Crossing $55,000 in Market Value & $2,000 in Dividend Income

As we mentioned in our blog’s one year anniversary post a few days ago, my portfolio has crossed a couple of major milestones recently and I am very excited to finally share them with the community.  Over the couple of months, I have crossed both $55,000 in Market Value and $2,000 in Projected Dividend Income.  I still can’t believe it, as it seems like just yesterday I was crossed $40,000 in market value (last June) and $1,750 in projected dividend income (last August).   Two round, iconic numbers in my eyes. It has been a fun journey between milestones, so lets take a look at how I got there.
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Our One Year Bloggiversary!

One year ago, today, on May 15, 2014 – the Dividend Diplomats were created.  Two young guys in public accounting, after constant discussions of investing, financial freedom, dividend stocks and life without the chains – they came to a meeting of the minds.  365 days have past and WOW what a ride it has truly been.  (Lanny) has been reading the dividend investing community blog-o-sphere for more than 5 years and (Bert) has done this now for going on 2 years.  Two guys that grew up in two different areas on Northeast Ohio – Lanny from Akron and Bert from Cleveland, one being Catholic and the other, er, uhm, Jewish, one being 6’3 and the other being 5’8, they still shared many things in common, one of those being – deep hearted passion about dividend income investing and to have this income to push them toward crossing the line of financial freedom.  Time to take a look back at 365 days…

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Calling All Bloggers! What is the Best Laptop For Blogging?

Bloggers, I need your help.  I am in a huge debate with myself, Bert and others on what is the best laptop/chromebook/tablet out there for bloggers and blogging alike.  There has to be pros and cons to each one in the market, and I’m having quite a difficult time finding the best one for what I need to use it for.  I’ll list out the potential devices I am considering, but would absolutely love guidance – and what better than to ask individuals who are also writing/blogging – so thank you for considering helping me in the search.  Let’s see what I’m looking for, why I am and what I’ve come up with so far.  From there – all and any feedback would be appreciated!

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General Mills (GIS) Stock Analysis

Time for a dividend stock analysis over a company we are all well aware of, are one of our dividend aristocrats and is a legacy type stock.  We all have seen the commercials, definitely have had a bite of their branded products and is  a staple in almost every household.  Who else doesn’t want a jolly green giant, multi grain crunching cereal  with a little “woo hoo” from a poke in the stomatch?  Yes, I am referring to the General Mills (GIS) company who pumps over $19 billion in sales annually (combined domestic and international).   Let’s see how good that honey bee tastes!download

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Expected Dividend Increases in May

All, I am very proud to say this, but this article series has come around full circle.  One of the very first articles we wrote on this blog was about Dividend Aristocrats that were expected to announce a dividend increase during June, 2014. This article will represent our 12th summary and you know what that means, our website is getting ready to celebrate its one year anniversary!  As a refresher, this monthly article series stemmed out of a love that me, Lanny, and many other dividend growth investors share….increasing dividends!   So much so that it turned into a game as we would try our best to predict the increase that would be announced.  While the game was fun, it was centered around the central idea that dividend growth is crucial for any DGI portfolio so that we can build a steady, growing income stream.  Without the growth, our income stream would begin to lose its purchasing power annually as the growth in inflation would slowly erode the value of the income stream.  With that being said, lets take a look at the first article in Year 2 and see which dividend Aristocrats are expected to announce a dividend  increase in May.

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Mowing the Lawn – Frugal Style!

It’s summer, not yet, but here in Ohio it’s currently 70 degrees plus oddly enough and it’s only the beginning of May.  My grass has started to sprout, er uhm.. giant green stalk actually and it’s time to get the mowing season started.  I have a VERY Small lot and a brief background is my oil/gas powered “machine” went out on me at the beginning of LAST summer.  Sure, I could have gone out to buy a new powered mower and spend $150-$300 on a gas powered-get out of my way lawn mower, I mean everyone has one of those and how the heck else do you cut grass if you don’t have an oiled-machine?  I took a step back and went back into “time” for the method to my “huge” aka tiny lawn this year, which ended up being the frugal method.  Look at this beast and let’s talk about it:

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Top 5 Low Dividend Yield, High Dividend Growth Stocks

I’m very excited to dive into this research and find what we think are the best 5 low yield, high dividend growth stocks.  We are only going to focus on the dividend aristocrats, who have increased dividends for 25+ years consecutively, as a baseline/filter out of stocks.  This will then keep us focused on a good barrel fool instead of a whole potential market full of stocks.  As the dividend world goes – typically if you invest into a lower yielding stock, it is compensated by a high dividend growth percentage, at least one would hope.  The case would be vice versa – a high dividend yield stock, would typically have a low dividend growth percentage.  Who is on our list for the top 5 spots?  Let’s find out!

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