Bert’s February Dividend Income Summary

Well, well, well.  Looks like another month has finally come to a close.  We are in the first couple of weeks of a new month, so you know what that means… it is time to post my monthly dividend income update.  What seems to be a recurring theme, Lanny beat me to the punch and published his February income summary last week.  I want to echo everything the commenters said about his month.  He crushed it and increased his February dividend income 43% compared to 2015.  That was with KMI’s dividend cut.  Congrats on the awesome month Lanny!    Internally, I created this competition to defeat Lanny in terms of a dividend growth rate each month.  43% is a high bar to surpass, so let’s see if my dividend income in February grew more than his.   Time to check out the results.

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January Dividend Income from YOU the Bloggers!

First month of 2016 is now officially in the books and you know what that means?  The posts on dividend income from the month from YOU the bloggers!  I love this time of the year and seeing everyone’s progress, the leaps, bounds, the ups, the downs and the big hitters for each month that we are receiving.  It’s a great way to show the articles we read and how excited we are for every single pursuit – to financial freedom!  Let’s see how everyone did during January! Continue reading

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Dividend Diplomat’s 2016 Blog Goals

Now enter 2016 baby!!!  I know this post is long overdue, but we did not want to rush our 2016 annual goals and get them down on paper.  These goals will be hard for sure, but what is worth having something if you didn’t have to work hard for it?  Almost as if bananas were already peeled and you had to just pick up and eat it… maybe an orange is a better correlation there, but nonetheless, we have extreme goals for our blog.  This will mark the year where we cross our two year Dividend Diplomat anniversary and want to make the year very forward-moving.  We have quite a few new ideas for posts, twists to our current postings, as well as just the overall jokes between the two of us – this will come to you… ALL YEAR… LONG.  Yep, I know you are all excited for us two crazy CPAs trying to find the balance in our pursuit for financial freedom through dividend investing, as well as the bumps, turns, bruises and the occasional bad pasta sauce along the way.  Enough of the shenanigans… on to The Dividend Diplomat 2016 Goals!

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Target (TGT) Stock Analysis

Just in time for Christmas eh?  As everyone is performing the mad dash to the stores – we all know who is always there for them… the big red bullseye.  For those last minute gift ideas, wrapping paper, clothes and even groceries – Target is there for consumers, and I would have to admit, typically at a higher quality as well.  I wanted to perform a stock analysis on the company, as I feel there are a high quality, fundamentally sound entity, where so many of my loved ones and close friends shop there.  Time to perform our analysis!

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Ending a Short Chapter in My Career

This Sunday, I woke, poured my morning cup (or two or three) of coffee and turned on the television. I began flipping through the channels to see what I could watch before I fired up my laptop to begin blogging.  I stumbled across a classic, Office Space, and had to watch the rest of the movie.   It is one of those movies I have to watch to the finish line, regardless of whether I started watching at the beginning, middle or the end.  Even though I have watched the movie time and time again, there was something different about watching it this weekend.

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Dividend Diplomats July Watch List

The month of July has been a very unusually favorable month – especially if you have capital!  We have seen the market go up and down, similar to last month, except this week, recently, the market has been on a bigger slide, opening up, of course, great dividend stock buying opportunities.  Given the new opportunities unfolding in front of our eyes, it of course leaves us to really pin point down to which stocks are we really looking to purchase into.  Lets see what is on our July watch list!

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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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