lows. A long 2 years past and in 2000 the company reinstated a greatly reduced dividend of $.22/share. But the glory days had NOT returned – as this payout would last for only 3 quarters and then would take a 1 year break. This process of starting and stopping the reduced dividend payouts would continue until 2004 when the share price had eeked it’s way back up to $9/share and had raised it’s dividend to about $.50/share.

piles of cash income daily dividen investor risidual stream from homeThe business began to flourish again and the share price and dividend continued to rise. Today the quarterly payouts are again in the $1-$3 range and the share price is well above the $100/share mark. Not only has the payout increased but the shares have increased by over 2000% from their all time lows.

Commit to the long term

long term passive income stream daily dividend investor portfolio generates income from homeAs I think back on this lesson, I am now recommitting to holding my positions in the DDI portfolio for the long term. For me long term is 20/30/40 years. I am optimistic that the current markets are offering good income producing shares that will continue to grow both cash flow and price appreciation over the duration of the DDI portfolio.

The 9 positive things about today’s market CRASH

The 9 positive things about today’s market CRASH

poke your eye out stock market crash daily dividend investor income passive cash flowWell, that was fun. About as much fun as a hot needle in the eye – ouch! Today‘s drop of over 500 points on the DOW wasn’t exactly the dead-cat bounce I was looking for after yesterday’s drop – but it *will* come.

The real question now seems to be what is going to help sustain this market from falling further? Well today there were at least nine positive factors, want to know what they were?

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Buying stock today! Are you crazy?

I admit it. I bought stock today.guy pulls out hair crazy investor daily dividend income passive cash flow

I know, the markets are going to ZERO, the double dip recession is just around the corner, thousands more employees are getting pink slips and real estate will never get better. We’re all going to HELL!

But I bought anyway…

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Stocks + Fireworks = Explosive week of gains

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You know by now that the main focus of the DDI portfolio is (daily) income generation, but with a week like this, the Capital Appreciation that we saw is always always a nice side benefit. The DOW started the week at 11,943 and with 5 straight days of solid gains ended the week at 12,582 for a total gain of 639 points. On a percentage basis the index rose a whopping 5.3%!

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