Saturday, June 14, 2008

Carnivals, Festivals and Blogs- June 14, 2008

Carnivals and Festivals

The 156th Carnival of Personal Finance: Songs of Summer, hosted by PT Money, selected my post Selected Dividend Increases in May.

The 92nd Edition of the Festival of Stocks, hosted by George over at Fat Pitch Financials included my post Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) Dividend Analysis.


Moneygardener posted top 5 stock picks - 1 year update.

The Dividend Guy showed Where to Find Dividend Growth Rates.

Tyler from Dividend Money is concerned that Baby Boomers Getting Deeper In Debt.

Dividends4Life presented Dividends - The Capitalist’s Ideal.

The Div Guy presented Pay Yourself With Dividends.

Passive Family Income is asking whether He should ride his bike to work.


  1. Im a pretty young guy 23 years old I have a little under $50,000 I've managed to put aside for the stock market from working the last few years and a couple graduation question is do you feel that now is the time to split up and buy $5K worth of


    I like that GE and PFE have been battered but do you think they are good long term buys ala 30+ years? Alot of the forums i read say these stocks are going nowhere but down the next few years and even warren buffett said his investors shouldnt expect unreal returns from BRK the next few years....whats your take i really like your insight and div analysis I also posted this on the div guy blog. The only reason I ask is bc the economy seems to be slipping big time and Id hate to put my money in if in a few months I can buy the same shres for ALOT less

  2. Danny,

    The stocks that you mentioned below are great companies to own. However, noone knows which companies will be the next big winners in the next 30 years. You might want to diversify into more than 7 stocks, but maybe 30-40 or more. A good starting point could be the S&P Dividend Aristocrats and the High-Yield dividend aristocrats, as well as Mergent's Dividend Achievers Indexes.

    If you are not really familiar/comfortable with investing individual stocks ( don't have the time to study all your stocks), you might want to consider buying one of the many dividend etf's covering the above mentioned dividend indexes.

    And last but not least, if you are looking to holding your investments for the next 20-30 years, I would advise you to ignore the media and short-term news. They are a great contrarian indicator. When they are crying you should be buying, when they are yelling you should be selling.

    Please let me know if you have any more questions!

    Best Regards,

    Dividend Growth Investor

  3. thanks i appreciate it so much. I've been investing from the time I was 16. My first shares of anything were Vfinx an index fund, my parents bought it for me as a bday present but its avg just around 3% return since then. Tell me what you think of the holdings in Dgagx, a very good friend of mines father is the fund manager. I've been thinking about buy ing in to it, but I can mimic that same portfolio without having to pay a 1% annual management fee. Of the stocks I mentioned which do you see as having the most potential moving forward?

  4. I don't think that you can mimic the performance of the fund,because you only get quarterly snapshots of its holdings. I also do not like the 1% annual fee that you would be buying as a fund shareholder. VFINx is a great fund in my opinion. If you diversify a little bit more into real-estate, small and mid cap value, international small, midcap, large cap value/growth plus some bonds you might be ok.
    And last but not least, try to invest in tax advantaged portfolios.
    Of the 7 stocks that you mentioned, i think that all have equal chances of being the next best thing in my opinion. I don't know about PFE, since many of their drugs will be losing their patents after 2010/11. It could be a value trap unless they acquire some company with fresh drug ideas.

  5. Dividend Growth Investor - Thanks for the link!

  6. Thanks for linking back to the CoPF.


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