Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Boring Terms We Need To Know: Yield On Cost

In order to analyze dividend stocks we need to understand some boring statistical terms. Since I'm going to use these terms a lot, I thought it would be best for me to explain them one at a time.  Although these terms initially may sound complicated, I think you'll find they're not that difficult at all to comprehend.

The first term we'll discuss is one that you'll hear me talk about quite a bit when referring to my own portfolio, Yield on Cost (YOC).

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stock Sale

Its been a brutal week for stocks with the S&P 500 down more than 6% as of Friday afternoon.  It's weeks like this that make me realize I'm not a typical trader.  Despite all the doom and gloom headlines about the market, I find myself getting excited.  It's not because I'm shorting stocks (making money when stocks go down), it's because these are the absolute best times to buy high-quality dividend stocks at a discount.  It's time to put some cash in my brokerage account because the market is having a Stock Sale!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

KA-CHING! I just got a 25% raise

You probably think today was a bad day for the market with the DOW dropping nearly 2.5%, but I could care less.  Why, because Microsoft (MSFT) raised its dividend by 25% today from $0.64 to $0.80 a year.  At its current price of around $26, that translates to a yield of 3%.

MSFT started paying a dividend in 2003 at which time they paid $0.32 a year in dividends.  When they began paying a dividend you could have bought them for about the same price they sell for today.  Most people would think that's a horrible return, but I think that's pretty darn good considering that is over one of the worst recessions our country has seen.  But the thing we should focus on is not the price over that period, no we care about the fact that MFST has raised its dividend 150% in the past 8 years.  

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dividend Stock Analysis: Intel (INTC)

Ok, so we've covered why we should be investing in dividend stocks and how to get started. so now its time to have some (nerdy) fun and analyze a specific dividend stock.

Intel (INTCrepresents the largest holding in my portfolio.  I have been allocating it for several years now and will continue to do so while the price, in my opinion, is undervalued.  What I really love about Intel is that it is paying around a 4% dividend yield, which is unheard of for a technology company.  I plan to analyze the Technology sector and their growing popularity as viable dividend stocks in later posts, but lets focus just on Intel for now.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting Started in Dividend Investing

Getting started in dividend investing is fairly simple these days. With a few clicks of your mouse and some cash you can be up and running in no time.  The following is what you'll need to begin:

  1. A way to purchase stock
  2. A dedication to periodic investment
  3. Research tools to choose our stocks
  4. Time (yeah, that one again)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A fun example to prove my point

So you've heard me talk about how great dividend stocks are and how they can build serious wealth over time, but I haven't really proven this with a real-world example.  I thought about putting together an example of if your great-great-grandparents bought $100 of Colgate-Palmolive back in 1885 when they first started (and have never stopped since) paying a dividend and how it would be worth millions today... but that's hard to relate too.

Instead I'd like to give an example of a company that has paid a dividend since the mid 90's.  Its a company I have owned for several years now in my Roth IRA. Of course this is still an extraordinary example, but it truly demonstrates the power of dividend investing. The stock is Realty Income (O), a real estate investment trust (REIT).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Why Dividend Stocks

I'm sure many of you played Monopoly when you were younger, some may even remember the Chance card to the left. It wasn't near as good as getting the "Pass Go and Collect $200", but it wasn't a bad card since it added a little more cash to your pile (and it beat getting a lousy 2nd place in a beauty contest). This card didn't mean much to me when I was younger, but it makes a lot more sense these days. What I really enjoy about this is how the man (Rich Uncle Pennybags) is kicking back in his chair, legs on his desk, smoking a cigar. You would have a hard time finding an image that better personified a dividend investor, or what a dividend investor is striving towards.

This is what I want in 25 years. I want to be kicking back and relaxing while high-quality, financially sound companies provide me with constant and ever-increasing flow of passive income. I don't want to be concerned with the day-to-day fluctuations of the stock market. I want to be on the golf course, on a boat, at a ballgame, or on my couch enjoying life while companies work hard to increase my income.

Sounds like a great dream right? I think so too, and you'd be surprised how easily this can be achieved through a dividend investing strategy. We just need the following to accomplish this dream: