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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Searching for dividends: ETFs

“OK, I buy the dividend argument, now what?” This is something I hear quite a bit. After going through the argument for investing based on dividends, which I summarized in my blog summarizing my top dividend posts, many investors don’t know what to do next. Basically, there are two choices which I will discuss in this and the following post.…

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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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Timely investing wisdom from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Earlier this week my wife and I were discussing the stock market events that were taking place in front of us; markets gripped by political intrigue, both domestic and overseas, violent swings in volatility, slowing economic growth, and lots of uncertainty. I then started telling her about what my plan was (I was actually getting excited) and she chimed in…

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Don’t let anchoring tie you down

Today I wanted to touch on another common behavioral issue that most investors fall prey to, anchoring. I’ve commented previously on the behavior gap, how behavioral issues lead to investor under performance and specifically how more information often leads to worse investment performance. Anchoring is another behavioral pitfall for investors. I’ll describe what it is first and then show a…

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Will the year 2000 retiree destroy the 4% rule?

The 4% rule of thumb for retirement savings is under threat. After 10 years of retirement, through the end of 2009, individuals who retired at the beginning of the year 2000 are potentially on a path to run out of money before the end of their 30 year retirement period. In this post I’ll compare the current path of the…

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The importance of valuation for income investors

The price you pay for an investment is the primary determiner of risk. Plain & simple. As legendary value investor Seth Klarman puts it; Risk is not inherent in an investment; it is always relative to the price paid. Uncertainty is not the same as risk. Absolutely! I find that too many income investors are way too focused on uncertainty,…

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The investing for a living retirement model

Well, its finally time to put it out there. Since I started blogging I’ve been trying to build a base of background posts to get me to this point. Today, I want to share with you the retirement model that I am using to fund my retirement. I think I have posted enough background information that explains the reasons for…

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The dividend hammer

Sometimes a problem IS a nail and the solution IS a hammer. The famous maxim, ‘to one with a hammer every problem looks like a nail’ is used very often to warn against using the same solutions to solve encountered problems. By the way, this maxim is known as Maslow’s maxim, after Abraham Maslow, the father of modern management technique.…

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