Author: scott

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February 2014 Dividends

Only two of my stocks, Apple (AAPL) and Kinder Morgan (KMI) pay their dividend in February. AAPL recently paid $88.97 and KMI paid $55.73, bringing the total for the month of February to $144.70. This is a huge increase from the payouts of $47.89, $44.67, and $0 in 2013, 2012,...

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Dividend Increases Q1 2014

Here’s a list of some recent dividend increases: Avista (AVA) raised annual dividend per share from $0.305 to $0.3175 (4.1% increase), increasing annual dividend from $181.70 to $189.15. Dividend CAGR: 4.1% Bemis (BMS) raised annual dividend per share from $0.26 to $0.27 (3.9% increase), increasing annual dividend from $52.35 to...

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My First LEAP Option Purchase

A LEAP stands for “Long Term Equity Anticipation Security.” It basically is the purchase of a stock option with an expiration period a long ways in the future. Some of the benefits of the LEAPs include a high delta (for in-the-money options) and a very, very small theta. Johnny could...

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Market Timing

I’m not a huge fan of market timing. I’ve written articles about this in the past. At the time of that post (December 23), the Dow was at 16,294; it closed at 15,440 today. If you can’t do the math I’ll give you a hint: December 23rd was not a...

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January 2014 Dividends

2014 started off strong with a huge increase in year-over-year dividends for the month of January. I earned $0 in January 2013 and 2012 (and only received $16.16 from an ETF I owned in January 2011). This month BAX ($14.70), CSCO ($17.76), and GE ($28.37) all paid their dividends bringing,...

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A Reason To Be A Long-Term Investor

There are many strategies when it comes to investing or trading. (This list, of course, isn’t all inclusive but just a few different strategies.) One way is to be very actively involved and buy/sell frequently based on rumors or facts or analysts upgrades or downgrades. Another is to buy and...

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Would you sell AAPL?

In April 2013 I purchased 9 shares of Apple at $401.76 per share. I thought they were cheap then and continue to feel that way now. At the time, I was earning a yield of 2.62% and making $95.40 in dividends per year. I still consider Apple a growth stock…the...

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Scott’s Goals for 2014

2013 was a blockbuster year. Largely thanks to a loose Fed policy and low interest rates, stocks were again the best place to put your money. While I can’t expect such substantial gains (up over 30% in 2013), I will continue to invest 100% in stocks for the foreseeable future....

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Selfish Anonymous Donations

While I’m not rich, by the fact that I’m living in the United States and have a steady, well-paying job, I do realize that I’m ahead of much of the rest of the world. Some of this is due to living below my means and not getting into huge amounts...

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Best Dividend Stocks for 2014

Sometime soon I’ll update my goals and strategies for 2014. In the meantime, The Dividend Guy is offering a Kindle version of his dividend book, 2014 Best Dividend Stock Picks on Amazon. It is a quick, short read and will only be available for free until January 7th, at which...