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.

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2012 – The Year Of The Dividend

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To my loyal Daily Dividend Investor readers: Please note that I have migrated the blog over to a managed server located at: www.dailydividendinvestor.com

I will continue to update this WordPress site with duplicate content for a few weeks – most likely until the new year, but you may want to check in at my new hosted location for all the latest content. I am also using a better – easier to read theme that I hope you’ll enjoy. Thanks for reading and following along and don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook page!

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Neil

2012 – The Year Of The Dividend

That’s right, 2012 is on track to see the largest dividend payouts of all time and it’s not too late for you to join in on the action!

cnbc daily dividends smart investing income blog year of the dividend 2012 .jpgThe New York Times published a piece today, titled, “Dividends Rise In Sign of Recovery” written by columnist Christine Hauser, that has since been syndicated by CNBC.

The article highlights the fact that many DOW favorites such as McDonald’s, Bristol Myers Squibb and Home Depot are continuing their long term trend of rewarding share holders with consistent dividend increases.

In the case of McDonald’s, shareholders saw a 15% increase in the dividend in 2011, keeping alive it’s streak of dividend increases every year since 1976. Bristol Myers Squibb which just announced it’s most recent dividend increase, payable on February 1, 2012,  has been paying it’s shareholders every year since 1933 – a 79 year tradition!

If you’ve been following along here at the Daily Dividend Investor for any amount of time you know that almost every day we continue to see company after company increase their dividend payout as the economy slowly, but surely, gains momentum.

The Numbers Look Good

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Things are Quiet like a mouse…

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To my loyal Daily Dividend Investor readers: Please note that I have migrated the site over to a managed server located at: www.dailydividendinvestor.com

I will continue to update this WordPress site with duplicate content for a few weeks,  but you may want to check in at my new hosted location for all the latest content. I am also using a better – easier to read theme that I hope you’ll enjoy. Thanks for reading and following along and don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook page!

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Things are Quiet like a mouse…

Things around the Daily Dividend Investor have been a bit quiet lately. Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve started migrating the site over to a hosted WordPress solution.

Thanks to Erica Douglass over at : www.erica.biz (one of my favorite blogs) – she recently hooked me up with great a 50% off all hosting plans disount at Hostgator (www.hostgator.com)! I signed up for their “Baby Plan” which lets me host unlimited sites for 2 years for $100! I figured I couldn’t beat the price and I’d heard really great things about their service so I went for it.

I’ve spent the last week or so working on bringing up a few sites including Daily Dividend Investor and I have to say that it’s been easier than I ever expected. Although I still have a lot to learn – I haven’t even begun to implement 10% of the tools they provide for building, maintaining and growing your own web site. If you’re in the market to setup a site – you should definitely check them out. I promise it won´t take you long to get up to speed and get your content published.

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Other musings…

cash piles up daily dividend investor wsop cashflow income stream life wsop poker leadersWhile I’ve been focusing my time on the technical side of things, the DDI portfolio has been quietly churning away, building up cash, which as of today is just shy of $600, at $598 and change. I’ll be making my planned capital additions for November and December in the next few days which will bring the cash balance up closer to $3000 – priming the portfolio to add new positions when the time is right.

A positive market

Because the market has been moving upward over the last few days, I’m not in a big hurry to add to my positions. Severalstocks rise christmas santa claus rally bull market daily dividend investor passive income stream lifetime positions have recently announced dividend increases, so the portfolio continues to gain momentum even with no new asset purchases. As the European debt crisis continues to work towards a positive solution, it appears that the US Markets will likely continue this “melt-up” process we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks.

In the mean time as the broader U.S. Stock Market (Dow / Nasdaq / S&P 500)  rises, I’m spending some time looking for undervalued dividend stocks that I can deploy my cash into sooner rather than later. As bank savings and CD rates remain low and continue to trend lower, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find the quality dividend assets, but I’m still looking.

Focus!

bulls eye daily dividend investor focus results passive income stream life cash flowAs I refocus my efforts on finding those hidden dividend producing gems, I’ll be providing more daily updates of the stocks that have announced recent increases – I find it to be a great way to discover small to mid-size niche companies that have long track records of competent and conservative financial management.

Stay tuned for more….

Dividend Increases for Tuesday December 6, 2011

 

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To my loyal Daily Dividend Investor readers: Please note that I have migrated the site over to a managed server located at: www.dailydividendinvestor.com

 

I will continue to update this WordPress site with duplicate content for a few weeks,  but you may want to check in at my new hosted location for all the latest content. I am also using a better – easier to read theme that I hope you’ll enjoy. Thanks for reading and following along and don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook page!

 

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Neil

Dividend Increases for Tuesday December 6, 2011

upwardarrow arrow up stocks increase sl green realty gold corp balchem churchill downs j&j snack dividend increase passive  dividend Five companies announced dividend increases today including a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that increased it’s dividend by 150%!

While none of the yields of any of these companies breaks the 2% range, the fact that so many companies continued to increase their dividend this year is a sign of the business environment continuing to improve.

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SL Green Realty (ticker: SLG) New York City’s largest commercial landlord was the big winner today as it increased it’s dividend from $.40 to $1.00 annually. SL Green Realty pays out a quarterly dividend with the next payment on January  13, 2012 to shareholders of record on January 2, 2012.

Daily Dividend Increases

Also reporting increases today were two annual dividend payers, Balchem Corporation (ticker: BCPC) and Churchill Downs (ticker: CHDN) – both of these firms increased their dividend by 20% year over year.

Rounding out today’s dividend players was Gold Corp (ticker: GG) and J&J Snack Foods (ticker: JJSF) raising their dividends by 31% and 8.5% respectively. For more detailed information about today’s dividend increases please refer to the chart below.

Investment Considerations

As always when evaluating investment opportunities it’s important to keep in mind not only the fundamentals of the stock itself, but also how the holding entity (Limited Partnership, Royalty Trust, Master Limited Partnership, Business Development Company, Preferred Stock) may affect the way you report income on your annual tax return as well as the amount or percentage of tax  you will be required to pay. Adding shares of any of these special entities to tax deferred / retirement accounts may also present additional issues.

Remember to review all of the fundamentals of any company BEFORE investing – do not simply buy a stock based on the dividend payout. If you have further questions about any stock mentioned her you should first consult with your CPA or tax planner / advisor before making any investments.

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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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