Small Dividend Increases from Big Companies This Year

As I sit here with the desire to “crank out” an article before the day starts (going for an 8 minute post) – it dawned on me that this year hasn’t been the “strongest” in terms of dividend increases for large companies that we all share, hold and love.  Some are even dividend aristocrats that increase their dividend year, after year, after year.  Some are big name companies that over the last 5 to 10 years have had large or more than the average dividend growth rates, say between 5 and 15% increases, vs the 0-5% increases from some of the others.  This has been a very different year for dividend investors as we navigate the playing field and start seeing action events from companies on their annual increases, which – we can’t blame them at all, given the facts displayed out below.  Let’s see what I’m talking about so far this year, with 5 examples of companies that haven’t provided that historical or thought of dividend increase year. Continue reading

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Dividend Diplomats’ January Watch List

We are already halfway through the first month of 2015 and it has been a very active month for us.  There have been a few purchases, some we have written about and a few we haven’t, and one big sale.   If there is one thing I have learned over the last year, it is that we do not hold cash for a long period of time and we are always looking to make a move.  The big question is, which stocks are currently on our radar?

December Watch List

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Dividend Diplomats November Watch List

Wow! We are halfway through November already.  I can’t believe it; 2015 is quickly approaching.  Each month we have been putting a watch list together to help us and the readers find that next investment.  Sometimes the list leads to a purchase and sometimes the stock appreciates so quickly it flies off of our watch list.   So which companies are we watching over the next few weeks?  Let’s find out!

November Watch List

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Lanny’s August Investment Report

Another month has passed and another month of results to analyze and look back on.  Time to look at where I stand with my goals, to see if any “tweaking” needs to be performed and also – another month closer to Financial Freedom!  Let’s see what August brought us.

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Latest Stock Purchase 8/26/14 – John Deere

Today was a quick trigger type of day.  I wanted to initiate a position that has been gaining a lot of attention – not only on our watch list, but from the dividend blogging community as well.  I made a purchase on my phone while at a Financial Institutions conference with 3% battery life left.  After the trade was made, my phone died.  Timing? We’ll see.  Continue reading

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Dividend Diplomat August Watch List

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  It has been 45 days since Bert posted his 10 stocks on his watch list and it is now time to update this list, as well as incorporating the full Diplomat team (Lanny!) into the mix, as we all have stocks on the watch list.  It’s been a wild 45 days and based on different purchases made over that stretch and allocation/weights in our portfolios, it is time to adjust and discuss which stocks are on our August watch list, RIGHT NOW! Continue reading

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